Keynote Speakers

Inspiring Keynote Speakers at Prescott College


1999, Belvie Rooks


Belvie Rooks is a writer and educator, whose published works have been included in a number of books and anthologies: Prayers in Praise of Life, edited by Mary-Ford Grabowsky (Doubleday); The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficulty by Alice Walker (Scribner); My Soul is a Witness: African American Women’s Spirituality, edited by Gloria Wade-Gayles (Beacon Press); Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women (Norton); Double Stitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters (Harper Collins). In 1993, Ms. Rooks received an American Book Award as editor of Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris (QED Press).


In 1997, Ms. Rooks co-created, with actors Danny Glover and Roy Scheider, a dramatic dialogue entitled, “Who’s Gonna Be There?” This dramatic presentation, co-starring Danny Glover and Roy Scheider, was performed at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor in 1997. “Who’s Gonna Be There?” marked Ms. Rooks’ debut as a director. Ms. Rooks has developed, and is currently piloting, an innovative educational model that encourage urban, inner-city youth to explore critical social, environmental and global issues using a multimedia-based curriculum. The project, “Hey, Listen Up,” piloted in South Central Los Angeles in a Wellness Village target area was supported by the Urban Habitat Program. Ms. Rooks has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from San Francisco State University.



Growing a Global Heart Website

1999, Hoyt Johnson III

Technical Systems Coordinator Sustainability and Global Change Program, Prescott College. Hoyt has extensive experience in software integration, data compilation and visualization, and the development of advanced presentation systems for local community and regional development efforts. At the City of Scottsdale for 5 years, he worked frequently with the City Council to develop and utilize data, graphics, and support materials for public meetings regarding growth and other current and controversial issues.

1999, David Orr


David Orr, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College. David W. Orr was born in Des Moines, Iowa and was raised in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. from Westminster College (1965), an M.A. from Michigan State University (1966), and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1973). He and his wife have two sons.


He is perhaps best known as an environmental educator and for his pioneering work on environmental literacy and campus ecology. His present work is focused on ecological design. During the past three years he spearheaded the effort to design and build a $7 million Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin College.


He was awarded a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation in 1993, a Lyndhurst Prize in 1992 awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation “to recognize the educational, cultural, and charitable activities of particular individuals of exceptional talent, character, and moral vision,” the Benton Box Award from Clemson University for his work in Environmental Education (1995), and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Arkansas College in May, 1990. He has been a distinguished scholar in residence at Ball State University (1995) and Westminster College in Salt Lake City (1996).


David Orr is the author of Earth in Mind (1994) and Ecological Literacy (1992) and over 100 published articles. He is also the co-editor of the Campus and Environmental Responsibility co-edited with David Eagan (Jossey-Bass, 1992), and The Global Predicament co-edited with Marvin Soroos (University of North Carolina Press, 1979). He is presently working on a book on that project and another on the larger topic of ecological design.


Dr. Orr is the Education Editor for Conservation Biology, a member of the editorial advisory board of Orion Nature Quarterly. He is a Trustee of the Compton Foundation (CA) and the JED Fund and the Educational Foundation of America. He is a member of: the Education Visiting Committee of the New England Aquarium in Boston, the Board of the Center for Ecoliteracy Berkeley, The Center for Respect of Life and Environment in Washington, D.C., Urban Ecology (Berkeley), and the School for Field Studies.

1999, Wil Orr

Wilson W. Orr, MBA, Director, Sustainability and Global Change Program, Prescott College. Wil is experienced in local community development, emergency services, environmental education, and technical project management. Prior to joining the faculty at Prescott College he spent 10 years in local government management positions with the cities of Tucson and Scottsdale where he managed new initiatives in sustainable community development and advanced technology applications. In addition to an MBA degree he holds undergraduate degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering.

1999, Eva Morales

Eva Morales was born and raised in Guatemala City. Her country suffered 26 years of internal war and in 1986, and she was forced to leave after she helped co-found a human rights organization called GAM. She has lived in the US for the past 12 years and ever since she came here she has worked for organizations that work on human rights, labor, youth, women, and immigration issues.

Career Summary: 

I have conducted organizing campaigns for labor unions, working for the garment and health care industries. I have developed leadership programs in communities and conducted political campaigns. I spent six years working in the labor movement. I worked in Los Angeles with an organization called Guatemala Information Center as a financial assistant. I have extensive experience working with immigrants’ legal issues in the USA. I have great experience working with abused women, children, and youth. I have ten years of experience, working on human rights and community issues in Central America and the United States. I have organized and supervised summer programs for college interns to do labor work projects in the Los Angeles area. I have worked with Global Youth Connect and Children of War, dealing with issues of preventing genocide, and with developing youth leadership.


I am presently working at Guatemala Partners/Rights Actions. An organization that was founded in 1990, our mission is to financially and technically support Community Based Organizations that are being organized by people who live in isolated areas and who get no support what-so-ever. Here in the US we coordinate educational tours with representatives of the three countries; we are working on Guatemala, Chiapas (Mexico), and Honduras. We also coordinate delegations to go down to those countries and spend a week or two hearing testimonies of the people, and meeting with churches, schools, and people from the government. We focus in building solidarity among the US people and these groups.

2000, Robert Stein

Robert Stein is Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (RMSEL), a K-12 public school serving students from four Denver-area school districts. Rob received a BA in anthropology from Middlebury College, an MA in teaching humanities from Stanford University, and a CAS from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he is an advanced doctoral candidate. Prior to returning to his native Denver to work at RMSEL, Rob was a Teaching Fellow and Research Fellow at Harvard University and a consultant in schools. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in schools in Colorado, Vermont, and Bogota, Colombia. In addition to his interests in education and schooling, Rob enjoys cycling, running, cross-country skiing, carpentry, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and son.


2000, Gregory Cajete


Gregory Cajete. Greg is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa Indian Tribe and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Dr. Cajete is the author of Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education; Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence, and the editor and author of numerous other books and articles in the areas of science education for Native American learners, Indigenous Ecology, and culturally-based curriculum development.


Greg has taught extensively at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he was the founding Director of the Center for Research and Cultural Exchange, and at the University of New Mexico, where he is currently an assistant professor in the College of Education. He has lectured widely in schools, universities, and for education programs throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the former Soviet Union.


Dr. Cajete also operates a private educational consulting arts business, Tewa Educational Arts, specializing in comprehensive educational planning, multicultural/environmental curricula, and program development in science, social science, and art.


Greg says, “Through my years of interdisciplinary teaching and diversity of experience, I have gained an appreciation and contexted base of understanding regarding the issues, controversies, and challenges related to development of an environmental and cross-cultural curriculum which addresses concerns and needs of native American learners. I believe in applying a holistic and ecological approach to life in my work as an educator, artist, and consultant. I view all aspects of humanity as  being dynamic inter-relationship with all other aspects of self and the environments I create and which create me.”

2000, Bloodhut Productions


In the fall of 1991, we began to meet. We knew each other through past theatrical ventures. We shared possible themes, searching for our voices, looking for connections among our experiences. We talked, we argued, we cried, we listened, we dreamed and imagined and wrote. We emerged with a series of true stories. We performed these stories in 1992 in Our Own Bodies: Stories From the Bloodhut.


Encouraged by the response to Our Own Bodies and strengthened by our deepening appreciation of each other, we formed a production company, expanded our circle, and continued developing our work as collaborative artists. Flesh & Bones (1993) was our second work together. Void of Course, I Know an Old Woman, Between the Sheets, Only Skin Deep, and Wanted: Charmed and Dangerous followed.


We believe that proclaiming our stories is a powerful and healing act. The Bloodhut represents a place where women gather and are cared for; a place where women, set aside from normal time and life, can talk freely; a place where women seek sacred visions and bring them into the world.


Aleta Garcia

Aleta was last seen in the Bloodhut Production of Only Skin Deep. She was also seen last year in the role of Oleanna at Damesrocket Theatre. She has been seen in many productions at Borderlands Theatre. Aleta holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from the University of Arizona.


Cynthia Meier

Cynthia Meier, co-founder of Bloodhut, has been a theatre artist and writer since she was 3, but she received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies when she was 33. Her work has been published in Radiance Magazine, Fat!So?, The Last Sex, and The Meaning of Being Human. Her day job is with Pima Community College where she is the Assistant Director of Adult Basic Education. She is happy to be in Prescott among the pines!


Carrie Hill

Carrie received her BA in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University. She has performed and traveled with Bloodhut Productions on and off for the past 5 years as well as acted with several local theatre companies in Tucson. Recently she wrote and performed her own one woman show "Try These  On For Size" that was inspired from her work in the Bloodhut. Carrie is currently working on her Masters in Counseling and Psychology/emphasis on Expressive Arts and Body Imagery from Prescott College.

2000, Steve Van Matre

Steve Van Matre, M.A., chair of the Institute for Earth Education was a professor of environmental interpretation and education for many years at George Williams College outside Chicago. He has conducted over 1000 sessions on earth education in over 40 North American states and provinces and during twenty world speaking tours on five continents. His previous pioneering works in the field include Acclimatization (1969), Acclimatizing (1974), Sunship Earth (1979), The Earth Speaks (1983), Earth Education...A New Beginning (1990), and Sunship III (1997).


The Institute for Earth Education Website

2001, Bill Plotkin


Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., the founding director of Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute, has been guiding vision quests since 1980. A former research scientist and university professor, he has been a wilderness guide since 1974 and a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1980. He has also created a unique training program in soulcraft and wilderness skills that has been operating since 1988. Bill is the author of the forthcoming book, Soulcraft: Carrying What is Hidden as a Gift to Others,as well as several articles on contemporary wilderness rites, ceremony, and psychotherapy. He thinks of himself as a psychologist gone wild.


Animas Valley Institute Website

2001, Simon Ortiz


Simon Ortiz. Acoma Pueblo poet and writer Simon J. Ortiz has authored and edited more than 15 books of poetry, fiction, children’s literature, and literary anthologies, including Woven Stone, From Sand Creek, After and Before the Lightening, Men on the Moon, and others. About his work he says, “To Native Americans, the oral tradition evokes a sense of cultural being, continuity, and identity. Therefore Native American culture based on oral tradition absolutely conveys a sense of Existence.” After not teaching for a decade, Simon has recently accepted a position as Professor in the English Department at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.


