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Rethinking Wilderness

November 27, 2018


Cronon argues that “it is time to rethink wilderness.” Are you persuaded? What ways would you rethink wilderness? How would such rethinking shape your environmental ethics? In order to help us do such rethinking, which author/writer/environmentalist/philosopher would you most rely upon–from this course? not included in the course (but you would argue should be)?

William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness: or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature”

which refers to Berry’s “Preserving Wildness” and all the way back to the beginnings of the course, Thoreau’s “in wildness is the preservation of the world,” from “Walking.”

For more by Lauret Savoy, author of Trace and “Desegregating Natue,” here is another essay of hers published on Terrain (and drawing upon work that makes its way to Trace): “The Future of Environmental Essay”

And for more on the complications of race and environment, consider the work of Carolyn Finney (a visitor to the College a couple years ago), author of Black Faces/White Spaces. Here is a performance piece on her urban land ethic she created titled Ode to New York.

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