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Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Dan Shilling (Project Director: March 2010 to April 2016)
Joan McGregor (Co Project Director: March 2010 to April 2016)
Rethinking the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities

A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to examine the concept of sustainability from the perspectives of humanities disciplines.

"Reframing the Land Ethic: The Humanities & Sustainability," sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research, is a four-week institute that brings an interdisciplinary focus to a popular but little understood topic: sustainability. Held in Flagstaff in partnership with NAU, the project builds on a 2009 NEH institute on Aldo Leopold, a founding voice of environmental ethics. Some scholars find the seeds of sustainability in his Land Ethic, which celebrates humanistic inquiry alongside conservation. "Reframing the Land Ethic" argues that at root sustainability is a humanistic concept. As taught and practiced, however, the perspectives of history, philosophy and other disciplines are often neglected in favor of science alone. For faculty the institute includes some of the most respected scholars who teach and research sustainability and the humanities. The institute does not advocate; rather it provides cultural contexts to help professors design curricula and conduct research.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Institutes for Higher Education Faculty

Education Programs

$207,806 (approved)
$207,764 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2010 – 12/31/2012

Funding details:
Original grant (2010) $197,882
Supplement (2010) $-42
Supplement (2011) $9,924