I am delighted to report that today at the WKU Board of Regents meeting, the new Master’s in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Commuities was approved. Our first cohort begins in the fall. Students an begin applying now–even before an official number has been assigned to the new program. Visit the official site at http://www.wku.edu/cohort/srsc
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!