**”The Literary Aftershocks of the New Madrid Earthquakes”**

Drawing from his recent scholarship on early American environmental fiction, Matthew Wynn Sivils (CEAH Fellow in the Arts and Humanities) will discuss the cultural reverberations of one of the most powerful natural disasters to strike North America in recorded history: the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812. He will also examine how the fictionalization of such a cataclysm in early American fiction served as a indicator of growing environmental anxiety among Americans as the nation moved away from its agricultural origins toward an increasingly industrialized future.