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Edge EffectsEdge Effects features interviews with path-breaking thinkers inside the academy, and beyond, about cultural and environmental change across the full sweep of human history.

We believe edges are good places for looking in many directions to scrutinize and try to understand the world around us.

Edge Effects is produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), a research center within the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Broadcast under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

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Edge Effects Show Archive:

Urban Wilds and Modern Mythology: A Conversation with Gavin Van Horn

Thursday 4th October 2018

With Aldo Leopold, Lao Tzu, and the trickster Coyote as his guides through the city, a writer explores how to live well with beavers, falcons, and the urban wilderness. The post Urban Wilds and Modern Mythology: A Conversation with Gavin Van Horn appeared first on Edge Effects.


The Pleasures of Teaching Plastic

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Plastic shapes us even as it contributes to our destruction. A performance studies scholar shares her creative approach to teaching about plastic and identity in an unavoidably plastic world. The post The Pleasures of Teaching Plastic appeared first on Edge Effects.


Wading out the Kickapoo River Flood

Thursday 27th September 2018

After historic floods devastate Wisconsin's Driftless Area, a team of scientists reflects on their fieldwork in the Kickappo River Valley to make sense of an entangled, multispecies world. The post Wading out the Kickapoo River Flood appeared first on Edge Effects.


W. E. B. Du Bois and the American Environment

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Du Bois, born 150 years ago, was one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. But his environmental thought remains underappreciated. The post W. E. B. Du Bois and the American Environment appeared first on Edge Effects.


Should We Empathize with Poachers?

Thursday 20th September 2018

Globalization makes animals more vulnerable to illegal trafficking, even as regulations restricting poaching have increased. An ecologist reviews Rachel Nuwer's new book and asks what role empathy should play in addressing animal trafficking. The post Should We Empathize with Poachers? appeared first on Edge Effects.


The Marketplace of Environmental Sounds

Tuesday 18th September 2018

How is the musical history of animal imitation caught up in racism, sexism, and imperialist nostalgia? From classical music to whistling, this conversation explores the art and ethics of imitating, recording, and selling the sounds of the nonhuman world. The post The Marketplace of Environmental Sounds appeared first on Edge Effects.


Faculty Favorites: Books That Will Change the Way You Look at the Land

Thursday 13th September 2018

Mark Fiege, Lauret Savoy, and six other environmental scholars share the reading on their syllabus that they are most excited to teach this fall. The post Faculty Favorites: Books That Will Change the Way You Look at the Land appeared first on Edge Effects.


Citation in the #MeToo Era

Tuesday 11th September 2018

An ecocritic had just finished a book chapter on Sherman Alexie’s poetry when accusations about his sexual misconduct went viral last spring. She asks if environmental humanities scholars should continue to engage with the work of abusers, and why certain writers and scholars come to dominate our archives in the first place. The post Citation in the #MeToo Era appeared first on Edge Effects.