Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship In History

Wyman Visiting Professorship in History

William Cronon at Curtis Prairie, UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin

William Cronon at Curtis Prairie, UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin (Photo © William Cronon)

Apr. 3 - 4, 2019

Environmental historian

Dr. William Cronon

Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison William Cronon

Ph.D. 1990 Yale University

Field specialties

  • Environmental history
  • Landscape history
  • Historical geography of North America

Recent books by Cronon

About Cronon

Wednesday, Apr. 3

"A City-Country Journey: Local Landscapes as Pathways to History"

Cronon will take listeners on a driving tour from the Wisconsin State Capitol in downtown Madison out into the rural landscapes of southwestern Wisconsin to show the ways in which we can learn to see environmental changes that are all around us but that we often fail to notice. Read full description here.

4 p.m. reception
4:30-6 p.m. lecture

Free and open to all

Kinnickinnic River Theater, 320 University Center, UWRF

Building information
Directions and driving

Thursday, Apr. 4

"The Portage: Reflections on Nature, History, and Storytelling in the Making of an American Place"

In a lecture based on the opening chapter of the book he is writing on the history of Portage, Wisconsin, environmental historian William Cronon meditates on the role of memory and storytelling in the complicated ways human beings construct their individual and collective sense of place. Read full description here.

6 p.m. reception
6:30-8 p.m. presentation

Free and open to all

River Falls Public Library (lower level)
140 Union St., River Falls, WI

Click here
for past events

Established with a generous gift from Dr. Bry Wyman in 2015, the goal of the Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship in History program is to annually feature a prominent scholar speaking on timely topics.

The events—free and open to the public—are planned and produced by UWRF History and Philosophy Department, College of Arts and Sciences.

In-class meeting

Details coming soon

Parking & directions

NOT yet confirmed -
For the Apr. 3 event at University Center - We HOPE to have 30 free-parking spaces (with dashboard permit below) - marked with "RESERVED" signs - in Pay 2 Lot (south of University Center).

  • Be sure to PRINT the permit for your driver's-side dashboard. Park between the "Reserved" signs.
  • Those arriving after the marked 30 spaces are filled, and without a permit, may purchase a permit at the parking lot pay station.
  • By late afternoon, additional free parking may also be available on 6th Street near the Power Plant and on the side streets north of Cascade Avenue.
  • Directions to campus & parking map
  • University Center information
  • Directions to RF Public Library