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The Future of Wildness

Author Dr. John Hausdoerffer will present on “The Future of Wildness” and read from his new co-edited volume Wildness: Relations of People and Place (U of Chicago Press, 2017). Co-edited with Gavin Van Horn from the Center for Humans and Nature, Wildness features creative nonfiction essays that explore the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes, and in urban communities. The book merges culturally diverse voices to delve into the evolution of “wildness,” including Hausdoerffer and Van Horn, as well as Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Mistinguette Smith, Curt Meine, Julianne Warren, Robert Michael Pyle, Robin Kimmerer, Aaron Abeyta, Winona LaDuke, and Roderick Frazier Nash. Hausdoerffer’s talk will also feature clips from his new documentary series “Wildness” that accompanies the book.

Dr. John Hausdoerffer is the Executive Director of the Center for Environment & Sustainability at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, where he serves as a Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Philosophy. He is also a fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature. In addition to “Wildness”, Hausdoerffer is also the author of “Catlin’s Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature” and the editor of Aaron Abeyta’s “Letters from the Headwaters.”

Naturalist Nights are made possible through a partnership between Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), and Roaring Fork Audubon.

John Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., Center for Environment & Sustainability, Western State Colorado University

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