2001, Jimmy Santiago Baca


Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1952. A winner of the Pushcart Prize and the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, he has been called an heir to Pablo Neruda and one of the best poets in America today. At the age of twenty-one, however, Baca was illiterate and incarcerated in a maximum-security facility for selling drugs. Five years later, he emerged from prison with a passion for reading and writing poetry.


Baca is the author of A Place to Stand, a memoir, and numerous books of poetry, including Healing Earthquakes, Black Mesa Poetry, Martin and Meditations on the South Valley and Immigrants in Our Own Land. Films, scripts and productions include Bound by Honor (Blood In, Blood Out), Disney Productions, and The Lone Wolf – The Story of Pancho Gonzalez, HBO and Shoelace Productions.


Baca’s vision of himself as a “poet of the people” is carried out in his writing workshops with children and adults at countless elementary, junior high and high schools, colleges, universities, reservations, barrio community centers, white ghettos, housing projects, correctional facilities and prisons from coast to coast.


“I am a witness, not a victim... My role as a witness is to give voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless, of which I am one.”      - Jimmy Santiago Baca, A Place to Stand. 2001.


Jimmy Santiago Baca Personal Website

2001, Bernardo Aguilar

Limited-Resdiency Master of Arts Program


MAP is honored to present four of Prescott College’s faculty for a panel presentation of a response to the momentous events taking place in our world today. The panelists will discuss the attacks of September 11 and individual and national responses to the attacks and to the current state of the world. Panelists: Bernardo Aguilar, J.D., William “Chip” Stearns, Ph.D., Grace Burford, Ph.D., and Jeanne Cashin, Ph.D. Bernardo Aguilar’s fields of specialty are ecological economics and environmental law. Chip Stearns holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches in numerous areas, including political philosophy, world politics and peace studies, and media studies. Grace Burford’s doctorate is in history and literature of religion, through which she applies a holistic approach to the study and understanding of world religions. Jeanne Cashin earned her doctorate in trauma psychology and has focused her work on the study and healing of war- and genocide-related trauma.

2001, Grace Burford


Limited-Resdiency Master of Arts Program


MAP is honored to present four of Prescott College’s faculty for a panel presentation of a response to the momentous events taking place in our world today. The panelists will discuss the attacks of September 11 and individual and national responses to the attacks and to the current state of the world. Panelists: Bernardo Aguilar, J.D., William “Chip” Stearns, Ph.D., Grace Burford, Ph.D., and Jeanne Cashin, Ph.D. Bernardo Aguilar’s fields of specialty are ecological economics and environmental law. Chip Stearns holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches in numerous areas, including political philosophy, world politics and peace studies, and media studies. Grace Burford’s doctorate is in history and literature of religion, through which she applies a holistic approach to the study and understanding of world religions. Jeanne Cashin earned her doctorate in trauma psychology and has focused her work on the study and healing of war- and genocide-related trauma.

2001, Jeanne Cashin

MAP is honored to present four of Prescott College’s faculty for a panel presentation of a response to the momentous events taking place in our world today. The panelists will discuss the attacks of September 11 and individual and national responses to the attacks and to the current state of the world. Panelists: Bernardo Aguilar, J.D., William “Chip” Stearns, Ph.D., Grace Burford, Ph.D., and Jeanne Cashin, Ph.D. Bernardo Aguilar’s fields of specialty are ecological economics and environmental law. Chip Stearns holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches in numerous areas, including political philosophy, world politics and peace studies, and media studies. Grace Burford’s doctorate is in history and literature of religion, through which she applies a holistic approach to the study and understanding of world religions. Jeanne Cashin earned her doctorate in trauma psychology and has focused her work on the study and healing of war- and genocide-related trauma.

2001, Chipe Stearms

MAP is honored to present four of Prescott College’s faculty for a panel presentation of a response to the momentous events taking place in our world today. The panelists will discuss the attacks of September 11 and individual and national responses to the attacks and to the current state of the world. Panelists: Bernardo Aguilar, J.D., William “Chip” Stearns, Ph.D., Grace Burford, Ph.D., and Jeanne Cashin, Ph.D. Bernardo Aguilar’s fields of specialty are ecological economics and environmental law. Chip Stearns holds a Ph.D. in political science and teaches in numerous areas, including political philosophy, world politics and peace studies, and media studies. Grace Burford’s doctorate is in history and literature of religion, through which she applies a holistic approach to the study and understanding of world religions. Jeanne Cashin earned her doctorate in trauma psychology and has focused her work on the study and healing of war- and genocide-related trauma.

2002, Dr. Ellen Cole


In honor of the tenth anniversary of the Master of Arts Program’s charter class, we are pleased to present Dr. Ellen Cole, psychologist, sex therapist, award-winning author and editor, and founding director of the Master of Arts Program at Prescott College. Ellen is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.


Her varied career as a psychologist has focused on human sexuality and women's mental health and included an 18-month stint as a call-in radio psychologist. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and currently serves on APA's Committee on Women in Psychology and co-chairs an APA task force on Media and Women. For twelve years she edited the journal Women & Therapy and the Haworth Press book program, "Innovations in Feminist Studies." Her own writings have addressed topics such as lesbians at menopause, sex therapy, refugee women, wilderness therapy, and professional ethics. Her most recent books are Celebrating the Lives of Jewish Women: Patterns in a Feminist Sampler (1997) and Jewish Mothers Tell Their Stories: Acts of Love and Courage (2000). She was just awarded a sabbatical leave to begin in January 2003 and plans to travel to Israel to work with the Jerusalem Link, a peace organization of Palestinian and Israeli women. Ellen loves Alaska and the out-of-doors. For her 60th birthday, last March, she went on a 200 mile dog mushing trip through the Alaska wilderness.

2002, Doug North

Dr. Doug North has been President of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska since 1995 and was President of Prescott College from 1989 to 1994. While at Prescott College he conceptualized the Master of Arts Program (MAP), designed it, sold the concept to the College, and saw it through the accreditation process, then turning it over to Ellen Cole as its first Director. At Alaska Pacific University, he has started a very similar program, which is now in its second year. He says, “If I were to write a book, it would be about two opposed visions of education, the factory and the garden, but my own creative talents seem to go more toward constructing a garden university than writing about the concept. Maybe that is why there is a practicum component in MAP and not just research and thesis.” He once described himself as a turnaround artist for distressed, interesting colleges and universities, but now claims to have settled down in Alaska. Prior to his time at Prescott College, Doug was a professor of literature at Wesleyan University (CT) and Goddard College (VT).

2002, Sunny Dooley


Sunny Dooley who is a Native Dine' (Navajo) storyteller, poet, playwright, lecturer, and folksinger who has traveled throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and West Africa sharing her culture’s rich artistic heritage. She is from the Four Corners region of the southwest from a community called Chi Chil' Tah (Where the Oaks Grow). She has been telling the Origin and Creation Stories of the Dine' people for the past 9 years.


The traditional stories that Miss Dooley recounts are the same stories that have been handed down from one generation to the next in her family. The stories that she tells are stories that have been told from her matrilineal clan of the Saltwater People Clan.


The Dine' stories create the worldview of its people and their relationship to their surroundings. The stories carries within its context an understanding of why people, places, and things are the way they are; they share a wisdom and an understanding of the past and present. They also make a linkage to the future. The Stories, call Hane', in its re-telling is believed to recreate the world each time it is told and therefore is considered an art form that is not only precious but sacred.


Having Dine' (Navajo) as her first language, Miss Dooley is one of the primary storytellers to interpret her People’s stories with all of its rich cultural, traditional and historical context into English. She is the first in her family to interpret these stories of the Dine People for everyone to enjoy.

2002, Tim Miller


Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist. Miller's creative work as a performer and writer explores the artistic, spiritual and political topography of his identity as a gay man. Hailed for his humor and passion, Miller's has tackled this challenge in such pieces as Live Boys (1981-created with John Bernd), Postwar (1982), Cost of Living (1983), Democracy in America (1984), Buddy Systems (1985-created with Doug Sadownick), Some Golden States (1987), Stretch Marks (1989), Sex/Love/Stories (1991), My Queer Body (1992), Naked Breath (1994), Fruit Cocktail (1996), Shirts & Skin (1997) and Glory Box (1999). Miller's performances have been presented all over North America, Australia, and Europe in such prestigious venues as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is the author of the books Shirts & Skin and Body Blows. His solo theater works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium.


Since 1990, Miller has taught performance in the theater department at UCLA and the dance program at Cal State LA. He is a co-founder of the two most influential performance spaces in the United States: Performance Space 122 on Manhattan's Lower East Side and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA.


Miller has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1990, Miller was awarded an NEA Solo Performer Fellowship, which was overturned under political pressure from the Bush White House because of the gay themes of Miller's work. Miller and three other artists, the so-called "NEA 4", successfully sued the federal government with the help of the ACLU for violation of their First Amendment rights and won a settlement where the government paid them the amount of the defunded grants and all court costs. Though the Supreme Court of the United States decided in 1998 to overturn part of Miller's case and determined that "standards of decency" are constitutional criterion for federal funding of the arts, Miller vows "to continue fighting for freedom of expression for fierce diverse voices."


Since premiering Glory Box in 1999 Miller has focused his creative and political work on addressing the injustices facing lesbian and gay couples in America. Glory Box is a funny, sexy, and politically charged exploration of same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national couples. Glory Box recounts the trials Miller has been forced to undergo in trying to keep his Australian partner in the United States. Says Miller, "I want the piece to conjure for the audience a new glory box, a new kind of hope chest, that can be an alternative site for the placing of memories, hopes and dreams of gay people's extraordinary potential for love."


After a nine-year stint in New York City, in 1987 Miller returned home to Los Angeles, California where he was born and raised. He currently lives there with his partner Alistair McCartney in Venice Beach.


Tim Miller Website

2002, Ruth Forman


Ruth Forman is an award-winning writer presently living in Los Angeles. Her first book of poetry, We Are The Young Magicians (Beacon Press, 1993), won the prestigious Barnard New Women Poets Prize and wide acclaim for its fresh approach to poetry, as well as a listing by the American Library Association as a 2001Popular Paperback for Young Adults. Her second book, Renaissance, (Beacon Press, 1998), won the 1999 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetry.  Her work is widely anthologized.


A graduate of UC Berkeley and the famed USC film school, Ms. Forman works to inspire others with the power and magic of language, frequently collaborating on music and film projects, and providing readings and workshops to a wide variety of audiences. She has presented her poetry in forums such as the United Nations, the National Black Arts Festival, National Public Radio, PBS's The United States of Poetry, and numerous university and community literary programs. She most recently received The 2001 Durfee Artist Fellowship to continue work on Mama John, her first novel, as well as a third volume of poetry.


Ms. Forman credits much of her vision and inspiration from voices not only before her, but those singing at this very moment.  "We are not nndividuals, but a chorus."


Ruth Forman Website

2003, Max Oelschlaeger


Max Oelschlaeger, Ph.D., is the Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University, and Director of NAU’s Program in Community, Culture, and Environment. His teaching employs interdisciplinary approaches to the public humanities, ecological restoration and conservation, and sustainability studies.


Max’s research focuses on the interface of ethical belief with environmental policy, wilderness and public land issues, sustainability and bioregional analysis, and the human dimensions of the policy making process and public policy itself.


Recent books include The Idea of Wilderness (Yale UP), Caring for Creation (Yale UP), and Texas Land Ethics (Texas UP) with Pete A. Y. Gunter. Recent articles have been published in Conservation Biology, Environmental Ethics, Ecumene, and Sign System Studies. He is presently working on three book manuscripts, one concerning wildfire in western forests, one concerning policy reforms for western public lands, and one concerning ecology and rationality.


Max is a board member of Arizona Humanities Council, Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, International Society for Environmental Ethics, Arizona Wilderness Coalition, and Environmental Ethics, Inc.

Avocations include flying, day-hiking, and astronomy. His wife Mary is also an NAU faculty member, and his son is a software engineer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2003, Gary Nabhan

Gary Nabhan, Ph.D., an alumni of Prescott College. Nabhan is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University, where he also teaches as a Professor in Environmental Sciences, Applied Indigenous Studies, and Masters of Liberal Studies. Nabhan is widely recognized as being among the leading voices in ethnobiology and conservation biology in the Americas, having worked with more than a dozen indigenous communities on cross-cultural initiatives to protect plants, habitats, and agricultural traditions. For this work and his related writings, he has received a MacArthur “Genius” award, a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Conservation Biology, and the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. Author of fifteen books and more than a hundred articles that have appeared in Nature, Conservation Genetics, Ecological Applications,Audubon, American Anthropologist, and The New York Times, Nabhan’s work moves from policy to practice, as his co-sponsorship of the Flagstaff community Farmer’s Market demonstrates. His most recent book, Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods, documents his year long journey to obtain the majority of his sustenance from a 250-mile radius from his home. He and his wife Laurie Monti raise Navajo-Churro sheep and native crops in the pygmy woodlands near Winona, Arizona.

2003, Victor Lee Lewis


Victor Lewis is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of anti-oppression diversity work and alliance-building. As an educator, trainer, and activist, Lewis has conducted keynote speeches, seminars, and “train the trainer” programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Raised in the African American “underclass,” he has been an educator, trainer, and activist for social and environmental justice for more than 20 years. Throughout that time he has striven to weave his concerns for liberating approaches to education with his concerns for radical social change, spiritual transformation (personal and planetary), and the building and restoring of the human family.


Victor is Co-Director of the Center for Diversity Leadership (CDL). He is best known as the central prophetic voice in the award-winning race relations documentary, The Color of Fear. He is co-author, with Hugh Vasquez, of Beyond the Color of Fear: Dismantling Racism, a facilitation and discussion guide for use in institutions wishing to integrate the film into their curricula and training programs. Victor also has written and lectured extensively on the roots of male violence when he served as co-chair of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS). He is a Charter Board Member for The Urban Habitat Program (initially of Earth Island Institute). He was previously a senior trainer with the Oakland Men's Project, a leader amongst pro-feminist men's organizations, and one of the nation's premier violence-prevention training institutes. He holds an MA in Culture and Spirituality from the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality (ICCS), founded by “creation-centered” theologian, the Rev. Matthew Fox.


Radical Resilience Institute Website

2003, Anna Lappé


Anna began developing a passion for understanding the world with a global perspective at the ripe young age of three when she accompanied her mother on a research trip to Guatemala. In partnership with her mother, Anna has helped bring to life Hope's Edge, a sequel as much for her generation as for her mother's. 

Anna's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, and the Globe and Mail as well as many other publications. She is a regular contributor to the online news site Guerrilla News Network ( She is also a regular radio commentator, having appeared on dozens of radio shows across the country, from pirate radio Santa Cruz to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition and the Diane Rehm Show.


As a public speaker, she has lectured widely on food, politics, globalization, and the media, including appearances at Allegheny College, Boston University, Brown University, New York University, University of Connecticut, University of Colorado at Boulder, and many other colleges and universities.


She holds a Masters degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA with honors from Brown University. At 29, she has traveled to more than 20 countries and lived and worked in Thailand, South Africa, England, and France.


In 2002 she was named the first recipient of the Bioneers Youth Award, honoring effective and innovative social and environmental activists given by one of the country's foremost environmental organizations, the Collective Heritage Institute.


In 2002 she co-founded the Small Planet Fund to help raise resources for social movements profiled in Hope's Edge fighting hunger and poverty at their roots around the world.


Small Planet Institute Website

2004, Dementria Martinez


Demetria Martinez has led a life rich in culture and controversy. Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she credits her love for writing as well as her spirituality to her grandmother, a God-fearing, Bible-reading Mexican Protestant. Martinez was a shy, overweight teenager who began keeping a journal when she was fifteen in order to converse with herself.


She graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a degree in public policy. After four years of college Demetria was clear on only one thing, "Life is too short to work at a job that requires hose, heels, and forty hours a week. Why settle for a career when one might have a calling?"

Martinez went to Albuquerque and joined the Sagrada Art School, a community that encourages artists to stay away from full-time jobs. She lived there for six years whiling away her morning hours reading poetry and her afternoons working at various odd jobs. She gradually began to experiment with her own poetry, which was published as Turning in 1987.


One year later she was indicted on charges related to smuggling two refugee women into the country. She was facing a twenty-five year prison sentence and the government attempted to use one of her poems, "Nativity, for Two Salvadoran Women," against her in court. Martinez had simply accompanied a Lutheran minister when he helped two women cross over as part of the Sanctuary movement, which had been approved by the governor of New Mexico.


She was acquitted on First Amendment grounds. In 1990 Martinez joined the staff of the National Catholic Reporter in Kansas City writing columns concerning controversial issues such as abortion and immigration. After two years she began to feel stifled by the demands of a full-time job. the attended a Chicano poetry festival at the Mexico Fine Arts Center in Chicago at the invitation of Luis Rodriquez. As she listened to Sandra Cisneros read from Woman Hollering Creek, Martinez felt she could hear a voice that said, "His nation chewed him up and spat him out like pinion shell and when he emerged from an airplane one late afternoon I knew I would one day make love with him." It became the opening line to her first novel, Mother Tongue, which won the 1994 Western States Award for Fiction. Since the publishing of her novel she has contributed another selection of poetry entitled Breathing Between the Lines (1997).

2004, Margo Okazawa-Rey


Margo is Professor of Social Work at San Francisco State University and a long-time community organizer focused on militarism, globalization, and women's rights. She is the co-author with Gwyn Kirk of Women's Lives, Multicultural Perspectives (Mayfield, 1998), a major multicultural feminist textbook used in college level women's studies courses throughout the nation, and the co-author of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to Anti-Racist, Multicultural Curriculum and Staff Development (Network of Educators on the Americas, 1998), focused on multicultural, multi-racial education.


She was a member of the Combahee River Collective in Boston during the 1970s and one of the founders of the Afro-Asian Relations Council in Washington, D.C. Dr. Okazawa-Rey has served as Jane Watson Irwin Co-Chair in Women's Studies at Hamilton College and holds a doctorate from Harvard University's Graduate School of education. Most recently she has co-edited a special volume of The Journal of Social Justice, focused on neo-liberalism, militarism, and armed conflict. She is a founding member of the East Asia - U.S. Women's Network Against Militarism, and the Institute for Multiracial Justice in San Francisco, organized to bring communities of color together to promote progressive politics.

2004, Craig Childs


Craig Childs has spent entire winters walking the canyons of Utah, and has vanished without a trace into dune seas and appallingly vast deserts only to emerge tattered and dripping with sands at book events around the country. His first few books were written in laundromats and libraries, wherever he could find to plug in a computer. Mostly, though, his work is written by hand. His journals are filled with words and artwork, and his stories come pouring out of the land like flash floods.

Craig Childs was born in Arizona and has spent much of his life in the Four Corners region. He was a river guide at the age of eighteen. By twenty-one he was hitchhiking the coast of British Columbia on bush planes. He has worked as a field instructor for Prescott College, an editor of a small mountain newspaper, a jazz and symphony performer on trombone, a beer bottler, and a gas station attendant (not necessarily in that order).

Childs is winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, given to a writer whose body of work captures the unique spirit of the American West. He frequently contributes commentary to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He has written for Outside, Audubon, Sierra, Backpacker, Arizona Highways, High Country News, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of eight books of natural history and wilderness travel. Of his most recent book, Soul of Nowhere, The San Francisco Chronicle says, “Where his language is as taught as the lands he chronicles, Childs achieves the spare elegance of these Southwestern landscapes.” The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Childs’s feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he’s a modern-day desert father.” About his book The Secret Knowledge of Water, the Washington Post wrote, “Utterly memorable and fantastic…. Certainly no reader will ever see the desert in the same way again.”

Childs lives with his wife and son in western Colorado. He has a master’s degree in Desert Studies from Prescott College in Arizona, where he has taught as an adjunct professor in field sciences.

