ithaca.jpgWednesday, December 4th 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. @ The History Center in Tompkins County Ithaca, N.Y. - On Wednesday, December 4, The History Center will present the work of Ithaca College environmental history students. With news of human-induced environmental change increasingly in the news, the latest installment of this history project offers insights into the historical relationship between people and the local environment. Michael Smith, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ithaca College, developed a course in environmental history requiring students to use local historical resources to study an event in the greater Ithaca area.  It is his hope that students will develop a sense of "ecological citizenship"--according to Professor Smith, an understanding of "community in the broader sense--beyond the human connection." As in past semesters, Professor Smith's students are utilizing the The History Center's collection for primary source material and a new group of students has been working in teams on topics ranging from the environmental history of steamboats on Cayuga Lake to the effort to prevent a nuclear power plant from being built at Milliken Point in the early 1970s. Groups will present a synopsis of their findings followed by questions and answers on Wednesday, December 4 from at 7-9 p.m. at The History Center.  Upon completion of their studies, the research will become part of The History Center's collection. This event is free and open to the public.