Letters

Letters Archive
Fall 2003, Vol. 12, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)
  • Medicine, Health, and Society, An Interview with Matthew Ramsey and Larry Churchill
  • Medicine, Health, and Society: 2003/2004 Fellows Program
  • 2004/2005 Fellowships
  • Stephen J. Pyne to Deliver 2003 Howard Lecture
  • 2004 Warren Center Summer Graduate Student Fellows Program
  • 2002/2003 Warren Center Fellows Conference
  • Race and Wealth Disparity in 21st-Century America
  • Stephen J. Pyne to Deliver 2003 Howard Lecture

    Stephen J. Pyne, professor of biology and society at Arizona State University, will present the 2003 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture on Thursday, October 23rd at 4:10 p.m. in 126 Wilson Hall. Professor Pyne’s lecture is entitled “American History, with Fire in its Eye.” Pyne, acclaimed by The New York Times Book Review for his “major contribution to the literature of environmental studies,” is the world’s foremost historian of fire. He has published a series of environmental histories, Cycle of Fire, now being republished and expanded by the University of Washington Press. Books in the series, which have been translated into multiple languages, include Fire: A Brief History (University of Washington Press and British Museum, 2001); Vestal Fire: An Environmental History, Told through Fire, of Europe and Europe’s Encounter With the World (University of Washington Press, 1997; paperback edition, University of Washington Press, 1997) and Fire in America: A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982; new preface for paperback edition, 1988; paperback edition, University of Washington Press, 1997). Other recent books by Professor Pyne include Smokechasing (University of Arizona Press, 2003); Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910 (Viking, 2001; paperback, Penguin, 2002); and Fire on the Rim: A Firefighter’s Season at the Grand Canyon (New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989; Ballantine Books, paperback edition, 1990; University of Washington Press, paperback edition with new preface, 1995).

    Professor Pyne has received numerous fellowships, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (1988), a Fulbright Fellowship, two NEH fellowships, and has twice held fellowships at the National Humanities Center. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His works have garnered numerous literary awards. In 1995, he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for a “living author whose residence or focus has been in the West and whose career contributions merit body-of-work recognition.”

    In conjunction with this year’s Howard Lecture, the Warren Center will host a show of Vanderbilt University Professor of Art Marilyn Murphy’s series of fire paintings. Professor Murphy is an artist whose oil paintings, drawings, and prints create curious situations from what appears to be everyday life, giving the impression of film noir. Her work has been shown in more than 200 exhibitions in locations including the National Academy of Design, The Drawing Center in New York, and the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Australia. A recipient of numerous awards, she has curated more than thirty exhibitions and her work is included in many public and private collections.

    The Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. George D. Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lectureship honors Harry C. Howard, Jr. (B.A. 1951) and allows the Warren Center to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.

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