2004, Dan Garvey


In honor of the inauguration of the Prescott College Crossroads Center, we are pleased to present Prescott College president, Dr. Dan Garvey. The Board of Trustees of Prescott College has named Dr. Dan Garvey the institution's 12th president. Prescott College is an experientially-based, liberal arts college offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees, with campuses in Prescott and Tucson. Garvey is currently a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire teaching and researching in the area of experiential education. Before joining the faculty at UNH, he had a 25-year career as an administrator and educator focused on education reform and improvement. He is a former president and executive director of the Association for Experiential Education, has sailed around the world three times as dean of the Semester at Sea Program through the University of Pittsburgh, served as vice president for the American Youth Foundation, was associate dean of Student Affairs at the University of New Hampshire, and served on the Americorps Executive Committee and participated in writing the first Americorps program grant.

2005, Rick Bass


Dubbed “Nature Writer” by bookstores and critics, Rick Bass’s works are concerned with the nature of the human heart and the heart of nature. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 7, 1958. The son of a geologist, Bass took an early interest in the natural world. He earned a B.S. at Utah State University in 1979 and worked as a petroleum geologist for several years. Bass has lived around the South and Southwest, including stints in Mississippi from 1979 to 1987 as a petroleum geologist in charge of prospecting for new wells, an experience that formed the basis for his book Oil Notes (1989). He currently lives and works in the Yaak Valley in Montana. Bass is part of a recent trend in regional writing: Southerners writing about the West. The stories in Bass’s first short story collection, The Watch, which won the 1988 PEN/Nelson Algren Award in 1988, are generally set in Texas. His other works, however, concern the West. In an article in the Bloomsbury Review, John Murray wrote, “Bass is characteristically Southwestern in independence, his restlessness, his humor, his vitality, his sunny outlook, his distrust of unchallenged authority, and his disclaim for affectation and pretense.”


Bass published his first novel, Where the Sea Used to Be, in 1998. His most recent fictional work is a short story collection, The Hermit’s Story: Stories (2002). Most of his other recent works have been nonfiction, including The New Wolves (1998), Brown Dog of the Yaak: Essays on Art and Activism (1999), Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had (2000), and The Roadless Yaak: Reflections and Observations About One of Our Last Great Wilderness Areas (2002).

2005, Susan Griffin


Susan Griffin, well-known writer, poet and highly influential social thinker who has investigated Western culture's alienation from nature, is the author of, among other works, Woman and Nature, What Her Body Thought, and A Chorus of Stones. Her latest work, The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues, was published by Broadway Books (Random House) October 1, 2001. Woman and Nature, a classic work that inspired eco-feminism, was published in a new edition by Sierra Club Books in 2000. In 1998, Harper San Francisco published What Her Body Thought, an exploration of the way modern society responds to illness and the second volume of a longer work, a social autobiography. The first volume of this extended work, A Chorus of Stones, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Award and won the BABRA award in 1992. Her recent essays on gender and society were collected in The Eros of Everyday Life, in 1994. Named by Utne Reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has been the recipient of a NEA grant, a MacArthur Grant for Peace and International Cooperation, and an Emmy award for her play, "Voices." She also has published several volumes of poetry. Unremembered Country won the Commonwealth Club's silver medal for poetry in 1987. In 1998, Cooper Canyon Press published Bending Home: Poems Selected and New 1967-1998, which was a finalist for the Western States Art Federation Award. She is presently at work on a libretto about the victims of atrocities in Latin America called 3Canto2 and a novel, as well as the third volume of her social autobiography. She lectures widely in the United States and abroad and is teaching a course called 3 Thinking Like Nature, 2 at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as teaching privately at her home in Berkeley.


Susan Griffin Website

2005, Allan Combs


Allan Combs is a consciousness researcher, neuro-psychologist, and systems theorist, who holds appointments at the Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Assisi Conferences. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where he recently won the National Teaching Award of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs. He is author of over fifty articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, including The Radiance of Being: Understanding the Grand Integral Vision (2 ed) and Living the Integral Life, with a foreword by Ken Wilber and winner of the best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK.

2005, Paula Rothenberg


Paula Rothenberg. Paula is Director of The New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching and Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at The William Paterson University of New Jersey. She lectures and consults on a variety of topics including multicultural curriculum transformation, issues of inequality, equity and privilege, globalizing the curriculum, and white privilege. Author of Invisible Privilege: A Memoir About Race, Class and Gender, her diversity text Race, Class and Gender in the United States is now in its sixth edition and her anthology White Privilege: Readings on the Other Side of Racism is now in its second edition. Her newest college text Beyond Borders: Thinking Critically about Global Issues was published by Worth in July 2005. Paula Rothenberg is also coeditor of Creating an Inclusive College Curriculum: A Teaching Sourcebook from the New Jersey Project and Feminist Frameworks Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations between Women and Men. Her articles and essays appear in journals and anthologies across the disciplines and many have been widely reprinted.


A prominent figure in the creation of women's studies and multicultural studies as academic disciplines, Rothenberg is perhaps best known for her textbook Race, Class and Gender in the United States, which was widely attacked by conservatives defending traditional curricula. In her text Invisible Privilege she shows how higher education upholds race, class, and gender bias, and, more generally, analyzes the ways in which many white people's unwavering belief in their own good intentions leaves them blind to their societal privilege and their role in perpetuating class difference.

2006, Claudia Bernardi


Claudia is an internationally known artist who works in the fields of human rights and social justice and who has exhibited her work in over 40 solo exhibitions. In all of her work over the past two decades – whether as an artist through installation, sculpture, and printmaking, as an educator through teaching and lecturing, or as a participant in human rights investigations – she has impacted thousands of people with her integrity, compassion, and truthfulness. She is an artist who has witnessed monstrous atrocities and unspeakable human tragedies, yet speaks of these horrors in ways that communicate the persistence of hope, undeniable integrity, and necessary remembrance. Born in Buenos Aires, Bernardi and her younger sister lost their parents while teenagers during a highly unstable time in the history of Argentina - a time of dictatorship and extreme political unrest. “You do not have the luxury of choosing to be apolitical in Argentina,” says Bernardi. “By simply living in a dictatorship, one is politically involved and constantly at risk.”  Argentines lived in perpetual fear that they personally, or someone closely related, would become a desaparecido, a disappeared citizen; 30,000 desaparecidos were documented during the so-called “Dirty War” waged by the Argentine military from 1976 to 1983. She left Argentina for the U.S. in 1979.


In 1984, a forensic anthropology team was established under the new government in Argentina to supply evidence of violations of human rights carried out against civilian populations. The team utilized the rigorous methods of traditional archaeology to examine, document, and publicly expose mass burial graves. Returning to Argentina to work in collaboration with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (AFAT) - a team that included her sister, Patricia, one of the founding members of AFAT - Bernardi learned the meticulous scientific methods of handling human remains. AFAT have conducted exhumations of mass graves all over the world and have reported their findings to the United Nations. Bernardi joined the AFAT in investigations of human rights violations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, and Ethiopia. Part of Bernardi’s responsibilities included the creation of the archeological maps and transcribing the testimonies of families of the “disappeared ones.” From here, Bernardi realized the full import of how art could be used to educate, elucidate, and articulate the communal memories of survivors of human rights atrocities.


Bernardi was awarded in 2004 an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, by the College of Wooster, Ohio. Bernardi received an MFA from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and an MA and her second MFA from the University of California at Berkeley.

She has taught at the Universidad del Salvador, Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, California College of the Arts, Mills College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She was a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence from 1990-1993 and 1994-1995 for the Artist in the Community project directed to the population of political refugees and survivors of torture from Latin America and was an East Bay Community Foundation Art Project Artist-in-Residence in 1993-1994.


She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally: The International World Peace Center in Hiroshima, The Centre for Building Peace, Donegal, Northern Ireland; DAH Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro; The University of Haifa, Israel. Locally at the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Lux Gallery, MACLA, Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley, Thatcher Gallery at University of San Francisco, Artist’s Forum, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Carl Gorman Museum at U.C. Davis, and Berkeley Art Center.


She was the subject of a 2000 documentary directed by Penelope Price Pasa un Angel/An Angel Passes, which screened at New York’s Margaret Mead Film Festival and at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Spire Award for Best Art Film. In 2004, film director Penelope Price, created another documentary about the life and art of Claudia Bernardi called “Artists of Resistance”, which is now touring the film festivals nationally and internationally.


Bernardi is the recent recipient of a prestigious Creative Work Fund award, to support the collaboration with choreographer Kimi Okada of the ODC Dance Company to create “Flight to Ixcan,” a performance exploring personal loss in the context of the rash of political deaths occurring in Central and South America in the 1970s. In 2004, Bernardi has been awarded a Potrero Nuevo Fund Grant to support her project to create an Art School/ Open Studio in Perquin, a rural community in post war El Salvador.


Bernardi is the creator and director of the school as well as the visionary of this new model of art in communities. In March of 2005 the School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin started to operate in Morazán, Northern El Salvador, serving children, youth, adults and the elderly. The approach of this unprecedented art initiative is rooted in the partnership created between art, artists and local institutions and NGOs. The art projects created and culminated in this first year of the School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin were created in response to the demands, hopes and desires of the members of the community.


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Please go to the Artist of Resistance IMDb page for information about the documentary film about Claudia's work in El Salvador. Artist of Resistance was was written, directed, and produced by MAP Graduate Advisor, Dr. Penelope Price. The film is also available for viewing through the Prescott College Library.

2006, William Kittredge


William Kittredge became a major cultural voice with his 1987 collection of essays Owning It All, which mapped the emotional terrain of the modern West. His memoir, Hole In The Sky, was marked by questionings, qualifications, and wonderings. His task was introspection, the examined life, a cutting away of rationalizations, self-dissection. He explained from the outset that his was a memoir of failure. The book describes his childhood and youth farming in the Warner Valley of southeastern Oregon, up to the point when he is thrust out of that isolated insular Eden.


In his book of short stories We Are Not In This Together, and book of essays Who Owns The West?, Kittredge pursued and dismantled the Western moral code that emphasized independence, hierarchy, private ownership, and resource exploitation. Kittredge’s The Nature of Generosity, published by Knopf in December 2000, is a wide-ranging inquiry. He ponders how to create physical and spiritual sustainability of all creatures. He touches on the cave-paintings at Lacaus, France, the World Bank, Twelfth Century Italian mosaics, and the life of Frederico Garcia Lorca. The goal is to reconcile the needs of people with the needs of places and creatures. The Nature of Generosity, Kittredge says, "proceeds more like a dance than an argument."


