Rethinking the Land Ethic

I heard very welcome news on Friday, April 1 (it’s no joke): I’ve been invited to join (that’s how she worded it) the National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Institute, in Flagstaff, AZ, for a month in June-July. The topic is “‘Rethinking the Land Ethic’: Sustainability and the Humanities.” The reference is to Aldo Leopold’s 1947 essay “The Land Ethic,” which describes a relationship to nature that re-imagines society’s responsibilities to current and future generations. The faculty are from around the country and we’ll each work on a topic, on which we’ll do a presentation in the end. A week each on history, literature, religion, and philosophy. Thursdays are for field trips (one to the Grand Canyon–first time for me). I hope to come back full of ideas for our new M.A. in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities–see the tab!