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How Not to Say Interdisciplinary

Because the literary fiction and nonfiction that I study and teach is concerned with environmental systems, the primary questions about literary production …

Right and Wrong

This morning I read Michelle Navarre’s “Cleary The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar” in The Atlantic magazine. The essay takes up the …

The Ecological Arts

Let’s just say your professional title is Professor of English and American Studies, and you happen to have been elected President of …

Ecocultural Ethics

“The true artist, like the true scientist, is a researcher using materials and techniques to dig into the truth and meaning of …

Digitalis

Strigidae: A Journal of Undergraduate Writing in the Arts and Humanities About a year ago I began working with my colleague Kirsti …

Digital Compost

“Something startles me where I thought I was safest” Walt Whitman, “This Compost” It is exciting to be a professor of English …

Swimming with the Current

Among the ways college professors stay alive is by swimming in the current with their intellectual peers. Meaningful exchange with students and …

The Small College Department

For ten years the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture has distinguished itself as the only profession-wide …

A Grant from the NEH

The course I described in my last posting, “Writing in an Endangered World,” engaged students with the social movement of environmentalism and …

The Real Work

“Knowing that nothing need be done, is where we begin to move from” -Gary Snyder, “Four Changes,” Turtle Island (1974) How do …

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