Ralph H. Lutts' Accomplishments
Dr. Lutts has undertaken a large-scale study of racial violence in American Environmental history and recently presented a paper titled "Destroying Rosewood: Race Riots as a Vehicle for Appropriating Natural Resources" at the 2011 annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History.
He also participated in an invitational seminar on slave narratives conducted by David Blight at Yale University in 2012.
He has been invited to do a presentation on the historical chestnut trade in Virginia at the annual meeting of the American Chestnut Society.
Dr. Lutts is a member of the Board of Directors of Blue Ridge Heritage and chair of its Program Committee. This organization is developing a cultural center and tourism gateway adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwestern Virginia.
Two selections from his earlier article on the American chestnut trade were reprinted in Mighty Giants: An American Chestnut Anthology (2007) edited by Chris Bolgiano.
His extended essay “Literature: The Nature Fakers” appeared in Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relation (2007), edited by Marc Bekoff and his review of Robert W. Righter’s The Battle Over Hetch Hetchy appeared in American Historical Review (2007).
His short essay “The Idene: An Early Appearance of the Meme’s Meme(s)?” recently appeared in Skeptical Inquirer (2008).
He presented a paper titled “The Discovery of Place” at the Fifth Environmental Writer’s Conference in Honor of Rachel Carson conducted in June 2008 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. This was supported in part by Goddard’s Faculty Development Fund. In July of 2008, he participated in a meeting of past presidents of the American Nature Study Society to celebrate the organization’s centennial and chart a course into its next century. In August of 2008, he participated in a workshop on mosses conducted at the SUNY School of Environmental Studies and Forestry’s Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondacks.