Margot Anne Kelley (Chair)
Margot is an educator, artist, and advocate. After earning a Ph.D. in American Literature from Indiana University, Margot taught English at the college level for more than a decade. She then returned to graduate school, earned an M.F.A. in Media and Performing Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and began teaching photography and art theory as well as actively pursuing her own art projects. Now, she blends those interests in her position as Interim Director of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, where she is also an Associate Professor of Critical Theory. Those efforts counterpoint her work as a founding trustee for the K2 Family Foundation, which is committed to promoting science-based art projects, increased access to education, and creative approaches to environmental sustainability. Margot and her husband, Robert, live on the St. George peninsula in mid-coast Maine.
Stephen T. Berg
Stephen has spent the last twenty-three years working for Hope Mission, an inner-city agency, in Edmonton, Alberta, that cares for homeless people. He has held several positions including Shelter Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, and for the past twelve years has been their Development Director. He currently serves as Development Writer. In the meantime, he has pursued a philosophy degree and courses in history, theology, literature, and creative writing. Previously, with an education in agriculture, he worked as a grain buyer and grain terminal manager. His prose and poetry have seen life in publications such as Orion, Geez, Prairie Messenger, and Earthshine, as well as in live theater. He has been a frequent contributor to the Edmonton Journal’s Religion page, writing features and articles on issues of faith, social justice, stewardship, and peace. He is the 2009 recipient of the Waldo Ranson Spirit of Edmonton Award.
Gail Browne is the Executive Director of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and previously served as the Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson from 2002 to 2013. She directed the capital campaign, design, and construction of the Helen S. Schaefer Building, permanent home of the Poetry Center and one of three landmark buildings in the nation for the study and appreciation of poetry. During her tenure she also multiplied the scope and reach of Poetry Center programming and fundraising. Prior to her work at the University of Arizona, she was senior partner of Browne Zukow Associates, a San Francisco-based arts marketing and communications company. She was born and raised in the California desert and holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University at Long Beach and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Alison is the author of four poetry books: Rope, Genius Loci, The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, and Science and Other Poems (which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets). Her three nonfiction books are: Writing the Sacred Into the Real, The Edges of the Civilized World, and Temporary Homelands. Among her honors: a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. She co-edited with Lauret Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity, and the Natural World, and her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Norton Book of Nature Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is Professor at the University of Arizona.
A geographer in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, Carolyn explores how difference, identity, representation, and power play a significant role in determining how people negotiate their daily lives in relation to the environment. Along with public speaking and consulting, she serves on national boards and committees including the National Parks Advisory Board, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Center for Whole Communities. Dr. Finney has written a number of essays; her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: African Americans and the Great Outdoors, is forthcoming (UNC Press).
William L. Fox
William is Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, and has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. He has published fourteen books on cognition and landscape, numerous essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry. He has researched and written books set in the Antarctic, the Arctic, and the deserts of Chile, Australia, and the United States. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club, and recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Clark Art Institute, the Australian National University, and National Museum of Australia, and has twice been a Lannan Writer-in-Residence.
Wendy Tarlow Kaplan
Wendy’s career has been in the fine arts, having trained in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; worked at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University as assistant curator in the Print Department; curator at the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury; and curator of the Eighth Triennial at the Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton; curator at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She organized and produced the international traveling exhibitions “From the Kilns of Denmark: Contemporary Danish Ceramics,” at the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, and “Tiger by the Tail! Contemporary Women Artists of India Transform Culture,” which opened at Brandeis. Kaplan has served as art juror; written for Art New England; contributed essays on the Boston art scene for the New England Encyclopedia; and has memberships in American Museum Association, College Art Association, and ArtTable.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Robin is a mother, plant ecologist, writer, and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, the mission of which is to create programs that draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her writings include Gathering Moss, which was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her interests include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.
Adela C. Licona
Adela is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Arizona. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include cultural and gender studies, social justice coalitions, movements, and media, as well as visual culture, community literacies, action research, and public scholarship. She is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward. Her book, Zines In Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric, was published in October 2012. Adela is Co-Director of the Crossroads Collaborative, which brings together stories and numbers through action-oriented research with academics, youth serving organizations, and youth from the community. The Collaborative’s work addresses youth sexuality, health, and rights, in order to increase understanding, amplify youth voice, and share what is learned with the broader community.
Anne served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Macy’s, Citigroup, and Travelers. She lives in New York City and northwestern Connecticut.
Kathleen Dean Moore
Kathleen is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Oregon State University. She is the author of award-winning books of essays about our cultural, spiritual, and moral relationships to the natural world, including Riverwalking, Holdfast, The Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort, and she has edited volumes on Rachel Carson and Viola Cordova, an Apache philosopher. Her recent co-edited book, Moral Ground, identifies climate destabilization and other environmental emergencies as a moral crisis and calls for a global discourse about our responsibilities to the future. Her work appears widely, from Orion and Audubon to Environmental Ethics and the Journal of Forestry, and she speaks in a wide variety of national forums, often on the subject of ethics and climate change. Moore is founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. She and her husband, a biologist, live in Corvallis, Oregon.
A professor and then college administrator for many years, Chris instituted programs in place-based education and service learning. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies, and is a published poet and the author of The Old Shepherd’s Tale, which won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Chris serves as Vice President of the Myrin Institute and unofficial steward of its nature preserve.
Martha has an AMI elementary diploma and teaches at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is an advocate for healthy families through her volunteerism with La Leche League of Ohio. She is the co-owner of the Art Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture program, sells herbs and other garden produce to local restaurants, and is a supporter of Cleveland’s local food movement. She spent five years living off the grid outside of North Fork, California, before returning to her native Cleveland, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Martha holds a B.A. in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Scott is professor of literature and environment at the University of Idaho. Before moving to northern Idaho in 2012, he taught for seventeen years at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he co-founded the graduate program in literature and environment. A graduate of Stanford and Brown, he has been a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Japan, and China and has served as a visiting professor at more than a dozen universities throughout the world. Scott was the founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), and since 1995 he has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He has written, edited, or co-edited many books in the field of ecocriticism and environmental literature.
George is one of the founders of Smith, Watson & Company, LLP. Prior to forming Smith, Watson & Company, he had a private accounting practice that he started in 1962 in Berkshire County. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Fairview Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Health Systems, and has been a member and past President of the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad for forty-four years. He currently serves on the Board of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a trustee of the Mass College of Liberal Arts Endowment foundation. In his free time, he enjoys racing his vintage racecar, a 1948 MG TC, at Lime Rock Park and Watkins Glen.
Mitchell is the Director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program. He devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. He is engaged in teaching, writing, and executive consulting, cultivating opportunities and exchanges that transform how people engage with sustainability and ecological learning. From 2006-2011 he was the president of Unity College in Maine. Previously, he was the Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England. He is the author of Ecological Identity and Bringing the Biosphere Home, and is currently working on a new book, The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture.