Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Trace Lauret Savoy

Join us for a presentation by Lauret Savoy, award-winning writer and professor of Environmental Studies and Geology at Mount Holyoke College.

In her new book, Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape, Savoy weaves personal journeys and historical inquiry to examine how the still unfolding history of the United States – and ideas of 'race' – have marked the land, this society, and her.

From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national parks to burial grounds, from 'Indian Territory' and the US-Mexico Border to the US capital, Trace delves into fragmented histories – natural, personal, cultural – to illuminate stories of place in America.

In this work, Savoy grapples with a searing national history to reveal the often unvoiced presence of the past; she will share human stories of migration, silence, and displacement as epic as the continent they survey.

Savoy is the winner of an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship; she has also held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University. Savoy is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Trace won the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the 2017 ASLE Creative Writing Award, and it was a finalist for a PEN American award and the Phillis Wheatley Award, among other honors.

Registration required. Books will be available for purchase from Merritt Bookstore.


General admission registration does not guarantee entry. Admission is first-come first-served, based on venue capacity. We suggest arriving by 6:30pm.

Aldo Leopold Society members may contact Vicki Doyle for reserved seating at or (845) 677-7600 x203



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