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Juniata Historian to Talk on Environmental History of the Colonial Era

(Posted October 30, 2006)

David Hsiung, Knox Professor of History, is currently researching a book on the environmental history of the Revolutionary War.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- David Hsiung, professor of history at Juniata College, will lecture about the American Revolution and the role the environment and nature played in the war at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 8 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of the Bookend Seminar Lecture Series, which features afternoon lectures each month by Juniata faculty. Hsiung\'s lecture centers on the American Revolution and how American forces used and controlled their environment in ways that helped them defeat the British. Hsiung will illustrate his points by focusing on the New England area. He will explain how the Americans used natural resources such as livestock (sheep), fuel, and food to aid the revolutionary cause. Hsiung earned a bachelor\'s degree in history from Yale University and a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching at Juniata for more than 15 years and received the Beachley Award for excellence in teaching in 1995. He was named the Charles R. and Shirley A. Knox Professor of History at Juniata in 2005. \"The American Revolution is interesting in itself because these are the origins of the country. In addition, human effects on nature are very topical now with the issues of global warming, oil, and environmental disasters,\" Hsiung says. \"It is also important for students to see faculty members present their research, which is another way to help the students with their research in the future.\" By Muhammad Shamaa

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.