Amy Kohout (Colorado College), “Taking the Field: Soldiers, Nature, and Empire on American Frontiers” (Yale Environmental History)

Event time: 
Monday, March 25, 2024 - 4:00pm
Humanities Quadrangle (HQ) 136 See map
320 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 
In Taking the Field, Amy Kohout draws on the experiences of U.S. soldiers in the American West and in the Philippine-American War to explore the interconnected ideas about nature and empire circulating at the time. By tracking the variety of ways American soldiers interacted with the natural world, Kohout argues that soldiers, through their words and their work, shaped Progressive Era ideas about both American and Philippine environments. Studying soldiers on multiple frontiers allows Kohout to inject a transnational perspective into the environmental history of the Progressive Era, and an environmental perspective into the period’s transnational history. Kohout shows us how soldiers—through their writing, their labor, and all that they collected—played a critical role in shaping American ideas about both nature and empire, ideas that persist to the present.
Amy Kohout is an Associate Professor of History at Colorado College. She works on U.S. cultural and environmental history, and her research and teaching interests include the U.S. West, American empire, museum studies, the history of natural history, and world’s fairs. She earned her B.A. in history from Yale College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. 
Open to: 
General Public