On April 26, 2013, the Women’s Studies Department collaborated with the History Department and the Environmental Studies program to co-sponsor Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History, with Dr. Nancy Unger. Dr. Unger is an associate professor of History at Santa Clara University and the author of award-winning articles and books on interdisciplinary themes in US history, environmental studies, and women’s studies. During her career, she has made outstanding contributions to scholarly conversations about women’s history and environmental history, including building bridges across disciplinary boundaries to make contributions as a historian to interdisciplinary fields such as women’s studies, environmental studies, and environmental justice.
The talk drew more than forty students and faculty members from across campus, many of them drawn to the inherent interdisciplinarity of the talk. Dr. Unger’s work brings together conversations going on in classrooms across campus, and audience members came from sociology, urban studies, history, women’s studies, ethnic studies, and environmental studies. We were lucky to host this distinguished scholar here at LMU. Her creativity, her passion, and her dedication to interdisciplinary, creative, and engaged scholarship speaks to each and every one of us.