March 25, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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Rochelle JohnsonRochelle Johnson, Professor of English and Environmental Studies at the College of Idaho, will give the talk, "Words, Paints, and Place: Lessons from the Hudson River Valley," Monday, April 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The environmental humanities talk is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Johnson will examine how artists and writers in the mid-19th century consciously worked together to express the power of the natural landscapes.

One of 72 U.S. scholars to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in its most recent award cycle, Johnson was chosen for her work on a biography of Susan Fenimore Cooper, one of America's first environmental writers.

During her visit to Bucknell, Johnson will give a presentation about Cooper to students and faculty. She also will consult on the digital humanities project, "Stories of the Susquehanna Valley," which involves students, faculty, and staff in interdisciplinary cultural, community, and natural history projects about the Susquehanna River Valley.

Eight Bucknell students are working this summer on research related to "Stories of the Susquehanna Valley" projects, according to Alf Siewers, English professor and affiliate faculty in Environmental Studies. In the past two years, Siewers has supervised two Bucknell summer undergraduate researchers in related projects who have done work on Susan Fenimore Cooper.

Johnson's visit is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Environmental Studies and Comparative Humanities programs, the Place Studies Initiative of the University's Environmental Center, and the University Lectureship Committee.