Prof. Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies), has published a feature essay in Edge Effects, the online journal of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Culture, History, and the Environment. This article, “Notes from the Great Transition,” reflects on balancing his hopes as the father of a young son with the challenges of preparing adults for the uncertainties of a changing world through GMC’s new graduate program in Resilient and Sustainable Communities. “Notes from the Great Transition” is available here.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies), was invited to participate in a panel on “Ecological Reflections, East and West” at the annual conference of the Western Literature Association, on October 15th in Reno, Nevada. The panel was made up of authors who have served as writers in residence at the nation’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections sites, which bring artists and writers to the same few observation posts each year to record observable changes in the environment, as well as in how people perceive these sites over a 200-year span of time. Laird was writer in residence several years ago at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in the Oregon Cascades. One of the essays produced during that residency has already been published in Whole Terrain, while another will appear this spring in a collection of essays from the University of Washington Press.