Memory, history, race, and the American landscape

Educator and Earth historian Lauret Savoy will give a presentation on her book Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape on March 17 at 7 p.m. The virtual Lowell Humanities Series event will include a moderated discussion and audience Q&A. Trace won the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the 2017 ASLE Creative Writing Award. It was also a finalist for the PEN American Open Book Award and Phillis Wheatley Book Award, as well as shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and the Orion Book Award. About Trace from the publisher: “A provocative and powerful mosaic that ranges across a continent and across time…Trace grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past. In distinctive and illuminating prose that is attentive to the rhythms of language and landscapes, [Savoy] weaves together human stories of migration, silence, and displacement… [and] delves through fragmented histories–natural, personal, cultural–to find shadowy outlines of other stories of place in America.” Savoy is Mount Holyoke College’s David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies and Geology. Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and co-sponsored by the History Department and Environmental Studies Program. Pre-registration is required; details and a link can be found at bc.edu/lowell.

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