Exhibition: At War With Nature: The Battle to Control Pests in Georgia's Fields, Forests, and Front Yards
Although people have long sought to shape nature for their own benefit, they have also introduced—intentionally and unintentionally—some of the most notorious “pests” of the 19th and 20th centuries. Global trade routes, the collecting of ornamental plants, the need for soil conservation and high-yield agriculture products, and the use of biological controls have all increased the spread of nonnative and often problematic species.
In this exhibition, the word “pest” is used to describe plants and insects that the prevailing wisdom of the time deemed troublesome or that threatened to inflict economic and human harm. This exhibit examines the war against pests as it played out in Georgia’s fields, forests, and front yards. Due to an often compulsive urge to eradicate insects and plants viewed as unfavorable, entomologists, chemists, agriculturalists, government officials, and everyday Georgians have had to confront unanticipated ecological and public health consequences. When chemicals failed to live up to proponents’ promises, “quarantine” supplanted outright “eradication” as both the preferred approach and ultimate goal. This exhibition illuminates the use of science to battle nature, the consequences of that struggle, and the growing acceptance of different approaches to pest management and coexistence.
Tuesday, October 26 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 27 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, October 28 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, October 29 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, November 1 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 3 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, November 4 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, November 5 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, November 8 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 9 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries
300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605