Named the first guest of the History Department’s Robert Huff Lecture series, critically acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Souder will give an Earth Day presentation on the late conservationist, Rachel Carson, and the early history of the environmental movement.
A well-respected and noted writer, Souder’s lecture, “Rachel Carson and the Origins of the Environmentalism,” will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Geneva Room. The event is open to the public.
“Souder has a rare gift for producing originally researched and eloquent biographies that also manage to be immediately relevant,” says Associate Professor of History Matthew Kadane.
Souder’s books include a biography of John James Audubon, “Under a Wild Sky” (2004), a book for which he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Souder also authored the acclaimed book, “On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson” (2012), which earned The New York Times Notable Book listing. He is also the author of “A Plague of Frogs” (2000), a book accounting the outbreak of deformed frogs across North America. Souder’s work has appeared in numerous places, including in Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Exploring the relationship between politics and the public good, the Robert Huff Lecture series is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of History Robert A. Huff, a Distinguished Faculty Award recipient and the first faculty member to hold the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professorship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The lectureship is made possible, in part, through The Professor Emeritus Robert Huff Endowed Discretionary Fund in History established by Tom Covert ’93.
Huff received the Faculty Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 1976 and the Faculty Community Prize in 1988. First awarded by the History Department in 2003, the Robert A. Huff Prize is presented annually in his honor to the senior history major with the best academic record.
In the 30 years of his tenure at HWS, Huff was a co-initiator of the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund, clinical professor for social studies, and served as a member of several committees, including the search committee for the William Smith Dean from 1970 to 1971. As an historian, Huff’s work focused on American history, the 20th century, social justice and women’s history.