Tuesday 10 March 2009

Simon Open Lecture, University of Manchester

Professor Harriet Ritvo, ‘The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere and Modern


5.15 pm

Lecture Theatre A, University Place, Oxford Road

Followed by a reception


Professor Ritvo, Simon Visiting Professor from MIT, will discuss the mid-19th-century

controversy that developed from the plan by Manchester Corporation to develop

Thirlmere, in the distant Lake District, to supply water for the city. During the struggle,

many of the ideas and issues that characterize the modern environmental movement

were first expressed and debated.


Harriet Ritvo is the Conner Professor of History at MIT, where she teaches British history,

environmental history, the history of human-animal relations, and the history of natural

history. She is the author of The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of the

Classifying Imagination, and The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the

Victorian Age, and of two forthcoming books: The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere,

and Modern Environmentalism, and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals

and History. She is the 2009-2011 President of the American Society for Environmental