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The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

The 2006 Institute

Nature Matters: On the Varieties of Environmental Experience

June 19th - August 18th, 2006

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2006 Faculty

José Alaniz, Assistant Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature, jos23@u.washington.edu

José Alaniz

José Alaniz , Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature (adjunct), has taught courses on post-Soviet Russian literature and film, Czech literature and film, Death and Dying in Russian Culture, the Horror Film and the relation between Comics and Cinema. He counts a 2004 Discovery Seminar, "Fakes," among his all-time favorite teaching experiences. Dr. Alaniz's current research focuses on Disability in late/post-Soviet Russian culture and post-Soviet Russian comics. He has taught two courses on the environment: "'Back' to 'Nature'" at the University of California at Berkeley and "Nature(s)" at UW. Both courses emphasized the visual representation of the natural world, especially in film, photography and painting.



Gary Handwerk, Professor, English and Comparative Literature, handwerk@u.washington.edu

Gary Handwerk

Gary Handwerk is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UW, and chair of the Department of Comparative Literature. His recent work has focused upon the fields of European Romanticism (Godwin, Rousseau) and ecocriticism, as that approach can be applied to narrative and non-fictional prose from the eighteenth century to the present. He is currently at work on a Stanford UP translation of Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human . Each spring, he teaches an undergraduate course on literature and the environment that is cross-listed with the Program on the Environment and taught in a parallel version in local high schools.





Lucy Jarosz, Associate Professor, Geography, jarosz@u.washington.edu

Lucy Jarosz

Lucy Jarosz is an associate professor of the Department of Geography. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and teaching interests focus upon rural development and rural poverty, food and agriculture, and agrarian development and environmental change. These interests are informed by Marxist political economy, political ecology and poststructural feminist and postcolonial theory. She has conducted fieldwork in Madagascar, South Africa and the American Northwest and is currently examining discourses around international food security in her research.




Andrew Light, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Public Affairs, alight@u.washington.edu

Andrew Light

Andrew Light is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs at UW. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy at Lancaster University (U.K.), and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Light has written, edited or co-edited 18 books on environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics, including Environmental Pragmatism (Routledge 1996), Philosophies of Place (Rowman & Littlefield 1999), Technology and the Good Life? (Chicago 2000), Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (MIT 2003), Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy, and Social Criticism (Westview 2003), and The Aesthetics of Everyday Life (Columbia 2005). Light is also co-editor of the journal Ethics, Place, and Environment and serves on the editorial boards of Environmental Ethics , Environmental Values , Ecological Restoration , and the Journal of Architectural Education . He is currently finishing a book on the ethics of restoration ecology.

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