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EH-50248-10Education Programs: Institutes for Higher Education FacultyArizona State UniversityRethinking the Land Ethic: Sustainability and the Humanities10/1/2010 - 12/31/2012$207,806.00Dan ShillingJoan McGregorArizona State UniversityTempeAZ85281-3670USA2010Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralInstitutes for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs2078060207764.250

A four-week institute for twenty-five college and university faculty to examine the concept of sustainability from the perspectives of humanities disciplines.

"Reframing the Land Ethic: The Humanities & Sustainability," sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research, is a four-week institute that brings an interdisciplinary focus to a popular but little understood topic: sustainability. Held in Flagstaff in partnership with NAU, the project builds on a 2009 NEH institute on Aldo Leopold, a founding voice of environmental ethics. Some scholars find the seeds of sustainability in his Land Ethic, which celebrates humanistic inquiry alongside conservation. "Reframing the Land Ethic" argues that at root sustainability is a humanistic concept. As taught and practiced, however, the perspectives of history, philosophy and other disciplines are often neglected in favor of science alone. For faculty the institute includes some of the most respected scholars who teach and research sustainability and the humanities. The institute does not advocate; rather it provides cultural contexts to help professors design curricula and conduct research.