Bill Kittredge grew up on a cattle ranch in southeastern Oregon, farmed until he was 35, studied in the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, and became the Regents Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Montana until he retired in the spring of 1997.


Kittredge has held a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford (1973-74), received two Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1974, 1982), and two Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Awards for Excellence (1984, 1987). He was winner of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts (1986), co-winner of the Montana Committee for the Humanities Award for Humanist of the Year (1989), and winner of the PEN West Award for non-fiction book of the year (1992). He was co-winner of the Neil Simon Award from American Playhouse for his work on the script for Heartland, coeditor of The Last Best Place: a Montana Anthology, and co-producer of the film A River Runs Through It. In June, 1993, he was elected to the American Academy of Achievement, and in October of 1994, he was a co-winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities' prize for service to the humanities.

Kittredge has published in more than fifty magazines and newspapers. He co-authored the nine novels in the Cord series of Westerns, published short fiction in two collections, The Van Gogh Field and Other Stories and We Are Not In This Together, and published two collections of essays, Owning It All and Who Owns the West. With Annick Smith, he edited The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology.

2006, George Lipsitz


Dr. George Lipsitz is Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger (2001), The Possessive Investment in Whiteness (1998), A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition (1995), Dangerous Crossroads (1994), Rainbow At Midnight (1994), Sidewalks Of St. Louis (1991), and Time Passages (1990). Lipsitz edits the Critical American Studies series at the University of Minnesota Press and serves as co-editor of the American Crossroads series at the University of California Press. He has been active in struggles for fair housing, educational equity, and environmental justice.

2006, Anna Marie Carter


Anna Marie Carter a.k.a. “The Seed Lady of Watts,” is founder and CEO of the Watts Garden Club.


My name is Anna Marie Carter, but I am also known as “The Seed Lady” of Watts. I am a certified Master Gardener through the University of California. I practice direct action by building free, organic gardens for people who suffer from HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and other illnesses. My advocacy takes me to drug/alcohol/mental health facilities, community centers, schools, inside of housing projects, and to shelters that house women who are returning to our community from prison. I teach people how to grow their own food, organically. But that is not all I teach them.


The environment in Watts is toxic. We are told not to drink the water. The air is polluted, and there is not much rain. Multi-generational gangs, multiple drug usage, carnal value systems resulting from being institutionalized by the welfare system for generations, and low morality all add up to no self-esteem, depression, overcrowding, crime, and escapism through unprotected sex and drugs. Where there seems like there is no hope, there is no reason to be happy or to act decently or to dream.


External forces dictate here. I have yet to meet a drug addict who harvests his own drugs. There are no coca plants or poppies growing here. All this madness is imported by the tons to this community—daily!


I had an organic vegetables, seeds, and plants store many years ago on Crenshaw Boulevard. The health of the community is further jeopardized by the lack of real food. The food available in South Central Los Angeles is genetically engineered, pesticide-laden, hybridized, and irradiated. The majority of people here eat food that is bagged, bottled, canned, boxed, or frozen. A majority of this food comes from South America and Mexico through free trade agreements. We do not even get food grown in California. DDT is still widely used in Latin America. There is no access to whole foods here. The highly processed food and low-quality meats affect the health, both physical and mental, of everyone here.


After I graduated as a Master Gardener, I began my internship at the former Watts Family Garden. We lost the battle to save the garden from sale, so I took my newly formed garden club into the city of Los Angeles’ recreation center inside the Jordan Downs Housing Projects. Here we taught a class called the “Value of a Seed,” taking the children to the gardens and planting the ingredients that go into pesto, salsa, coleslaw, and other products.


With the help of donations to the Watts Garden Club, we bought our own center in the heart of Watts in 2002. At the Club, we have our own Community Supported Agriculture project (CSA), which provides fresh farm produce to the invisible populations here, and we operate our own produce stand and farmers’ market. We train youth in agricultural entrepreneurship (which include classes in manners, grooming, hospitality, and vendor education). We also hold anti-drug/gang rallies, HIV support groups, and holistic workshops. We involve the community in garden construction, and we network with other low-income communities of color.


We also offer think tank sessions at the Garden Club. Here we plant the seeds of change, knowledge, and remembrance by facing our history and tasting the bitterness of slavery, oppression, injustice, and self-hatred. We take these emotions, bond with each other like never before, and then, fast-forwarding to the 21st century, we take a full assessment of where we stand today, here in Watts, California. We are networking and forming alliances to initiate direct action to expedite change.


If you look at history, you can see it takes only one person to change an environment—one person who takes a stand, an advocacy, an action. It takes only one person to change the entire world. Once upon a time we were taught here in Watts “Power to the People.” I have lived through that to tell you what I know for sure, and that is People are the Power. And it only takes one—you!


Find your true path by preserving your health and your environment. Eat organically and do not smoke. It does not matter how pretty you are, where you live, how many degrees you have, or what you drive, if you don’t start saving this planet, soon you won’t have anywhere to live.


I am currently writing a book called The Lady and the Hoe!

2007, Nancy Jack Todd


Nancy Jack Todd has been active in the environmental movement for more than twenty-five years.  She was a co-founder of the New Alchemy Institute where she edited  the Journals of the New Alchemists.  In addition to her present work at Ocean Arks International, she is the author or co-author of several books, and has contributed to a number of environmental journals and anthologies.

2007, Beverly Wright


Dr. Beverly Wright is a professor of Sociology and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). For more than a decade, she has been a leading scholar, advocate, and activist in the environmental justice arena. She has created a unique center formerly at Xavier University currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, the area commonly referred to as Cancer Alley.


Dr. Wright provided valuable input into President Clinton's Environmental Justice Transition paper. For her work, she was called to the White House on February 11, 1994, to witness the signing of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice. On April 12, 1994, she was named to the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).


She served as chair of the Second National People of Color Leadership Summit and is the co-chair of the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative. Dr. Wright was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. She was recently awarded the “Robert Wood Johnson” community health leadership award. She continues to serve as a strong voice of the grassroots environmental justice movement.


Dr. Wright has conducted groundbreaking and significant research in the area of environmental justice and developed a curriculum for use at the elementary school level that is used by the New Orleans Public Schools. She manages Hazardous Waste Worker Training Programs the embrace a work-based curriculum and a holistic approach to learning for young men and women living near Superfund and Brownfield sites resulting in their employment.

On January 11, 1995, Dr. Wright was appointed to the Corps of Engineers’ Environmental Advisory Board and served on the City of New Orleans/Mayor’s Office Environmental Affairs’ Brownfields Consortium. She presently serves on the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights for the State of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans’ Select Committee for the Sewerage and Water Board. She served as Chair of the Second National People of Color Leadership Summit and is the Co-Chair of the Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative. Dr Wright continues to serve as a strong voice of the grassroots environmental justice movement.

2007, Cherrie Moraga


Cherríe Moraga is a poet, playwright and essayist, and the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. She is the author of numerous plays including "Shadow of a Man" and "Watsonville: Some Place Not Here," (both won the Fund for New American Plays Award in 1991 and 1995, respectively) and "Heroes and Saints," which earned the Pen West Award for Drama in 1992. Her plays have been anthologized in numerous collections and are also published in a three-volume series of collected works published by West End Press of Albuquerque, New Mexico, including The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea. Her collected non-fiction writings include: The Last Generation (South End Press); a memoir, Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood (Firebrand Books); and, a new expanded edition of the now classic, Loving in the War Years, republished by South End Press in 2000. Ms. Moraga is also a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' Theatre Playwrights' Fellowship and is the Artist-in-Residence in the Departments of Drama and Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University.



Cherrie Moraga Website

2007, Stephen Kellert


Stephen R. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on understanding the connection between human and natural systems with a particular interest in the value and conservation of nature and designing ways to harmonize the natural and human built environments. His awards include the Outstanding Research Award for contributions to theory and science (2005, North American Association for Environmental Education); National Conservation Achievement Award (1997, National Wildlife Federation); Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (1990, Society for Conservation Biology); Best Publication of Year Award (1985, International Foundation for Environmental Conservation); Special Achievement Award (NWF, 1983); and being listed in “American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present.” He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been a member of the board of directors of many organizations.


Kellert has authored more than 150 publications, including the following books: Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection (Island Press 2005); Kinship to Mastery: Biophilia in Human Evolution and Development (Island Press, 1997); The Value of Life: Biological Diversity and Human Society (Island Press, 1996); The Biophilia Hypothesis (edited with E.O. Wilson, Island Press, 1993); The Good in Nature and Humanity: Connecting Science, Religion, and Spirituality with the Natural World (edited with T. Farnham, Island Press, 2002); Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural, and Evolutionary Foundations (with P. Kahn, Jr., MIT Press, 2002); and Ecology, Economics, Ethics: The Broken Circle (edited with F.H. Bormann, Yale University Press, 1991). A new book, Biophilic Design: Theory, Science, and Practice, co-edited with J. Heerwagen and M. Mador, will be published in 2007.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Understanding and Designing Connections to Nature innHuman Health and Wellbeing”

This talk will assert an inherent human need to affiliate with nature as an essential component of health, productivity, maturation, and wellbeing. This biologically-based need is referred to as, ‘biophila’, a ‘weak’ genetic tendency to attach value to the natural world that continues to be critical in human physical, mental, and moral development. Despite the capacity for lifelong learning, the most important period for the maturation of any inherent tendency is childhood and, thus, contact with nature during this period is especially critical. Unfortunately, a common characteristic of contemporary especially urban society has been a significant decline in the quality and quantity of direct contact with natural process and diversity. Among youth, this decline has been called ‘nature-deficit disorder’. The modern decline in contact between people, especially children, and natural systems is viewed as a design flaw not an intrinsic failure of contemporary life. This design deficiency can be remedied through an approach called ‘restorative environmental design’, combining both low environmental impact and biophilic design strategies.

2008, Gary Ferguson


Author Gary Ferguson first answered the call to adventure at age 12, loading up his purple sting-ray bike with camping gear and riding with his brother across the central Midwest. By age 18 bicycles had given way to boxcars and backpacks, as he made his way across North America by rail and by thumb - more often than not, heading west, and heading for mountains.

