Dr. Lisa Brady is associate professor of History at Boise State University. She teaches courses in environmental and world history and conducts research on the environmental causes and implications of warfare. Her book on the American Civil War is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (expected publication, 2011). She has published articles on the Civil War and on the Korean DMZ. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Humanities Council and the DMZ Forum, an international, non-profit organization.
Most people know Lincoln as the "Great Emancipator," but few understand the 16th president's tremendous influence on the nation's environment. Lincoln's settlement policies revealed his commitment to the "free soil" ideology and resulted in the biggest transference of public land to private hands in American history. In this presentation, Dr. Brady examines the environmental history of Lincoln's administration, ranging from issues surrounding the Homestead Act of 1862 to the ramifications of the Civil War and the end of slavery.
A narrow strip of wilderness, flanked by millions of armed soldiers, separates North and South Korea. That thin green line has in the past symbolized the prolonged tensions between the two nations, but today it represents the peninsula’s greatest hope for peace and reconciliation. Despite recent troubles, including North Korean threats to use nuclear weapons against South Korea, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) seems to be an issue on which both Koreas can agree – its ecological and cultural significance should be preserved. In this presentation, Dr. Lisa Brady tells the story of the Korean War and its aftermath through the lens of environmental history and discusses the potential avenues Koreans north and south of the DMZ might take for a more prosperous and peaceful future.
Presentation length: 45 minutes, plus time for questions and discussion
Presentation requirements: Laptop with USB port and Powerpoint, LCD projector.