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The Future of Wilderness

Author John Hausdoerffer will lead a discussion on “The Future of Wildness” and read from his new co-edited volume Wildness: Relations of People and Place (U of Chicago Press, 2017) .

Co-edited with Gavin Van Horn from the Center for Humans and Nature, Wildness features creative nonfiction essays that explore the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes, and in urban communities. The book merges culturally diverse voices to delve into the evolution of "wildness," including Hausdoerffer and Van Horn, as well as Gary Snyder, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Mistinguette Smith, Curt Meine, Julianne Warren, Robert Michael Pyle, Robin Kimmerer, Aaron Abeyta, Winona LaDuke, and Roderick Frazier Nash. 

“Where ‘wilderness’ has become a divisive term in the environmental community,” explains Hausdoerffer, “’wildness’ has great potential to connect disparate branches of environmentalism. I look forward to exploring that potential with the Telluride community.”  Hausdoerffer will also read from his essays that appear in Wildness and show clips from a documentary he produced entitled “Wildness.”

Hausdoerffer is the Dean of the School of Environment & Sustainability at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, where he serves as a Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Philosophy. He is also a fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature.

Hausdoerffer’s appearance is part of the Authors Uncovered series, a collaboration between Between the Covers bookstore and Wilkinson Public Library.