讲座简介：From Thoreau to Bill McKibben: The Influence of Environmental Writing in America
This talk traces the impact of environmental writing in America, starting with Henry David Thoreau, then proceeding to John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams and Bill McKibben. Environmental writers protest many ills in American society, including excessive consumerism and environmental destruction, but they also see in attitudes hostile toward nature beliefs that contribute to nationalism, racism, sexism, and loss of spiritual connection. The desire to control nature ultimately leads to estrangement from it and from all life, including the self.
主讲人介绍：Dr. Jean Cheney has had two careers, first as a teacher of American literature and composition at colleges and universities in North Carolina, Georgia, and California, then as a creator of public humanities programs in Utah, where she serves as Associate Director of Utah Humanities, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the humanities statewide and affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
She has degrees from Michigan State University, Duke University, and the University of California at Davis, where she completed a Ph.D. in English and wrote a dissertation about four American women nature writers in the twentieth century: Mary Austin, Sally Carrighar, Rachel Carson, and Terry Tempest Williams. She is married and has two children and three grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, gardening, photography, tennis, and traveling. She is very much enjoying her first trip to China and teaching literature and environmental writing at Southwest University in Chongqing.