The Idea's of Nature is a lecture series put together by Dr. Samantha Harvey, Assistant Professor of Literature at Boise State University.
Dr. Harvey's lecture series will take place again this year at Boise State University at the Simplot Ballroom A-D in the Student Union Building. The lectures are free and require no tickets. Please email Dr. Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to attend the free receptions after the lecture where you can meet the speaker, or to get information about free parking. The following distinguished lecturers will come to Boise this spring:
1) John Elder, Professor Emeritus of Middleburry College, lecturing on "Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont." This lecture will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6 PM with a reception to follow at 7 PM, Simplot Ballroom A-D, Student Union Building, Boise State University.
Lecture 1 description: In addition to being one of the most beloved and influential writers of the twentieth century, Frost was also an extremely perceptive observer of natural patterns. His ecological insights enrich the beauty and intricacy of his poems while also heightening his reader's own understanding of northern New England's densely forested landscape. This lecture will look at both these aspects of Frost as a poetic naturalist through readings and discussions of some of his most celebrated works. Along the way Elder will also relate his poetry directly to his own experiences in the forests of Vermont, the same landscape that inspired Frost.
2) Dan Philippon, Professor at the University of Minnesota, lecturing on “The Nature of Slow Food.” This lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6 PM in the Simplot ballroom A-D, Student Union Building, Boise State University.
Lecture 2 description: Professor Philippon will give a free public lecture on the “Slow Food” movement in Europe. Although Slow Food is often portrayed as a contrast to fast food, it is less about speed than scale. Visits with artisan food producers in Italy's Piedmont region, where Slow Food was born, illustrate the weaknesses in the romantic understanding of nature as "other" and confirm that scale is the key variable in the search for sustainability.