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Bill Cronon Retirement Celebration

April 30, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Bill Cronon portraitCelebrating the legacy and impact of Bill Cronon on environmental history and on the University of Wisconsin, Madison!

Saturday April 30, 2022
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (330 N. Orchard St.)

  • 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM –  “Common Places: Keywords for a More Than Human World.”
    A conference in honor of Bill titled. This one-day conference features former students who earned a Ph.D. under Bill’s direction. For many of his advisees, a formative moment came when they encountered in his seminar the classic book Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society by Welsh scholar and writer Raymond Williams, in which Williams explored the changing meanings of words that in his view had profoundly shaped political and social life in the English-speaking world. In recognition of that moment, Bill’s former students are creating a similar volume featuring keywords—from “alien” to “energy” to “story” to “wonder”—that have guided their mentor’s thinking about nature, space, and history. At the conference, we’ll hear essays they’re producing in Bill’s honor, as well as Bill’s own thoughts about keywords that open up fresh ways of thinking about a more than human world. The conference has been organized by Karl Jacoby, Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University, and Susan Lee Johnson, Harry Reid Endowed Chair for the History of the Intermountain West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and sponsored by UW-Madison’s Department of History, the Nelson Institute, the Center for History, Culture, and Environment (CHE), and UW-Madison’s Department of Geography.
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM“Looking Back on a Long Journey: People, Places, and Stories.” A keynote address by Bill Cronon
  • 5:30 PM – A public reception, followed by a dinner (guests will be asked to pay their way for the dinner).

More information about this conference and a link to register can be found on Center for Culture, History, and Environment’s website.

Those who wish to make a gift in Bill’s honor may direct their donations towards the  Cronon Pathways Fund for Excellence
or the Department of History Annual Fund.



April 30, 2022
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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