Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program

William Cronon

William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Reed’s 2013 Greenberg Scholar. Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world—how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us.


fallen brick photo

Fallen Brick Chimney, Sand Island, Wisconsin, by William Cronon

“The Riddle of Sustainability: A Surprisingly Short History of the Future”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
6 p.m., Vollum lecture hall
Pre-lecture reception:
5:15 p.m., Vollum lounge


Oregon City painting

Oregon City on the Willamette River, ca. 1850-1852, by John Mix Stanley (Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas)

“Landscapes of Frontier Change: Narratives of Environmental Change in the Art of the American West”

Thursday, April 18, 2013
4:30 p.m., Vollum lecture hall