Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History

The Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Environmental History Lecture is an annual speaking event hosted by the Department of History at York University. It is generously supported by two of the History Department’s founding environmental history professors, H.V. Nelles and Richard Hoffmann and it honours the memory of the late Elinor Melville, our colleague and leading researcher in the field of Mexican environmental history.

The 2019 Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture


The 2019 Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History with Prof. Arbella Bet-Shlimon



Past Events


Kate Brown
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters"
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Sara Pritchard
Associate Professor
Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

"From Blue to Black Marble: Visualizing Light Pollution in the Anthropocene"
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James Daschuk
Associate Professor, University of Regina

"Clearing the Plains and Clearing the Air: Environmental History and National Memory in 2015"
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Peter Perdue
Professor of History, Yale University

"Mountains, Caravans, Rivers, and Salons: China’s Multiple Tea Trades"
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John Soluri
Associate Professor of History
Carnegie Mellon University
"Sheep in Twentieth-Century Tierra de Fuego: A Four-Hundred-Year-Old-Plague or Something New Under the Sun?"


James McCann
Professor of History, Boston University
"Africa's Malarial Landscapes: History, Complexity and Silver Bullets"


Christopher Morris
Professor of History, University of Texas at Arlington

"Land, Water, People, Fish: Life Along the Mississippi River"



Joy Parr
Canada Research Chair
Technology, Culture and Risk, Department of Geography
University of Western Ontario

"Our Bodies, Our Histories of Technology and the Environment"