Humanities in the Wild

Humanities in the Wild




Environmental sustainability is an urgent global topic, with effects on current affairs as diverse as the militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and rising sea levels in Louisiana. How we define wilderness, whether we live in a “post-wild Anthropocene,” how our sense of place influences our identity, and how we address the risks to those whose livelihoods rely on both wilderness and resource extraction are all primary concerns for Americans. This session will explore how the humanities can be at the center of these and other important conversations while creating indelible experiences by taking such programs outside! Join us as we trek to Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where we’ll take a short hike, pausing to read aloud the words of important Utah and western environmental writers. We’ll talk about the ways literature helps forge a sense of place and calls on us to care for the natural world. On the bus ride to and from, we’ll discuss partnerships, funding, logistics, new audiences, and other process-based questions about doing public humanities programs in the wild.

Hike will be 1-2 miles on Buffalo Point Trail, an easy-to-moderate trail. Tennis shoes or hiking boots and water bottle recommended.

Please note: An additional cost of $51 is associated with this unique session. Cost includes transportation, park entrance ticket, and a box lunch. There is a maximum participant level of 40 people.

Following is the agenda for this special session. Please note that times and activities may change or adjust.

9:30 am: Load bus and depart from hotel to Antelope Island

10:45 am: Arrive at Antelope Island

10:45 am to 1:00 pm: Hike, read, lunch on the trail

1:00 to 1:15 pm: Break

1:15 pm: Load bus for return to hotel

Michael McLane, Utah Humanities
McLane is the Literature Program Officer for Utah Humanities. He joined the council in 2012 and brings with him a passion for the literary arts and community service. Prior to joining the council, McLane worked with literary nonprofits and education organizations in Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.

Jacqueline Cromleigh, Indiana Humanities
Cromleigh is the Communications and Community Relations Manager for Indiana Humanities and handles the council’s website, social media channels, and programming and development materials. Prior to joining the council, Cromleigh was a PR and marketing manager at Conrad Indianapolis. She is a member of the Butler Young Alumni Board, served on PR/Marketing committees for Integrating Women Leaders, is active in her local PRSA, and co-leader of the Indianapolis Levo League chapter, a volunteer organization devoted to professional and personal development for millennial women.

Leah Nahmias, Indiana Humanities
Nahmias is the Director of Programs and Community Engagement for Indiana Humanities where she plans a broad array of programming and events, including the Next Indiana Pulitzer 100 and Bicentennial outdoor events. She is also focused on developing new strategies to engage K-12 educators and higher education institutions. Prior to joining the council, Nahmias worked at the New York Council for the Humanities where she created and administered reading and discussion programs for adult audiences – including a new one for veterans called “Talking Service.” Additionally, Nahmias taught through Teach for America, managed school programs for the Gotham Center for New York City History, and served as a resident history educator for the American Social History Project at the City University in New York.