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Chris Young <[log in to unmask]>
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Details on the "Call for Papers" for the 1999 ISHPSSB Meeting in Oaxaca,
Mexico will be announced soon!  In the meantime, here are a few other

Subject:  CFP: EAAS conference: "'Nature's Nation' Reconsidered"
Date:  Thu, 17 Sep 1998


APRIL 14-17, 2000, GRAZ, AUSTRIA

'Nature's Nation' Reconsidered: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder
to Ecological Crisis

Today's advanced understanding of nature calls for a drastic
re-conceptualization of traditional ideas about our relation to the
natural environment. At the beginning of a new millennium an adequate
understanding of 'nature' will be of utmost importance, and an
investigation into the dominant ideas and attitudes of a nation and
culture powerful enough to change that environment on a global scale
would seem highly appropriate. A host of historical, socio-political and
economical as well as cultural, literary, and psychological approaches
can be applied to the theme in an attempt to understand the place and
function of nature in American history (and the history of American
self-definition) as well as the current manifestations of a new interest
in nature in various areas of American culture and society. Lectures and
workshops could thus inquire into the powerful impact the idea of nature
had on American society and culture in the past, but also into the
creative ("utopian") potential it still has in contemporary
conceptualizations of alternative or different lives (and life styles).
They could explore the multitude of myths and concepts relating to
'nature' and 'America' (European and American projections, Jeffersonian
ideals and agrarian myths from the early republic to the New Deal, from
pastoral self-confinement to the dynamics of westward expansion),
conservation movements (the establishment of national parks and natural
museums), nature writing, the representation of nature in literature,
the arts, photography and film. They could also deal with Native
American natural religion and its echoes in contemporary mainstream and
(ethnic) counter-culture(s), with ecological movements in politics and
the arts, with eco-feminism; or with the various manifestations of
'artificial' nature in plastic or in cyberspace.

Proposals for parallel/dialogue lectures should be submitted to the EAAS
delegate of your national/regional American Studies Association, with
copies to the EAAS President, Heinz Ickstadt, by January 31, 1999.

Proposals for workshop topics (and organizers) should be submitted to
the EAAS delegate of your national/regional American Studies
Association, with copies to the EAAS Secretary, Walter Hölbling, by
January 31, 1999.

This Call for Papers and more recent information on the conference will
be available on the web site of the EAAS at:

For more information, contact:
Jaap Verheul
History Department
Utrecht University
Kromme Nieuwegracht 66
3512 HL Utrecht
The Netherlands
tel. +31 30 253 6034
fax. +31 30 253 6391
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Subject:  Announcement: Workshop on Education for Sustainability -
Second Nature

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 13:29:12 -0400
From: Stephen Layman <[log in to unmask]>

** apologies for cross-postings **

Further information is available on the Second Nature website < >.

                               SECOND NATURE
                    Regional Workshops & On-site Clinics

        Southeast Regional Workshop on Education for Sustainability
                             November 6-8, 1998
                     Heifer Ranch  Perryville, Arkansas

Second Nature invites you to attend our 1998 Southeast Regional Workshop
on Education for Sustainability.  The focus of this workshop is on
connecting curriculum development to campus sustainability initiatives.
Curriculum can be an effective leverage point for transforming colleges
and universities into an environment where students learn skills,
knowledge and values to live and work in an environmentally sustainable
and just manner.

 During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

 *  deepen your understanding of sustainability and the role of higher
    education in helping society become more sustainable
 *  learn about tools, techniques and resources to help you develop and
    implement sustainability activities on your campus
 *  gain perspective on how your efforts connect with work that is
    currently being done at your institution, in the region and in the
    larger Education for Sustainability movement
 *  make connections with colleagues from other institutions
 *  develop a plan of action for when you return to your institution

Workshop Format and Approach
This workshop will help you enhance your skills and knowledge in many
different areas of sustainability education.  In addition to the content
that is covered, the design of the workshop and specific exercises model
the processes that can facilitate promoting sustainability through
higher education.  Because we believe that there are no "experts" as yet
in the EFS movement, we create formal opportunities for you to share
successess and challenges that can help us move forward in our efforts.

The setting is also an important component of the regional workshop.  We
have selected a conference center that will enhance the overall learning
experience by allowing us to utilize the natural environment as part of
the workshop. The accommodations are simple yet sufficient.  These
facilities promote provocative dialogue as well as quiet reflection.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is targeted to individuals from the higher education
community who are interested in incorporating sustainability into
curriculum and across campuses.  We strongly encourage the participation
of interdisciplinary teams of three or four people.

Workshop Location
 Heifer Ranch
 Route 2, Box 33 Perryville, Arkansas  72126-9695  Tel:  501/889-5124
Fax: 501/889-5124

The Heifer Ranch is a nonprofit, 1,100 acre facility located in the
Ouachita Mountain Range of western Arkansas.  As well as providing
conference services, the Ranch serves as a hands-on campus for
educational activities that model sustainable and organic agriculture.
It is located 42 miles northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas on U.S.
Highway 10 near Perryville, Arkansas.  For a fee, the Ranch will provide
transportation from Little Rock National Airport, bus or train
stations.  For information, call 501/889-5124.  Rooming will be double
occupancy or more.

 Workshop Fees
Registration fees are $450 each for individuals and $400 each for teams
of two or more individuals.  Fees include all workshop presentations,
activities, materials and meals plus three nights lodging:  Thursday,
Friday and Saturday November 5-7.  Please note that if you are with a
team of three or four people and willing to sleep in bunk beds, the
registration fee would be reduced to $375 per person!

How to Register
To ensure the quality of your experience, workshop enrollment is
limited.  Registration requests received after Thursday, October 1, 1998
will be accepted based on availability.  Reserve your space now!
Complete the attached form and mail with payment in full to:

 Second Nature
 Attention:  Southeast Regional Workshop
 44 Bromfield Street, 5th Floor
 Boston, MA 02108-4909

 Comments from previous workshops:

 "This workshop has extended my lifelong learning goals.  It has opened
my mind to new and exciting vistas.  Thank you." Dr. Michael Hubbard,
Meharry Medical School, ?97 Southeast Regional Workshop participant

 "Most useful things: meeting some wonderful people, making some
terrific new contacts, being exposed to presentations by first-rate
experts, and being energized by all of them to renew and redouble my own
efforts." Dr. Jim Norwine, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, '98 West
Regional Workshop participant

About Second Nature

Second Nature is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing human
and environmental well-being through learning.  Our purpose is to
increase institutional and individual capacity to make environmentally
just and sustainable living a central part of the educational experience
at colleges and universities.  For more information on Second Nature
programs and services, please visit or call (617)
292-7771  extension 131