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Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Joan McGregor (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

Extending the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities

A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to explore sustainability through the lens of the humanities, the sciences, and contemporary concerns.

“Extending the Land Ethic” builds on two earlier NEH institutes sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University. In 2009, “A Fierce Green Fire at 100” commemorated the centennial of Aldo Leopold’s 1909 arrival in Arizona by highlighting the humanistic qualities of his A Sand County Almanac, a founding document of environmental ethics. That project led in 2011 to “Reframing the Land Ethic,” which extended Leopold’s ideas to sustainability studies, a critical issue for the common good that is grounded in ethics and philosophy. This 2016 institute extends the previous work, featuring new humanities research that illuminates the core values which define the human-nature accord. Held in Flagstaff in partnership with NAU, the institute builds on Leopold’s “land ethic,” arguing that sustainability is at root a humanistic concept. The institute does not advocate; rather, it provides cultural contexts to help scholars design curricula and conduct research.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; U.S. History

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$196,485 (approved)
$179,660 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 12/31/2016