Humanities in the Wild - The Nature of Skiing: How skiers perceive mountains and transform landscapes

7:00pm CDT Friday, June 26, 2020 Online
Andy Denning, Associate Professor of History

Humanities in the Wild is presented by the the Hall Center for the Humanities, eXplore Lawrence, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, the KU Office of the Provost, the Departments of Communication Studies, History, and African and African-American Studies, and The Commons.

Do skiers commune with nature or conquer it?

This presentation examines a variety of historical images to show how technology, infrastructure, and the embodied experience of movement shaped the perception of nature among skiers in the twentieth century and, in turn, how their perception of nature transformed mountain landscapes.

Andy Denning is Associate Professor of History and studies 20th-century Europe. He specializes in the experiences and cultural representations of movement and their role in creating transnational and global relationships.

Humanities in the Wild is a 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.

A video of this event is viewable, here:

Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Public Event