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Dr. Richard Judd, “Saving Second Nature: The Environmental Movement in New England.”

Added on: March 12, 2014

MACHIAS, Maine – The University of Maine at Machias will present the second in its Libra Landscape Speaker Series this Friday, March 14. Noted University of Maine environmental historian, Dr. Richard Judd, will speak on “Saving Second Nature: The Environmental Movement in New England.” His talk will be paired with a presentation by historian Robert Gee, titled “Scenic Overlook:  Changing Shapes of Downeast Maine from Cultivation to Canning to Climate Change.” The talks begin at 7 p.m. in room 102 of the Science Building at UMM. They are free and open to the public.

Richard Judd

Dr. Judd is the Col. James C. McBride Distinguished Professor of History and Chair of the History Dept. at the University of Maine, where he has been on faculty since 1984. He has authored or edited numerous books on environmental history in Maine and New England, including Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England (forthcoming spring 2014); A History of New England Landscapes, co-edited with Blake Harrison; The Untilled Garden: Natural History and the Origins of American Conservation, 1730-1850; and Common Lands, Common People: The Origins of Conservation in Northern New England (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997). He is also co-editor, along with Joel W. Eastman and Edwin S. Churchill, of the much admired text, Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present.

Rob GeeInternational environmental historian, Robert Gee, studies the changing nature of scientific understanding and resource conflicts within communities over time.  A significant part of his research has been conducted in Downeast Maine. In addition to teaching history, sociology, and environmental studies at Unity College and in the interdisciplinary Maine Studies program at the University of Maine, Gee is currently finishing up his PhD, also in history, at the University of Maine.  In 2012, he was a Fulbright scholar in residence at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  His published works have appeared in Acadiensis and in Blake Harrison and Richard Judd’s A Landscape History of New England (MIT Press 2011).  He is a founder, editor, and author at Stillwater Historians ( and has contributed to other academic blogs hosted by the AHA (American Historical Association), NiCHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment), and Inside Higher Ed.

The Libra Landscape Speaker Series at UMM is aimed at exploring the theme of landscape in diverse academic disciplines, from the visual arts, environmental studies, and anthropology, to recreation, biology, psychology, and others. The series is made possible with funding from the Libra Foundation.

For more information, contact Chad Everett at 255-1360 or

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