The Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment welcomes historian Adam Rome (SUNY-Buffalo) for a discussion on Rome's seminal book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism.
Adam Rome is an environmental historian of the United States. His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award. His second book, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, came out in 2013. He has written about environmental reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era – the period when Americans first tried to stop pollution, conserve natural resources, and preserve wild places and wild creatures. From 2002 through 2005, he edited Environmental History, the leading journal in the field. He earned his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.