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Idea of Nature Lecture Series


A goose flying low across a body of water.
Canada Goose A Canada goose takes off from a body of water. © Ken Miracle


Event Overview

Sponsored in part by The Nature Conservancy, Boise State University’s The Idea of Nature lecture series aims to promote interdisciplinary inquiry about the environment and to foster dialogue across the campus and community. These lectures are free and open to the public. All lectures will be broadcast virtually. 

All in-person lectures are at 6 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union. 

Register here for both in-person and virtual options.

Parking information and Zoom links will be emailed in the week prior to the webinar date.


February 9, 6 p.m.:

Douglas Tallamy, T.A. Baker Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

Tallamy has authored 97 research publications including Bringing Nature Home, The Nature of Oaks and Nature's Best Hope—A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Back Yard.


March 28, 6 p.m.:

James Edward Mills, Freelance Journalist and Mountain Guide

Mills is a contributor to National Geographic Magazine, Outside, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, The Guardian, The New York Times, Sierra and other publications. He is the author of the new book The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, which is dedicated to increasing access for underrepresented groups to America's wilderness areas and National Parks.


April 18, 6 p.m.:

Stephanie Burt, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University

Burt is a poet, literary critic and professor with nine published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


April 22, 12 p.m.: Earth Day Virtual-Only Lecture 

Rev. Lydia Cook, Anglican Priest, Ottery St. Mary, England

Reverend Cook has spent the 27 years of her ordained life ministering in rural communities and is a passionate advocate for the "Eco-Church" movement. She is an Oxford graduate and a regular speaker on eco-theology, and part of her work is to train ordinands and curates on rural ministry. Reverend Cook is committed to encouraging churches to live out their calling to protect creation, both spiritually and practically, and she combines Biblical insight with grounded realism.

The Idea of Nature Lecture Series

Register to attend in-person lectures or receive Zoom links for the webinar lectures in the 2024 series.