REBROADCAST: Recovering Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Environmentalism – A Zoom Lecture


What does the work of a mid-nineteenth-century nature writer say to us today, in our era of climate change? This rebroadcast of a live Zoom presentation by Rochelle L. Johnson discusses naturalist, author, and artist Susan Fenimore Cooper, daughter of James Fenimore Cooper, whose 1850 book Rural Hours was the first major work of environmental nonfiction written by a woman. Dr. Rochelle will discuss Susan Cooper’s early contributions to environmental thought, her devotion to Cooperstown, and her sensitive warnings about a nation that was damaging its very foundation: its landscapes.

This is a rebroadcast of a live Zoom presentation given on March 13th of this year. An internet connection is required to view the program.

Rochelle L. Johnson is a leading scholar of Susan Fenimore Cooper and, with her co-editor, has made Cooper’s environmental writings available to today’s readers. The current president of the Thoreau Society and a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, her work has been supported by grants from several organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is professor of American literature and environmental humanities, and director of the honors program, at the College of Idaho. Her lecture is from a book in progress. Learn more at:

This Zoom lecture was co-sponsored by Otsego Outdoors, a collaborative project by Otsego 2000, Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA), and Otsego Land Trust. More information can be found at

There is no charge for this event, but if you value this type of program, please consider a donation of $10 or above in order to assist us in continuing to provide you content in the future. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm (1h)

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