Recognizing that understanding environmental history enriches and contextualizes environmental policy and practice, Rutgers' Center for Historical Analysis presents a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the Garden State's 20th century ecological and political/economic transformations. Issues abound, of course, ranging for example from preserving/revitalizing forests and watersheds to engaging the challenges of urban brownfields and toxic waste sites.
The core questions animating the conference are three:
What aspects of the state's environmental history would be most valuable for environmental policy makers and stakeholders to appreciate?
What issues in environmental policy and advocacy call for substantive historical research to help guide planning and decision-making?
Where, on both counts, may we discover models framed within or beyond New Jersey useful for defining problems and contexts?
Registration is required, but free. Contact Lynn Shanko at RCHA via email. Rooms at $69/night are available at the University Inn for any attendees wishing to stay over Friday night. Lunch will be provided to all on Friday and Saturday and there will be an open reception Friday, 5:30-6:30. For directions, room reservations, or to ask other questions, email Ms. Shanko or call.
Friday, April 25th
Joanna Burger, Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers, Department of Biology, KEYNOTE, "A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore"
Michael Rockland, Rutgers, Department of American Studies, FILM, "Three Days on Big City Waters" (48 Minutes)
Stephen Marshall, Attorney, Lincoln Park, "Degradation, Development, Preservation, and Remediation: The Newark-Hackensack Meadows in the 20th Century"
Heather Fenyk, Rutgers, Department of Urban Planning, and David Gutson, Rutgers, Department of Public Policy, "The Birth of a Movement: Protecting New Jersey's Freshwater Wetlands"
Judith Friedman, Rutgers, Department of Sociology, "Woodbridge River and River Wetlands Preserve"
Robert Reynolds, NJ and Penn Historic Preservation Consultant, "The Free Fishing Controversy of Sussex County, New Jersey
Bonnie McCay, Rutgers, Department of Human Ecology, "Oysters, Public Trust, and the Supreme Court of New Jersey"
Richard Lathrop, Jr., Director, Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, "Landscape Change Research" - A Multi-media Presentation
Saturday, April 26th
James K. Mitchell, Rutgers, Department of Geography, "A Century of Natural Disasters in a State of Vulnerability: New Jersey 1900-99"
Eileen McGurty, Johns Hopkins University, "'Solid Waste Management in "The Garbage State"' New Jersey's Transformation from Landfilling to Incineration"
P.S. Wichanski, Christopher P. Weaver, L. Steyaert, and R. L. Walko, Rutgers Center for Environmental Prediction, Department of Environmental Sciences, "Evaluating the Effects of Historical Land Cove Change upon N.J. Summertime Climate"
1-1:45 pm Frances Treanor, Media Women, FILM, "Saving the Palisades"
2-4:30pm "Landscapes and Place"
Jaclyn M. Dispensa, Drexel University, "Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future: The Environmental Impacts from Societies of Past and Present"
Bruce Molholt Expert Witness, Toms River Litigation, "Time and Toms River"
Bryant Simon, University of Georgia, Department of History, "A Natural History of the Life and Death of a Great American City: Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1850-2000"
Theresa McNichol, President, Ren Associates, "New Jersey Landscape Through The Artist Lens"
Lynn Shanko, Administrator
Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis
88 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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