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The Bombs Still Blow: Environmental Legacies of WWI

May 8, 2019,6:30 am - 8:00 pm

Presented in partnership with the National WWI Museum and Memorial.
The program will be held at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri.

The lecture

In 1914, agriculture, industry and warfare formed a violent triad of destruction. While combat damage to nature was generally short-lived, major environmental changes occurred behind the battlefields. Join Tait Keller, Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College and editor of Environmental Histories of the First World War as he explores how warfare and energy extraction coevolved during the war and explains how the intersections of armed conflict, human victimization, and environmental exploitation still affect us today. Offered in conjunction with Devastated Lands, a Museum and Memorial exhibition.

The speaker

Tait Keller is an associate professor of history and former Director of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His research focuses on environmental change in times of crisis and conflict. He is currently working on his book project, A Global Environmental History of the Great War, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, the European Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Keller has given invited lectures in Africa, India, Turkey, across Europe, and throughout the United States. He earned his BA in history at the University of Rochester and his MA in German and European Studies and PhD in history at Georgetown University.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open the public. The program will be held at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. To register, visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial website. Book sales available before and after lecture with author signing.


National WWI Museum and Memorial
2 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64108
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