Gary Ferguson began writing full-time at age 25. Since that time he has written hundreds of articles for national magazines including Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal, Field & Stream, and Outside, and he’s the award-winning author of 15 books on nature and science. He is also a regular contributor to the book division of National Geographic. Gary’s goal as a writer is to chronicle the impact of the natural world on human lives. His critically acclaimed 2003 title, Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, profiles crucial environmental issues in the most remote place in the lower 48, and is the winner of both the 2004 Pacific Northwest Literary Award and the 2004 Mountains and Plains Nonfiction Award. Through the Woods: A Journey Through America's Forests, was a starred selection in Kirkus Review, as well as a winner of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Awards. Spirits of the Wild: The World's Great Nature Myths, was selected by the New York City Public Library as one of the best books of 1996. Gary has been featured on NPR’s Living on Earth, and his nature-related essays, as well as interviews, have been heard on NPR affiliates across the country.


Ferguson believes that strong writing grows out of strong experience. Hence, Gary has hiked and skied thousands of miles through high deserts and forests, canoed countless miles of wild rivers, and explored some of the remotest corners of the earth. He trekked 500 miles through Yellowstone to write Walking Down the Wild, spent a year in the backcountry following the first 14 wolves released into Yellowstone National Park for The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year, and bicycled with his wife Jane from Canada to Mexico for his very first published book, Freewheeling. "What I'm looking for," he says, "what I'm celebrating, is the power of story. Tales of people finding their voices. Of life outside the box. And always, stories of the tracks nature leaves in the human heart."

In addition to a busy writing schedule, Gary somehow finds the time to be regularly on the road speaking, teaching at universities, and sharing his love of writing at writers’ workshops. The book he is currently working on is a biography of the ideas of the late John Ripley Forbes, a remarkable conservationist who was responsible for starting many of the country’s children’s museums as well as “semi-wilderness” preserves in metropolitan Atlanta – work that remains today at the cutting edge of urban space planning.


Selected Books:

  • The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind (2005, W.W. Norton)
  • Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone (2005, Montana Book of the Year – Lyon's Press)
  • Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone (2005, National Geographic)
  • The Worlds Great Nature Myths (1996, Crown Publishing)
  • Shouting at the Sky (1999, St. Martin's Press)
  • Through the Woods (1998, St. Martin's Press)
  • Walking Down the Wild (1993, Simon & Schuster)
  • The Sylvan Path (1997, St. Martin's Press)


Saturday, February 9, 2008 

The Land Within: Wilderness and American Identity

Few aspects of our culture offer more striking clues about who we are as a people than our relationship with wild places. It was in America, after all, where pundits of the 18th Century predicted we would produce more writers, artists and musicians than anywhere in the world - simply because we spent so much time rubbing elbows with the woods. It was here that preachers from Boston and New York roamed the outback of Maine, gathering inspiration for their Sunday sermons; here that in 1913 a middle-aged artist became a major celebrity, touring Vaudeville with for two years with top billing, after having stripped down to his underwear to live for two months as a wild man in the North Woods. This presentation chronicles the inspiring, humorous, and often passionate history of Americans coming to understand themselves through nature. In addition, it addresses the critical issue of how we might re-ignite our relationship to the land underfoot, embracing yet again the value of wild places.

2008, Barbara Smith


Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.  She was among the first to define an African American women’s literary tradition and to build Black women’s studies and Black feminism in the United States.  She has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s.


She has edited three major collections about Black women: Conditions: Five, The Black Women’s Issue (with Lorraine Bethel, 1979); All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies (with Gloria T. Hull and Patricia Bell Scott, 1982); and Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, 1983. She is also the co-author with Elly Bulkin and Minnie Bruce Pratt of Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism, 1984.  She is the general editor of The Reader’s Companion to U. S. Women’s History with Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, and Gloria Steinem, 1998. A collection of her essays, The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom was published by Rutgers University Press in 1998. 


She was cofounder and publisher until 1995 of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U. S. publisher for women of color. She resides in Albany, New York and in November, 2005 was elected to the Common Council.



2005 -- Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

2000 -- Church Women United Human Rights Award.

2000 -- Essence Magazine, Profiled in lead feature article honoring Black women leaders for the special thirtieth anniversary issue.

1999 -- Albany Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Arts Award.

1998 -- The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom, Honorable Mention, Gustavus Myers Human Rights Book Award.

1996-1997 -- Fellow, Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.

1995-1996 -- Scholar-in-Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Black Feminism: My Next Chapter. 

This presentation examines the experience of taking decades of organizing in progressive movements for social change into the arena of holding elected office as a member of the Albany Common Council since 2006. Smith will address such questions as: Why did it seem an appropriate next step? What are the differences and commonalities between movement organizing and community organizing in a poor, predominantly people of color neighborhood? How is Black feminism useful in defining priorities in this new context? The presentation will also look at priorities for collective activism in the current political context.

2008, David Schlosberg


Dr. Schlosberg's general interests are in environmental politics and political theory. His research in political theory deals with issues of pluralization, difference, justice, and discursive democracy in contemporary theory and political life. His environmental research focuses mainly on environmental democracy and public participation, environmental justice, web-based participation in environmental rulemaking, and deliberative public participation in the planning of forest management.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Defining Environmental Justice

The basic task of this talk is to explore what, exactly, is meant by ‘justice’ in discussions of environmental and ecological justice.  David will examine how the term is used in both self-described environmental justice movements and in theories of environmental and ecological justice. The focus is on the definition of environmental justice as articulated by community groups. While noting the importance of often discussed concepts of equity and participation, many movement groups articulate their concerns in terms of a lack of recognition in both the political and social realms, and organize to preserve and defend the capabilities of both individuals and communities to design and live fully functioning lives. Dr. Schlosberg refers to a number of different issues in the domestic and global EJ movements, including indigenous environmental justice, climate justice, and food security. Given this diversity of definitions of justice, I discuss implications for both the political strategy of environmental justice movements and innovations in justice theory.


Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Role of Myth in Doing Justice to Nature: A Capabilities Approach.

We share a world with other creatures, have much in common with animals, have many types of relationships with them, and share many of the same features. It is plausible, then, and even urgent, to think that our relationships with animals ought to be regulated by a conception of justice. Martha Nussbaum has proposed an expansion of the capability approach to justice to include animals, but her proposal is limited in many important ways. Notions of functioning and capability could be even more useful than Nussbaum posits, when applied to considering doing justice not simply to individual animals, but to the natural world as a whole. Capabilities include what is necessary for functioning and flourishing of human and non-human alike; they address the integral aspects of the living process. This workshop will examine Nussbaum’s theory of animal justice in detail, cover numerous critiques of her approach, and discuss the expansion of the conception of functioning, and social reproduction, to living systems. A broader idea of the functioning of both individuals and systems is central to the development of a conception of ecological justice that includes not just individual animals, but natural communities as well.

2008, Jean Kilbourne


Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. Her films, slide lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses.

Her book, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, was called by Publishers Weekly “a profound work that is required reading for informed consumers.” It won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology.

The award-winning films based on her lectures include Killing Us Softly, Spin the Bottle, and Slim Hopes. She has been interviewed by many magazines and newspapers, and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including The Today Show, On the Record with Bob Costas, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Kilbourne has served as an advisor to the Surgeon General and has testified for the U.S. Congress. She is a Visiting Scholar at Wellesley College. She has received many awards, including the Lecturer of the Year award from the National Association for Campus Activities. The presenter of an award from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said, “No one in the world has done more to improve the image of women in the media than Jean Kilbourne.”

For more information on Dr. Kilbourne's work, please check her website:


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Deadly Persuasion: Advertising & Addiction

Addiction is arguably the number one public health problem in our country, one that affects all of us. This presentation exposes the manipulative marketing strategies and tactics used by the alcohol and tobacco industries to keep people hooked on their dangerous products. Jean Kilbourne presents a compelling argument that these cynical industries have a clear and deep understanding of the psychology of addiction - an understanding they exploit to create and feed a life-threatening dependency on their products. She also educates the audience about targeting and the primary purpose of the mass media, which is to deliver audiences to advertisers. In addition, she demonstrates how the objectification of women and the obsession with thinness are related to addiction.

2009, Katie Lee


Katie Lee has emerged as one of the Southwest's most outspoken environmental activists. Like David Brower and Ed Abbey, Katie has taken up the torch they left burning when they died to sing, write, and lecture about the importance of preserving and restoring wilderness refuges; the lonesome characters the West still breeds; and the histories of ancient races embedded in its sinuous sandstone canyons. Today, her unwavering commitment to her principles and feisty eloquence are primarily directed at draining Powell Reservoir and letting the Colorado River once again run wild. 

According to the late Ellen Meloy, author of Raven's Exile, in her foreword to Katie Lee's third book, Sandstone Seduction, Katie is "Outrageous,mischievous, and never shy about calling a shithead a shithead, Lee is a woman so far ahead of her time, we are still catching up. She writes with fists and flesh to the wall, rendering an acid hatred for the canyon's destroyers and a near perfect sense of the deep pleasure that comes when a few companions float downriver and share beauty by instinct rather than conversation." 

Now in her upper-eighties, Katie has had an eclectic and wild-riding career. A native Arizonan, Katie Lee began her professional career in 1948 as  stage and screen actress. She performed in motion pictures in Hollywood, had running parts on four major NBC radio shows. In the mid-50's she left Hollywood to spend 10 years as a performer in coffeehouses and cabarets throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, singing folksongs to her own guitar.


Katie's first book, Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle, A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse, takes the reader on a tour of the West and its people as the author tells the process of her rediscovery of the sources of the cowboy's music. Ed Abbey said of this book: "A beautiful job...exact, comprehensive and witty. Should remain a basic history of the subject for many years to come."


In conjunction with the book, Katie made an award-winning television documentary, The Last Wagon, which celebrated the lives of Gail Gardner and Billy Simon, Arizona's cowboy legends. The film won the 1972 Cine Golden Eagle Award. She also released several recordings of cowboy songs for her own label, Katydid Books and Music.


