Humanities in the Wild - Wild Rides in the Countryside: Bikes, Cars, and the Right to Space
Nathan Wood, Associate Professor of History
Humanities in the Wild is presented by the Public Humanities Roundtable, the Hall Center for the Humanities, eXplore Lawrence, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, the KU Indigenous Studies Program, the Departments of Communication Studies, History, and African and African-American Studies, the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, and The Commons.
Who has the right to country roads?
While today many cyclists and motorists see each other as potential antagonists, at the time of their introduction, both bikes and cars were seen as foreign threats to a pastoral countryside. Peasants chased cyclists with axes and dug holes in the road to damage cars, while the new machines appeared in the popular press as instruments of death.
Join us as Associate Professor of History, Nathan Wood, shares insights from his research about this animated relationship.
Humanities in the Wild is a new series of events, coinciding with Final Fridays, designed to showcase the connections between humanities research and the great outdoors. From the politics of climate change to the history of conservation, from the culture of recreation to narratives of adventure, Humanities in the Wild presents ways in which the humanities provide unique insights into our relationship with nature.
Refreshments provided by Free State Brewing Company.
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