History doesn’t repeat, and it may not even rhyme, but it instructs and informs. History teaches us perspective. It teaches us humility. It teaches us to respect and value traditions that are different from our own. And it teaches us to read and think with healthy skepticism, including realizing that we can’t be certain of the past, let alone the future.
Throughout his career, Scott Nadler has found the study of history to inform and enrich both work and travel. It has helped his collaboration with people and institutions from other disciplines and cultures. His work on strategy, railroads, economic development, and environment all benefited deeply from historical perspective, as well as his work with clients and colleagues in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
- “Organizational History of the Defense Language Institute .” Unpublished research. Department of Defense, 1971
- “Government by Compromise: Mutual adjustment in legislative coalition building.” Unpublished undergraduate thesis, Harvard University, 1975
- “Shifting Definition of ‘the Environment’ .” Lecture in undergraduate class on “Public Policy and Private Strategy: Government, Business and the Environment”. Northwestern University, 2006-13
- “Inconvenient Founders: Thomas Young and the forgotten disrupters.” Presentation, History Camp Colorado, 2019
- “Fact-Checking Hamilton” and other topics. Tutoring inquisitive teens in US and world history. “It Takes a Village” summer program, Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe NM, 2020-22.
- “Inconvenient Founders: Thomas Young and the forgotten disrupters.” Presentation, History Camp America, 2021
- “Inconvenient Founders: Thomas Young and the forgotten disrupters.” Presentation, History Camp Boston, August 2022
- “Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Santa Fe.” In docent training, Santa Fe NM, 2022
- “Red, White, Blue and Green: America’s environment through the lens of history.” Presentation, History Camp America, November 2022