Member Perspectives

Robert M. Thorson, University of Connecticut

Professor of Geology and Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Integrated Geosciences

I’m a card-carrying scientist. A physical scientist. Member #1897955 of the Geological Society of America. I received my card in 1973 as an eager undergraduate in looking forward to an exciting career. And I kept it valid through a Ph.D. program at the University of Washington and as a field geologist working for the U.S. Geological Survey before leaving Alaska for New England in 1984.

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Julianne Lutz Warren, Center for Humans and Nature

An Uneasy Word of Hope

Toward Generativity: An Uneasy Word of Hope

Generativity does not slide off the tongue easily. But this six-syllable word that is gangly knees and elbows has been growing on Julianne Lutz Warren. It is a word by which twentieth century developmental psychologist Erik Erikson meant taking intimate responsibility for others, particularly future generations. More recently, Warren noticed that Journey of the Universe authors Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker used “generativity” to describe the nature of the Cosmos wherein, over fourteen billion years, destruction …

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Ursula K. Heise, Professor of English at UCLA

Comparative Literature and the Environmental Humanities

Ursula K. Heise, Professor of English at UCLA and author of Sense of Place, Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global, assesses the field of the environmental humanities for the American Comparative Literature Association’s state of the field report in March 2014.

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Janisse Ray

Forum on Ethics and Nature

Writer and activist Janisse Ray addresses theme “A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery” at the Center for Humans and Nature’s Forum on Ethics and Nature.

Joni Adamson, Professor of English and Environmental Humanities at ASU

A Keyword for Environmental Studies: Imagination

Joni Adamson, Professor of English and Environmental Humanities at ASU and author of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism, addresses addresses the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) in 2013.

Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, delivers the keynote address at the Utrecht Edward Said Memorial Conference in 2013. Check out, too, Nixon’s exclusive interview with ASLE members Robert P. Marzec and Allison Carruth for a 2014 special issue of the journal Public Culture.

Stacey Alaimo, Professor of English at the University of Texas, Arlington

Bodily Natures

Stacey Alaimo, Professor of English at the University of Texas, Arlington and author of Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self, investigates the relationships between science studies and the environmental humanities.

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University of Washington Faculty

Art + Science = Environmental Humanities

University of Washington faculty across disciplines take a stab at defining the environmental humanities at the crossroads of art and science.

Resilience Journal

A Journal of the Environmental Humanities

Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities issue 1.1 offers a collection of manifestoes on resilience by scholars from across the environmental humanities and sciences.

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Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, SUNY

A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery

Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and Honorary ASLE Member speaking at the Center for Humans and Nature’s Forum on Ethics and Nature.