Brown Bag Lunch: Ecoliteracy, the Anthropocene, and the Humanities

On Friday from 11:00-12:30, Dr. Barbara Eckstein will join us for a brown bag lunch in Smyth 102 (view map; see #23). The previous evening, Dr. Eckstein will deliver a public lecture titled, “The Anhinga and the Anthropocene: Ecoliteracy in Many Languages.” During the brown bag lunch, we will discuss how the humanities can intervene in the ecological crisis and contribute to the effort to foster sustainable cities. All interested faculty, including those from other area institutions, are encouraged to bring a lunch and join the discussion.

Public Lecture by Barbara Eckstein

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Thursday, November 2, 7:00-8:00 PM
Loras College Alumni Campus Center, Ballrooms C and D

The event is free and open to the public. The Alumni Campus Center is ADA accessible.

Dr. Eckstein is Professor of English and Director of General Education Literature at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Sustaining New Orleans:  Literature, Local Memory and The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain: Reading Politics as Paradox, and she edited (with James Throgmorton) Story and Sustainability: Planning, Practice, and Possibility for American Cities. She is also a co-director of the digital humanities project, The People’s Weather Map, which allows users to share narratives concerning their experiences relating with severe weather events.

This public lecture is sponsored by Loras College and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Connections Grant.


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Campus Compact Webinar October 24

From 2:00-3:15 PM (Central), Campus Compact will be hosting a webinar titled, “Realizing Sustainable Campuses, Resilient Communities and Meaningful Student Career Pathways.” The facilitators will be Stephen Miller, Deputy Director at Strategic Energy Innovations, and Jake Pollack, Associate Program Manager at Strategic Energy Innovations.

Registration is free for Campus Compact members, which include faculty at Loras College.

For more information and to register, visit the webinar page.

Upcoming Workshop: High Impact Practices for Developing Ecoliteracy and Civic Action

We are pleased to announce that we will kick off the course development phase of our grant project with a pedagogy workshop, which is open to all area educators. If you have an interest in ecoliteracy and/or civic action, please join us. Register for free at http://bit.ly/2v6S8Bh. Lunch is provided.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Loras College Academic Resource Center (ARC)

10:30 – 10:35 Welcome and Introduction
Jake Kurczek, Ph.D.
Loras College Civic Engagement Fellow
10:35 – 10:45 Overview of the Loras College General Education Sustainability Track
Christoffer Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D.
Loras College NEH Project Co-Director
10:45 – 12:00 Keynote Address: Using High-Impact Activities to Encourage Student Ecoliteracy and Influence Longitudinal Community Change Towards Sustainability
Denise Mitten, Ph.D.
Prescott College, Graduate Program Coordinator and Chair of the Ph.D. in Sustainability Education & Adventure Education Master Program
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and continued discussion (provided)
1:00 – 2:00 Ecoliteracy and Civic Action
Emily Shields
Executive Director, Iowa Campus Compact
2:00 – 3:00 Breakout Sessions

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Project Rationale

Benjamin Darr, Ph.D. and Christoffer Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D.

Humanity’s relationship to the environment is, in all likelihood, the defining issue of our time.  The need for environmentally sustainable human practices has never been clearer or better understood, yet nearly all of the practices of modern life are organized around unsustainable modes of production, distribution, and consumption. We can clearly see our global impacts on the environment in many different ways, including climate change, sea level rise, deforestation, and overfishing, to name just a few.  Taking into consideration the combined magnitude of humanity’s environmental impacts inescapably leads one to the realization that environmental sustainability is not just an urgent priority, but the definitive global challenge of our era. As such, an understanding of ecological systems and our relations to them—what can be called ecoliteracy—is an indispensable piece of the well-rounded liberal arts education that Loras College aims to provide to students.

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