Seminar on Environmental and Agricultural History

This seminar series is sponsored by MIT's History Faculty and Program in Science, Technology,and Society. For more information, contact

Sessions are held from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at MIT in E51-095.

2017-2018 Schedule

September 22, 2017

"How Everest Became a Mountain"
Peter H. Hansen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


December 8, 2017

"Cheap Promises: Prescription Diets for People and other Animals"
Anya Zilberstein, Concordia University


February 16, 2018

"Seeds as Deep-Time Technologies"
Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University


March 9, 2018

“Menagerie: People and Wildlife in the American City”
Peter S. Alagona, University of California Santa Barbara


April 6, 2018

"Biology as Technology: An Unexpected History of Innovation in Living Things"
Helen Curry, University of Cambridge


April 13, 2018

"Leaky Swamps: A More-than-human History of Containment and Recalcitrance from Australia"
Emily O'Gorman, Maquarie University


April 20, 2018

"Making Meat: Livelstock, Landscapes, and a Sense of Place"
Brad Weiss, College of William and Mary