Environmentalist to Speak at Yale New Haven, Conn.

Environmental historian Ted Steinberg will speak about  “Getting Over Green: Coming to Terms with the Perfect Lawn” on April 6 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

His talk is free and the public is welcome.

At 4 p.m., Steinberg will read from his new book, “American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn” (Norton, 2006), at a Master’s Tea in the Saybrook College Master’s House, 90 High St.

Steinberg, professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, has worked as a U.S. environmental historian for nearly 20 years. Among his honors, he was a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Steinberg’s publications explore the intersection of environmental and social history. They include “Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History” (Oxford, 2002), which won the National Outdoor Book Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History; “Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America” (Oxford, 2000), which won the Ohio Academy of History Outstanding Publication Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction; “Slide Mountain or the Folly of Owning Nature (California, 1995); and “Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England (Cambridge, 1991), which won the Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History and the Old Sturbridge Village E. Harold Hugo Memorial Book Prize. An updated edition of “Acts of God,” with a chapter on Hurricane Katrina, will be published in June 2006 by Oxford University Press.

Steinberg is on the editorial board of “Environmental History” and the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History. He has written for The New York Times, Natural History, Newsday and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has appeared on numerous radio shows. He lectures frequently in both academic and non-academic settings.

Steinberg will be at Yale as a B. Benjamin Zucker Fellow. The Yale College Dean’s Office sponsors the Zucker Fellowship, which was established in 1990 by the Class of 1962 to bring a major scientist, public policy figure or author in the field of environmental studies to campus each year to inspire students and encourage them to embark on careers in environmental fields. Past fellows have been William K. Reilly, F. Sherwood Rowland, Stephen J. Pyne, Estella Leopold, Jared Diamond, Joel Cohen, Wallace Broecker, Bert Bolin, William Cronon, D. James Baker, Susan Solomon, Richard White, Pamela Matson, Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky, Thomas Lovejoy, Peter Gleick and Jeffrey Sachs.

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