Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship In History

Wyman Visiting Professorship in History


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.


Apr. 3-5 (to be confirmed)


Dr. William Cronon

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

Ph.D. 1990 Yale University

Free and open to all!

Field specialties

  • environmental history
  • landscape history
  • historical geography of North America

Recent books by Cronon

  • Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (2003) - Francis Parkman Prize for 1984, Society of Colonial Wars 1984 Citation of Honour, and Valley Forge Honor Certificate for 1984
  • Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (1991) - Bancroft Prize for 1992, Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for best non-fiction work of 1991, One of three nominees for the Pulitzer Prize in History, 1992, George Perkins Marsh Prize for 1992 for Best Book in Environmental History published in 1990 or 1991 given by American Society for Environmental History, Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award for 1993 for the best book in forest and conservation history published in 1991 or 1992 given by the Forest History Society, Award for Outstanding Achievement Recognition to Nature's Metropolis by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee, Honorable Mention for 1992 to Nature's Metropolis in the John Hope Franklin Prize competition, American Studies Association, and Geographic Society of Chicago Publication Award for 1991
  • Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (1996) - Original collection of essays edited and with an introduction and first chapter ("The Trouble with Wilderness, or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature" authored by William Cronon.

About Cronon


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

Free and open to all


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for past events

In-class meetings

Details coming in early 2019

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.

For the event at Davee Library - Paid parking is available in Pay 1 Lot (west of North Hall. Park in the numbered spaces and pay at the pay station ($1 per hour). You may find free parking along Spring Street and other nearby streets not marked "Permit Only."

Directions to campus & parking map
University Center information
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