Wingspread Oral History Project

The 1991 Wingspread Conference on Chemically-Induced Alterations in Sexual Development: The Wildlife/Human Connection served as a meeting ground for the interdisciplinary group of researchers that would later form the backbone of the environmental endocrine-disruptor community, providing a platform for reimagining both chemical regulatory policy and environmental harm and human disease as an integrated ecological system. The project consists of a comprehensive oral history of the 20 signatories of the 1991 Wingspread Consensus Statement to reflect on how this field came into existence, the role the conference played in galvanizing the group’s identity, and the direction research has taken since.

Staff: Elizabeth McDonnell, Jody Roberts

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.

Hear It Firsthand

CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to recipients of CHF awards, including


Historically Grounded Perspectives

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy explores issues ranging from energy to medicine on CHF's blog, Periodic Tabloid.