Katie Lee's published her second book, All My Rivers Are Gone, in 1999 with Johnson Books in Boulder Colorado. The book brings Glen Canyon back to life as she tells about her journeys down the Colorado River with a few close friends. It was republished in 2006 by Fretwater Press, Arizona under the new title Glen Canyon Betrayed - A Sensuous Elegy. This new publication features a foreword by Terry Tempest Williams.


Just as the Sierras were John Muir's refuge, Glen Canyon was Katie's. For more than a decade she regularly ran, guided, photographed and explored the canyon; knew the river guides and characters that roamed there; and named many of its side canyons. In 1953 she was the 175th person to run the Grand Canyon after John Wesley Powell's first run in 1869, and the third woman to run all rapids in Grand Canyon.  Ten years later, despite Lee's and other's protests against the Glen's destruction, Glen Canyon Dam was completed-190 miles of Glen Canyon and Colorado River drowned beneath Powell reservoir; leaving a truncated Grand Canyon to shift for itself with intermittent flows of ice water. A river no more!

Her anger over the "political damning of an Eden unequaled," became the driving force that turned her into an environmental activist and agitator.  Katie says of her early activist efforts: "Our efforts, with meager numbers and unschooled politics, were like trying to put out a wildfire with a teacup." 

Sandstone Seduction, her third book, is a collection of essays about growing up in the laid back town of Tucson with her cowboy buddies and Mexican border friends; about life as a Hollywood actress; wilderness river explorer and guide; of adventures in Baja California, Mexico, Alaska and Jerome, Arizona - where she has lived since 1971.


Her current offering is a DVD, Love Song to Glen Canyon. The DVD features Katie talking and singing about Glen Canyon against the background of 140 color photographs that she took on her river journeys through the canyon in the fifties and sixties, before this beautiful canyon was drowned.

Katie serves on the Advisory Board of the Glen Canyon Institute, a nonprofit organization that advocates the draining of Powell Reservoir and restoring the natural ecosystem, health and beauty of the Colorado River through a truncated Grand Canyon. In the past few years she has been featured often in radio interviews and television and movie documentaries.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Confessions of a Sandstone Junkie

Beginning with a few words in memory of Pete Lavigne (MAP ES Chair, 7/2009 – 11/2009), Katie will follow with an introduction to, and viewing of he DVD Love Song to Glen Canyon. Katie will follow this with a reading of “Sandstone Seduction” (from the book of the same name). There will be a Q&A to round out the evening.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Many Faces of Activism 

Katie will lead a dialogue on various topics: some letters, some songs, stories of deeds, ideas for action or non-action; writings, donations of time, money, goods, and the price you pay for what you’ve done, or haven’t done.

2009, Jack Loeffler


Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist who was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1936.  He grew up in Ohio and Connecticut, and studied music at Westminster College in Pennsylvania. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Loeffler was a jazz trumpeter who performed throughout the United States generally with jazz quintets.  From 1956 to 1958, he served in the U.S. Army as a musician in the 433rd Army Band performing for military functions in southern California, or at atomic bomb tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds.


After moving to New Mexico in 1962, he spent several seasons as a fire lookout on Carracas Mesa overlooking the San Juan River watershed.  In 1967, he took a curatorial position with the Museum of International Folk Art, and later with the Center for Arts of Indian America where he both curated the Navajo Traveling Exhibition throughout the Navajo Nation, and conducted field research among Huichol and Tarahumara Indians in the Sierra Madre Occidental of western Mexico.


In early 1970, he founded both the Central Clearing House and Black Mesa Defense Fund, environmental organizations committed to environmental activism, and preservation of indigenous culture within the context of native habitat.  He has continued his fieldwork with indigenous and traditional cultures throughout the American West, Mexico and the Cook Islands recording music and lore. He has supported himself either with funding acquired through grants for his own projects, or by conducting projects for institutions including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, National Public Radio, the Museum of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, the Western Folklife Center, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Arizona Humanities Council, and others.


He has conducted field research among the Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Tewa, Keresan, Zuni, Chiricahua Apache, Tohono O’odham, Nez Perce, Yaqui, Seri, Huichol, Tarahumara, Mayan, and California Indians; and Hispano, Basque, and Anglo-ranch cultures.  He has conducted hundreds of field recording sessions of music, interviews, and the sounds of natural habitats throughout the southwestern quadrant of North America.  His traditional music archive contains over 3,500 songs recorded on location to broadcast standards.


Loeffler has recorded hundreds of chamber music, orchestral, and choral concerts ranging in repertoires from medieval to modern times.  He has conducted dozens of recording sessions that have resulted in LP record, cassette and CD albums. He has either produced or otherwise recorded, written and narrated over 50 soundtracks for documentary films, videos and museum exhibitions.


He has produced nearly 300 thirty-minute documentary radio programs including:

La Musica de los Viejitos, a 149-part series focusing on the traditional Hispano folk music of the Río Grande del Norte;

Southwest Sound Collage,  a 78-part series presenting excerpted interviews with writers, scientists, thinkers, and Salt-of-the-Earth folks reflecting on life and times around  the millennial boundary, and folk and chamber music recorded throughout the American West;

The Spirit of Place, a 13-part series addressing the relationship of indigenous cultures to their respective habitats west of the hundredth meridian;

St. John’s College Presents, a 40-part series presenting chamber music recorded in concert at St. John’s College in Santa Fe;

Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West, a 6-part series focusing on the Colorado River watershed;

Music as a Symbol of American Pluralism and Identity, a 4-part series featuring Hispano, Native American, Afro-American, and eclectic musicological points of view;

Navajo Relocation, a 3-part series addressing the debacle wrought by the U.S. Government resulting in relocation of 10,000 Navajo people from their traditional homeland;

Bullets with Names, a documentary program focusing on youth gun violence.


Loeffler’s radio programs have been aired regionally, nationally and internationally. Many of his programs have been distributed nationally via the NPR satellite by KUNM Community Public Radio in Albuquerque, NM, and by Pacifica Radio Archive in Los Angeles, CA.

He has also written dozens essays and articles that have appeared in books and magazines. 

His own books include:

Healing the West: Voices of Culture and Habitat, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2008.

Survival Along the Continental Divide, UNM Press, 2008.

Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey, UNM Press, 2002.

La Musica de los Viejitos: The Hispano Folk Music of the Río Grande del Norte, UNM Press, 1999.

Headed Upstream: Interviews with Iconoclasts, Harbinger House, 1989.

Cultural Corridors of Pima County, with Elaine Thatcher, Tucson-Pima Arts Council, 2003.

Tesoros del Espiritu: A Portrait in Sound of Hispanic New Mexico, with Enrique Lamadrid, El Norte/Academia, 1994.


He has recently completed a 4-year project funded by a grant awarded by the Ford Foundation that funds his continued field research throughout the American West and northwestern Mexico addressing the relationship of cultural diversity to biodiversity.  This grant has resulted in a new 15-part radio series entitled The Lore of the Land (with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and book entitled Healing the West: Voices of Culture and Habitat. Another component has resulted in the digitization of his aural history archive to be donated to the Palace of the Governors History Museum of New Mexico. A final component of this project (with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts) is Loeffler’s training of Native Americans from Tewa, Navajo, Hopi, Tohono O’odham, and Seri native cultures in the practice of aural history documentation and sound collage production.  The entire project was completed in June, 2007.  The radio series was nationally distributed via NPR satellite and Public Radio Exchange (PRX).


Loeffler has recently completed yet another book entitled Survival Along the Continental Divide: An Anthology of Interviews that focuses on boundaries around cultures-in-landscape, as well as elements of Roosevelt’s New Deal that occurred in New Mexico during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council, and will be published by UNM Press in the spring of 2008.


His most recent productions include a 3-CD sound collage entitled Portrait in Sound of an Ancient Road: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a project funded by the Bureau of Land Management, and a 13-part documentary radio series that concerns cultural elements of the American Southwest entitledSouthwest Sound Collage VII, funded by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

He recently completed producing the in-depth research audio component for the Camino Real International Heritage Center opened in 2006 located near Socorro, New Mexico.

For eight years, he has co-produced with Enrique Lamadrid the annual Nuestra Musica Hispano Folk Music Concert, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in conjunction with the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.


He is frequently invited to lecture about environmental activism, music as a cultural mnemonic device, and acoustic ecology.


His current projects include production of the audio component for the inaugural exhibition for the Palace of the Governors History Museum, and a research/digital production project concerning 19th century forts in the New Mexico Territory funded by the Bureau of Land Management..   He has recently received a two-year grant from the Christensen Fund to produce another 13-part documentary radio series and another book, both of which focus on watershed consciousness.  He is Project Director for The Lore of the Land, Inc., a tax-exempt 501-c-3 organization bequeathed to him by his great friend, Mrs. Stewart (Lee) Udall.


He is a recipient of the 2008 New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for aural history and writing.

Loeffler has long been an advocate of bioregional or watershed-thinking, and decentralization as necessary alternatives to current ge

opolitical thinking. His work addresses the importance of bio-mythic and geo-mythic perspectives among indigenous peoples, and the lens of mythic perspective as a means of maintaining a healthy intuitive cultural understanding of life on the planet. He is involved in collaborative efforts with bio-scientists and indigenous culture bearers in preservation of lore vital to human understanding of home habitat.  He has been deeply involved in what is now known as the counter-culture movement since 1957 when he first witnessed the detonation of an atomic bomb from a vantage point seven miles from hypocenter while playing “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”


He has maintained his own sound collage production studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1967. His wife, Katherine Loeffler is a nationally recognized book-binder and paper marbler. Their daughter, Celestia Peregrina recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. The Loefflers live in their adobe home on twelve acres about fifteen miles southeast of Santa Fe.



Saturday, May 9, 2009 

Thinking Like a Watershed: A Synthesis of Philosophy, Myth, Science, and Grassroots Activism. 

Jack will address the necessity for expanding our cultural purview far beyond the current economically dominated paradigm, and will refer to decentralist thinkers including Edward Abbey, Gary Snyder, and Lao-tzu to forward a possible point of view commensurate with living in balance with the flow of Nature. He will also speak of geo-mythic mapping as practiced by cultures indigenous to the American Southwest as a means of spiritually affiliating with homeland. Jack will use biogeography as an example of practical science. He will illustrate his remarks by playing excerpts from interviews with Abbey, Snyder, some of his brilliant Native American friends, and bio-geographers Melissa Savage and Dave Hafner, and others as they come to mind. Jack will attempt to convey how “thinking like a watershed” is a splendid metaphor for re-arranging our mental co-ordinates as we attempt to follow the truth no matter where it leads, and apply what we learn to how we comport ourselves both collectively and as individuals.  Note: He couldn’t find a wireless microphone powerful enough to conduct a posthumous interview with Lao-Tzu.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Practice of Aural History. 

