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Traveling William Bartram's America

19 April 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Organized by: Reed Hilderbrand
Venue: Reed Hilderbrand
130 Bishop Allen Drive
Floor 3

In the decade preceding the American Revolutionary War, naturalist and adventurer William Bartram journeyed through the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia as well as the lands that would become Louisiana and Mississippi. His encounters with the South's peoples, cultures, and ecologies are documented in extraordinary works of prose and illustrations. Two generations before Olmsted's The Cotton Kingdom, Bartram framed the American South as beguiling and beautiful cultural landscapes.


Reed Hilderbrand is excited to welcome environmental historian Dorinda G. Dallmeyer and art historian Elizabeth Athens as inaugural speakers for a series of public events focusing on the interdisciplinary inspirations for landscape architecture in the twenty first century.


Dorinda Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Georgia and is past president of theBartram Trail Conference. Currently, she is producing a documentary film about Bartram’s continuing influence in the conservation of southern landscapes.


Elizabeth Athens is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. She completed her Ph.D. at Yale University, where her research focused on William Bartram’s graphic influences and his theory of representation.