John Hausdoerffer on Wildness

On March 6, 2018, John Hausdoerffer presented a talk at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colorado on the subject of “Wildness.”

Hausdoerffer is the dean of the School of Environment & Sustainability at Western  Colorado University in Gunnison, where he also directs the Master in Environmental Management program and serves as a professor of Environmental Sustainability and Philosophy. He is also a fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature in Chicago, where his co-editor Gavin Van Horn works. 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, Robert Michael Pyle, Robin Kimmerer, Aaron Abeyta, Winona LaDuke and Roderick Frazier Nash. In addition to selections from his book, Hausdoerffer shared mountain-focused scenes from his co-produced documentary series “Wildness.”

Hausdoerffer was joined in Telluride by Western State climate action specialists Corrie Knapp and Abel Chavez, as well as representatives of the the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) and the Telluride Institute. This newly fashioned team (collectively called the Mountain Resilience Coalition) actively builds an energized network to connect mountain communities for the sharing of resources and solutions to urgent problems.

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