The practice of aural history has been a major factor in my quest to understand the relationship of cultures to respective habitats. Listening is possibly the most deeply penetrating of the five senses. For this workshop, Jack would like to demonstrate how he records for posterity, how he uses recordings for sound collages and radio programs, and how he incorporates transcribed excerpts from recorded interviews into his books and CDs. 



Lore of the Land Website

2009, Sergio Avila-Villegas


Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program


Born in Mexico City, Sergio grew up in Zacatecas, a small colonial town of the Mexican central plateau. He received a bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Aguascalientes in 1997 and a Master in Sciences degree from University of Baja California in 2000. Sergio has an interest on predator research and conservation, and has worked in northern Mexico for over 10 years as a wildlife professional, participating in research projects on jaguars, pumas, ocelots, rattlesnakes, California sea lions, river otters, sea birds and pygmy-owls. Currently working at Sky Island Alliance, Avila-Villegas is the coordinator of the Northern Mexico Conservation Program, aimed to study and preserve large tracks of private lands in northern Sonora. Sergio lives in Tucson, Arizona since 2004.


Saturday, August 22, 2009 

The Real Costs of the US/Mexico Border Wall

Sergio will address the diverse costs of the border wall, in addition to its high price tag. We will review the unique life of the Arizona/Sonora border region, its rare wildlife, scenic landscapes and importance as a continental ecological bridge. The presentation will include “Wild vs. Wall”, a Sierra Club film (20-min) that covers the ecological effects and legal implications of current border enforcement and infrastructure in the four states that share boundaries with Mexico.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

NIMBY: Attitudes towards Border Infrastructure and the Environment

Through hands-on activities, we will explore some of the diverse opinions about the border wall, from public officials to non-government groups to the academia, and how those perspectives can ultimately impact the environment. Attendants will discuss a mix of opinions and will develop real-life actions to create positive change towards border environmental concerns at local, state and national levels.


2009, Jennifer Allen


Master of Arts Program


Jennifer Allen is the founding Executive Director of the Border Action Network, a human rights community organization that works with immigrant and border communities in Arizona. For the last ten years, Jennifer has been working for Border Action to build the capacity of immigrant families to become better prepared, organized and effective at promoting human rights and advocating for policy change. Since the age of 15, Jennifer has been an activist and community organizer working for social and environmental justice. She received a BA in Anthropology and Certificate in Social Change from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995. She has written and contributed to dozens of reports, essays and other publications including a forthcoming undergraduate reader on human rights. She has been on the board of directors and advisory boards of many state and national projects and organizations and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.


Saturday, November 21, 2009 

From the Border to the Halls of Congress: Immigrant Organizing for Human Rights in Arizona

 In spite of-and because of-the intensive anti-immigrant climate in Arizona and harsh enforcement policies on the US-Mexico border, immigrant families and border communities in Arizona are taking bold steps to get organized and to advocate for regional and national policy change that promotes reforming our failed immigration system and basic human rights. Border Action Network's all-volunteer Human Rights Committees and other members are looked to as a model of effective community organizing and bringing the voices, realities and demands of low-income immigrant and border communities directly to the negotiating tables in Washington, DC. Jennifer Allen, the founding Executive Director of Border Action Network, will discuss the state and national political climate for immigrant families, how communities have organized themselves to become effective policy advocates, and the prospects for changing immigration and border policy.


Sunday, November 22, 2009 

Building the Case for Reforming Immigration: How to Talk about Reforming Immigration and the US-Mexico Border

Immigration could likely be added to the list of things we're not supposed to talk about, along with sex, religion and politics. One side overly relies on stats and studies, the other side plays on fear. The general agreement from all sides of the issue is that current U.S. immigration and border policy has been a failure. This workshop is for people who want to be better able to articulate why we need to reform immigration and border policy and what a rational, humane policy would look like. We will look at examples of positive and negative messaging on immigration and enforcement and practice responding to common questions and concerns.


Border Action Network Website

2010, Dr. Brian O'Leary


We are very pleased to announce our keynote speaker for April. Brian O’Leary, Ph.D. is a scientist-philosopher with fifty years of experience in academic research, teaching and government service in frontier science and energy policy. He was a NASA scientist-astronaut during the Apollo program, the first to be selected for a planned Mars mission, and he participated in unmanned planetary missions as an Ivy League professor. Over the past four decades, Brian has been an international author, speaker, peace activist, founder of non-profits, and advisor to progressive U.S. Congress members and presidential candidates. His latest book, The Energy Solution Revolution, describes the enormous potential of breakthrough clean energy technologies, their suppression, and their logical necessity for our survival. In 2004, Brian and his wife, the artist Meredith Miller, moved to the Andes in Ecuador, where they co-created Montesueños —an eco-retreat and educational center dedicated to creativity and the rights of nature. Check out more information on Dr. O’Leary on his website.


Saturday, April 24, 2010  

Re-Inheriting the Earth: Awakening to Sustainable Solutions and Greater Truths:

Physical and Ecological Action Steps: become aware of the situation and be willing to look at solutions; develop nonpolluting energy; preserve, restore, and sustain the biosphere, and Social and Personal Action Steps: form a global green republic; clean up and enhance our personal ecologies; create and support a new science of consciousness; adopt a manifesto for sustainability; and overcome the insurmountable with compassion.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Energy Solution Revolution

A socio-political journey through the tangled world of free and clean energy; its promise, its suppression, and its logical necessity for our survival.

2010, Dr. Kristin Woolever


Dr. Woolever comes to Prescott College from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, where she served as Dean and Director of the Campus. Under her leadership, UNH Manchester has significantly expanded enrollments and programs in applied science, technology, and business—all based on a strong liberal arts foundation. She has forged new partnerships with the city and surrounding region which have expanded the university’s impact, and has championed the university’s increased outreach to the community.


Her experience spans a wide range of academic and administrative areas. Prior to coming to UNH Manchester, Woolever led the Antioch Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle in a reorganization that included the development of alternative course delivery models and innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate programs in environmental studies, management, organizational psychology, systems thinking, and strategic communication.


At Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., Woolever served in a number of positions between 1983 and 2000, including Director of Assessment, Interim Dean of Cooperative Education, Director of English Department Graduate Studies, and Acting Chair and Professor of English. While there, she co-founded and directed Northeastern’s Graduate Technical and Professional Writing Programs.


As a professional communications consultant, she has worked with local, national, and multi-national corporations in a wide variety of industries. She has also served as a Senior Fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education, where she directed the Communicating Science and Technology Project, a project that included participants from all six New England states.


Woolever earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English from Allegheny College. She has written seven books focused on professional communication and numerous articles on a range of topics related to writing and communication in business, engineering and law. When not in the office she can be found bicycling, kayaking, or planting roses.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Prescott College 2020:  Who Are We and Where Are We Going? 

Prescott College is entering an exciting time in its history.  With a new president and the initial development stages of a ten-year strategic plan, the College has a unique opportunity to build on its strengths and shape its future.  President Woolever will share her vision for the future and provide a forum for others to participate in this early visioning process.

2011, Kent Madin


Kent Madin is a 1975 Prescott College graduate, one of the "old campus" crowd. He majored in Outdoor Education with minors in Spanish and Buddhism.  He is one of the founders of Boojum Institute,, and with fellow Prescott alum Linda Svendsen, owner of Boojum Expeditions,  He was a partner in Baja Expeditions (San Diego and La Paz, BCS) and played a key role in the development of both sea kayaking and whale watching as "adventure travel" genres.  Boojum Expeditions is the first US based adventure outfitter to offer travel to Mongolia.  Linda and he live in Bozeman, Montana with a variety of animals, some more or less domesticated. In 2005 Kent was the second foreigner to receive the "Outstanding Worker in Tourism Development" award from the Mongolian government. In 2007 he was named Honorary Consul of Mongolia for the Northern Rockies.


At Prescott College he learned to love arid climates and appreciate the sanctity of clean water. In Baja and Mongolia he became intrigued with alternative approaches to sanitation for adventure travel "camps" and for sustainable reuse.  Along the way, he's learned that effective, dignified sanitation is fundamental to sustainable communities.


In the interim years has made a living traveling and guiding in countries without flush toilets.  For the last 16 years in Mongolia where Boojum Expeditions has several tourist camps, he's been tinkering with alternative designs for dry toilets.  He'll share his experiences and perspectives on the cultural and climatic challenges of alternative sanitation and where we, as a species, are going (pun intended).


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sanitation Futures:  Making Want of Waste

Birds do it, Bees do it and when humans, living in urban areas do it, it's an expensive and distasteful problem.  Sanitation, and all that it entails; the smell, the flies, the expense of sewers and treatment facilities has been a redolent problem for mankind forever.  In spite of all the quiet time man has had each day to ponder this issue, it remains intractable in much of the world.  Not as warm and fuzzy a subject as food or fresh water, sanitation is, nonetheless, the greatest challenge for true sustainability. 

2011, Jaimie Cloud


We are very pleased to be able to present Jaimie Cloud as our keynote  presenter for our May 2011 colloquium. You can read more about Jaimie at The Cloud Institute website and we will have her keynote and workshop information along with the complete colloquium schedule available on April 22, 2011.


Saturday, May 21, 2011 

How our Teaching Changes our Thinking, and How our Thinking Changes the World. 

We wouldn't need Education for Sustainability if there was no such thing as un-sustainable. Strangely, the current reality in which we find ourselves, is not the work of ignorant people. It is the work of extremely well educated people. (Orr) Since all systems are perfectly designed to get the results they get, we got what we educated for. In this presentation Jaimie Cloud will describe the thinking that drives unsustainable behavior--and that that The Cloud Institute believes will make it possible to create a healthy and sustainable future for us all. We will explore what it will take to educate for sustainability and what fields of study we need in order to do so.

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