Eminent Environmental Historian John R. McNeill to Lecture at LSU

BATON ROUGE – John R. McNeill, university professor at Georgetown University and president-elect of the American Historical Association, will lecture on Friday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Sternberg Salon of the French House at LSU.

Co-sponsored by the newly-formed Center for Collaborative Knowledge, the Modern History Colloquium and the Eric Voegelin Institute, his lecture is titled “The Industrial Revolution as Global Environmental History, 1760-1920.”  It is free and open to the public.

Author of several other books and co-editor of many more, McNeill has held two Fulbright awards, a Guggenheim fellowship, a MacArthur grant, a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a visiting appointment at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He earned his B.A. at Swarthmore College, where he played on the football team, and his Ph.D. from Duke University.

McNeill’s 2000 book, “Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-century World,” has defined the field of environmental history, having been translated into nine languages and winning a number of major prizes. His subsequent study, “Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1640-1914,” won the Beveridge Prize from the American Historical Association.

In addition to his lecture, McNeill will converse with faculty and students in the College of the Coast & Environment during his visit on coastline dynamics and the question of the Anthropocene.

“John McNeill is one of the great historians of our day, and we are extraordinarily fortunate that we have the opportunity to hear him speak at LSU,” said Suzanne Marchand, Boyd Professor of History and lead organizer of the new Center for Collaborative Knowledge. “His use of scientific data in historical analysis and his meeting with science faculty during his visit here are exemplary of the sort of collaboration our new Center is meant to encourage.” 

The Center for Collaborative Knowledge is an initiative planned by faculty and sponsored by the provost, aiming to simulate creative problem solving, critical thinking and global engagement among students and faculty at LSU. 

The Modern History Colloquium, organized by Marchand, has brought many leading historians from around the world to speak at the university over a span of nearly 20 years.

The Eric Voegelin Institute, named for one of LSU’s original Boyd Professors and a scholar of international recognition and acclaim, is a humanities and social science research institute devoted to the revitalization of teaching and understanding of the great works of civilization.




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