U.S. historian Elizabeth Grennan Browning will discuss Indiana’s social and environmental history during an address on the Hanover College campus.

“Claiming Kinship: Indiana’s Social and Environmental History” will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Ogle Center. The presentation – part of Indiana Humanities’ INseparable Speakers Bureau – is open to the public, free of charge.

Browning is the Midwest/Indiana community fellow at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and an adjunct assistant professor of history. She is currently studying the state's environmental history to gather personal stories about how Hoosiers live in, and with, Indiana's changing landscape.

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Browning’s research focuses on how residents view their communities’ histories in relation to the environment and how they understand past efforts to address environmental change. She is also interested in understanding how attitudes about the environment have formed and changed among different groups and how evolving ideas about social justice have influenced these opinions.

Browning aims to consider how environmental approaches and thinking shift through time. As part of the study, she focuses on environmental health issues in seven distinct state regions, such as pesticide use in agricultural areas and lead contamination in the industrial northwest.

“Claiming Kinship: Indiana’s Social and Environmental History” is presented through Indiana Humanities and sponsored by Hanover’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.

“Hoosier Echoes in the Anthropocene,” Browning’s next project, is a grassroots exhibition of historic and artistic storytelling about environmental change. The effort will look at everyday interactions of Hoosiers and their environment. This traveling exhibition will encourage discussion of the localized impact of global environmental change through challenges to public health, agriculture, industry and infrastructure.

Hanover is one of 24 organizations selected by Indiana Humanities to host a Hoosier scholar through the INseparable Speakers Bureau. This curated list of informative presentations, discussions and workshops by Indiana scholars is designed to help Hoosiers understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences.

Through the next two years, Indiana Humanities’ INseparable programming will push Hoosiers to look beyond the demographics of the urban-suburban-rural divide to consider the people behind the data. With programming that facilitates discussion, self-examination and fresh perspectives, Indiana Humanities seeks to help residents from all settings cross boundaries and gather to explore the opportunities and challenges we share.