MCLA 'Green Living' Seminar to Focus on History of Dairy Farming


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will continue its spring 2014 "Green Living" seminars on "Cultivating a Sustainable Food System" with a lecture on "The Environmental History of Milk" by Kendra Smith-Howard, an assistant professor of history at SUNY-Albany, on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

This event is free and open to the public.

"The Environmental History of Milk" will offer details about the history of dairy farming and changes in food consumption in the 20th-century United States, and consider how knowing that history might complicate or revise some of our thinking about the food system of the past and the possibilities for making it more sustainable in the future.

A historian of the 20th-century U.S., Smith-Howard teaches courses about environmental history and the histories of public health, agriculture and consumer culture. Her most recent book, "Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1900," brings those themes together through the story of a seemingly simple food - milk - the farms is comes from and the products made from it.

Smith-Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Saint Olaf College, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Albany, N.Y., with her husband and two little boys, Sebastian and Alden, who help her think about milk and dairy foods in different ways every day.

The series will continue on Thursdays through April 24. For more information, go to greenliving, or contact Traister, (413) 662-5303.

The 2014 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.