the academy, to beyond it
learn first to listen_
with what is incomplete
some scholarly & creative
& university press chapters
works linked or available upon request
Rediscovering the Author of
A Sand County Almanac
forweword by Bill McKibben
As Wanjiku Gatheru, a recent Environmental Studies graduate, explains, she was the only Black person in her program and clubs. At the same time, reading the assigned “staple texts”—such as A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold— only “magnified the interests of my [U.S. white-settler] classmates and left mine in the dust”. This is, unfortunately, an experience that has been on repeat. A generation ago, for example, Black and Native American geologist and author Lauret Savoy , wondered why in delving into Leopold’s book she experienced “only uncertainty and estrangement.”
Land health—-the historical development of which centers Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey–indeed was a radical vision within his and my own culture’s extractive worldview. Yet, as I argue in detail throughout an in-progress, collaborative work, neither my bio-cultural ancestor Aldo Leopold nor I have been nearly “radical” enough when it comes to seeing and resisting baked-in settler-colonialisms and white supremacy in our conservation legacies that erase others including: via relegation (including genocide) of Indigenous Peoples from customary Lands, appropriations of Indigenous cultures and of Black labor (i.e., slavery), and forced assimilation (including into English language only). And, while Leopold’s vision incorporated coalition-forming within a fragmented settler-colonial society, the habit of not attending to differences in underlying assumptions between a dominating culture and those still oppressed by its institutions continues to destabilize grounds for real and lasting white, settler conservation alliances with Black, Indigenous, and people of color toward any shared goals.
It is my duty, joining so many others, to learn how to do better. My doing better means learning first to listen for what and to who never have fallen silent—that is, to the unfallen silent, particularly BIPOC. My doing better includes evolving commitments–as I continue to unlearn and help refuse-to-repeat ancestral harms–in self-organized support of abolition and decolonization enmeshed with desired futures, flourishing Lands in Indigenous hands, habitable global climate, and prioritizing good relations-making.
So, please stay tuned for new, related works appearing here.
And, here are a few related and favorite sources by others:
ii. book chapters
Please stay tuned for…
Forthcoming, In Kate Cummings, Brooke Hecht, Melissa Nelson, and John Hausdoerffer (eds.), What Kind of Ancestor Do You Want To Be? Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming, 2021:
With Princess Daazhraii Johnson, “A Conversation”
With John Hausdoerffer, “Interview with Wes Jackson”
“Learning Extinct Birdsong in the Anthropocene: Huia Echoes.”
In Robert Emmett, Gregg Mitman, and Marco Armiero (eds.)
Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.
“The Saw (Perpetual Mill),” “Lake Perez: Reflections,” “The Raptor Eye Center.”
In Ian Marshall (ed.)
The Ecological Reflections Project: Reading Shaver’s Creek: Ecological Reflections from an Appalachian Forest.
State College: Penn State University Press, 2018.
Web Link on Medium.com
“The Story Isn’t Over.”
In Gavin van Horn and John Hausdoerffer (eds.)
Wildness: Relations of People and Place.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
“Measures of Time: Exploring Debt, Nature, and Imagination.”
Pages 124-139 in P. Paik and M. Weisner- Hanks (eds.)
Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
PDF on HumansandNature.org
Pages 815-822 in D.R. Gallagher (ed.)
Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference, 2012.
“Science, Recreation, and Leopold’s Quest for a Durable Scale.”
Pages 97-118 in M. Nelson and J. B. Callicott.
The Wilderness Debate Rages On.
Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
Lead with Eric T. Freyfogle. “Sustainability a Dissent.”
In T. Campbell and D. Mollica.
London: Ashgate, 2009.
(First published in Conservation Biology 19(1): 23-31, 2005).
With Eric T. Freyfogle (lead). “Putting Science in its Place.”
Pages 23-33 in S.J. Armstrong.
Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence.
Boston, MA: McGraw Hill, 2003.
(First published in Conservation Biology 16 (4): 863-873, 2002).
iii. peer-reviewed journal writings
In progress, with Mike Roche, Working title: On Searching for the Searchers of Huia and Finding: Different Narratives of Extinction, Hidden Economies, and, a Politics of Mis/Trust
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment1
8 (2): 455-461, 2011.
“Archive Feature: Weaving a Wider Web for Conservation: Aldo Leopold’s Water Ethic.”
Organization and Environment
23 (2): 220-239, 2010.
Lead with Susan Kieffer.
“Risk Management and the Wisdom of Aldo Leopold.”
30 (2): 165- 174, 2010.
Lead with Daniel Simberloff.
“Symposium 4: Declaring Interdependence.”
Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America
90 (4): 526-528, 2009.
“Alienation or Intimacy?: The Roles of Science in the Cultural Narratives of Gifford Pinchot and John Burroughs.”
American Transcendental Quarterly
21:4: 249-259, 2007.
Lead with Eric T. Freyfogle and William C. Sullivan.
“Viewpoint: Land, Ecology and Democracy: A Twenty-first Century View.”
Politics and the Life Sciences
25 (1-2): 42-56, 2007.
Lead with Eric T. Freyfogle.
“Sustainability a Dissent.”
19 (1): 23-31, 2005.
Lead with Eric T. Freyfogle.
“Conservation Forum: Sustainability: A Dissent.”
Conservation Biology19(1): 23-32, 2005.
Lead with Eric T. Freyfogle. (Invited Response).
“Conservation Forum: All about nature.”
19 (1): 42-44, 2005.
Lead with William C. Sullivan.
“Culture, Nature, and Civil Society.”
Journal of Civil Society
1 (3): 195-209, 2005.
With Eric T. Freyfogle (lead).
“Putting Science in its Place.”
Conservation Biology16(4): 863-873, 2002)
iv. book reviews and interviews
Panel with Brooke Hecht (moderator), Carol Gould, Robin Kimmerer and Kathleen Dean Moore,
“Questions for a Resilient Future,”
Center for Humans and Nature at the American Museum of History,
New York, October 8, 2013.
“Crafting a Narrative of Care.”
Review of Souder, William.
On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson.
New York: Crown Books, 2012.
American Scientist 101(2): 146, March-April, 2013.
Review of Lewis, Daniel.
Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
Journal of Environmental History, 2013.
“The Dogged Arrow and Expanding the Circle of Life”
in JD Hamblin (ed.)
“Edmund Russell, Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth,”
H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 2(3), 2012
Review of Swimme, B. and ME Tucker.
Journey of the Universe.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011.
Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences: 2 (1): 106-109, 2011.
Review of Corcoran, P.B. and A. J. Wohlpart (eds).
A Voice for Earth.
Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
ISLE 17 (2): 442-443, 2010.