Bruce James

Headshot of Bruce JamesBruce received a B.A. in chemistry and environmental studies from Williams, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil science from UVM. During these studies, he developed a keen interest in interdisciplinary learning related to the course topic that he used in his teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park, for 29 years. Now retired, he continues to thrive on new learning and ideas related to sustainability, environmental science, soils, environmental history, and agriculture.


Course Title: The Global Water Paradox: Scarcity Amid Abundance (Winter Term 2022)
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Lots of energy and engagement, plus a wry north country style.

Great course and great presentation by Bruce.

Course Title: The Roots of Civilization in Soils: Land, Water & Society (Spring Term 2021)
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Bruce was very well prepared for each class. Plus he showed that he really cared about the subject.

Extremely well prepared

Course Title: Bread and Soil in Ancient Rome: Environmental Challenge and Cultural Response (Winter Term 2020)
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Bruce has a wide interdisciplinary range of knowledge and interests that he effectively wove into his presentations and the discussions.

As a student of anthropology and culture, I appreciated having a course that saw civilization from a different perspective, that of its land use and economy.

Course Title: Rooting Civilization in the Soil: Peril and Promise (Winter Term 2019)
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This was among the very best courses I've taken at Osher. Bruce is well informed and had put a lot of effort into preparation, but was willing to allow the discussion to follow its course, so it made for a fun, informative, thoughtful class.

Bruce James is a seasoned professor and was an excellent study leader. I appreciated how he effortlessly wove together history, soil science, ancient agricultral practices and climatology into such fascinating presentations.

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