Environmental Studies Symposium: Thinking Like a River

Event Details

Title: "Thinking Like a River?"
A Roundtable Discussion & Workshop
Panelists: Susan Fox Rogers, author of My Reach, A Hudson River Memoir
Mike Freeman, author of Drifting, Two Weeks on the Hudson
Allison HedgeCoke, author of Blood Run
David Furbish, hydrologist, Vanderbilt University

Moderated by:
John Lane, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Wofford’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center
Kaye Savage, associate professor of environmental studies.

Date: Oct 11, 2012 
Time: 2:30-5:30 PM
Description: Join the environmental studies faculty, staff, and students for this discussion about the relationship between concerned citizens and our rivers.
Location: Anna Todd Wofford


Susan Fox Rogers: “I am a writer, teacher, editor, rock climber and kayaker. I write about the natural world and adventures in the outdoors. My first book My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir is about kayaking on the Hudson River and, like all of my work, meanders through history, natural history, and personal history. I am drawn to beautiful places and in the last ten years have traveled to the Antarctic, Tasmania, Canada, and the southwest of France; I’ve hiked in Arizona, rock climbed in Nevada, birded Wyoming and backpacked in Alaska. I write about these journeys in my blog. But most often I write about my daily adventures near home, in the Hudson Valley of New York. Here, I rock climb at the Gunks, kayak on the Hudson River, bird in many beautiful spots, hike to the tops of mountains in the Catskills, and pull weeds in my back yard.”

Professor Rogers teaches Environmental Studies at Bard College and her personal website is http://susanfoxrogers.com/.

Mike Freeman is a freelance writer and editor. From 1998 to 2008 he was a fisheries assistant at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and has canoed thousands of miles in southeast Alaska. His essays have appeared in the Massachusetts Review; South Dakota Review; the LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts; Connecticut Review; and Gray’s Sporting Journal. He lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

Allison Adelle HedgeCoke's authored books include: Dog Road Woman and Off-Season City Pipe (poetry); Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer (a memoir); and Blood Run (a verse-play). HedgeCoke has edited eight additional collections, including: Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies, and the soon to be released Effigies II. She has been awarded fellowships/residencies with Lannan Foundation, Weymouth Center for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Hawthornden Castle, MacDowell Colony, Great Plains Center. Her honors include an American Book Award, two endowed chairs, and several literary and arts grants. She is a poet, writer, performer, editor, and activist. She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and in factories.

Vanderbilt hydrology and life sciences professor David Furbish’s research involves environmental fluid mechanics and transport theory applied to problems in hydrology and geomorphology, and the intersection of these fields with ecology. His work combines theoretical, experimental, computational and field-based components aimed at understanding the dynamics of Earth surface, and near-surface, systems spanning human to geomorphic time scales. David has taught courses in geology, hydrology and geomorphology, transport processes in Earth and environmental systems, and fluid dynamics. He is author of the text, Fluid Physics in Geology, published by Oxford University Press.