Heidi Hutner, PhD, teaches and writes about environmental literature, and film, environmental justice, ecofeminism, ecocriticism, and film and media at Stony Brook University, where she is the director of the Sustainability Studies Program and an Associate Dean in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Hutner is an active public speaker on environmental issues.
She’s also the host of a new internet sustainability show, Coffee with Hx2. In each episode she sits down to talk with luminaries in many fields of the environmental arts, humanities, and sciences about their work. Ten episodes have been filmed and aired in Spring of 2016, with many more planned. The episodes are also available on You Tube.
Spring 2016 Episodes:
EPISODE 1: “Madagascar Lemurs and Conservation” with Professor Patricia Wright, world-renowned anthropologist, primatologist, lemur specialist, and conservationist.
EPISODE 2: “The Dirt Cure” with pediatrician Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, who discusses her new book, “The Dirt Cure.” The book says that children need to be eating fresh food (preferably lots of organic vegetables and fruits), playing in the soil and out in nature to grow up well and healthy.
EPISODE 3: “Beyond Words – What Animals Think and Feel” with author and ecologist Carl Safina, who talks about his most recent book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel (Henry Holt, 2015).
EPISODE 4: “Contamination” with McKay Jenkins, a journalist, nonfiction writer, and scholar of American studies, specializing in environmental studies and the history, journalism, and literature of race relations and social justice, at the University of Delaware.
EPISODE 5: “The Conservation of Sounds,” with Ben Mirin (better known by his stage name, DJ Ecotone), a sound artist and television presenter who records wildlife and composes music from the sounds of nature.
EPISODE 6: “The Effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima” with Dr. Timothy Mousseau, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Carolina.
EPISODE 7: “Clearwater” with Shameika Hanson, from Clearwater (and the Clearwater Festival), Pete Seeger’s environmental and social justice organization. She speaks about the organization’s goals and actions.
EPISODE 8: “The Solutions Project” with Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, an engineer and Senior Stanford Woods Fellow at Stanford University, has a fifty-state plan to go fully renewable in the U.S. by 2050, and nearly there by 2030.
EPISODE 9: “Earth-Keeping – A Moral Imperative,” with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and political scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.
Episode 10: “The Clean Energy Revolution is Now” with writer, filmmaker and adventurer, Jon Bowermaster, a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council.
Heidi Hutner’s writing has been featured in magazines such as Ms. Magazine, Tikkun, Spirituality and Health, Yes!, Common Dreams, Garnet News, and Proximity Magazine, as well as in academic journals, blogs and books (Oxford University Press, University of Virginia Press, Palgrave, and others). Hutner gave her first TEDx talk, “Eco-Grief and Ecofeminism,” in November 2015. She has spoken on radio shows with Robin Morgan and The Green Divas.