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Presentation Explores Nature Writing

FEB 10, 2006--Noted author of three books on ecofeminism and English Professor Greta Gaard will present "Writing Nature, Writing the Self" based on her new book, "Home Is Where You Are," on Monday, Feb. 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Davee Chalmer Library breezeway at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  

Gaard's presentation will focus on how contemporary women's writings have viewed the ecological environments as deeply interconnected with ones own self-identity.  

"At this historical moment, with globalization speeding us ever more rapidly towards a toxic and uncertain future, environmental writing reminds us that how we treat the earth is not separate from how we treat one another," said Gaard.  

Gaard's previous books, "Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature," "Ecofeminist Literary Criticism," and "Ecological Politics: Ecofeminists and the Greens," grew out of her activism and research in the environmental movement.

"Home Is Where You Are," her current creative nonfiction book, is a departure from her books of traditional scholarship. It combines her experiences from rock climbing and glacier travel to volunteering in soup kitchens and meditating on mountains in order to explore the relationships between humans and nature.

Gaard is a founding member of the Minnesota Green Party, and she continues her activism by serving on the board of directors for the Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education (EAGLE). Next year Gaard will be teaching a new general education course in English, "Literature of Environmental Justice," that she has developed.

Gaard has been reading, writing and teaching environmental literature for more than 20 years. Before joining UW-RF she was an assistant and associate professor of composition and women's studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She also was an associate professor of humanities at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  

Her presentation is part of a series sponsored by the English department that is designed to acquaint its majors and minors and the larger community with the writing interests of the department's faculty. The next faculty presentation will be Monday, April 24 on "Academics and Fans Unite: A Harry Potter Conference/Convention," presented by Annette Klemp.

For more information about the series, contact UW-RF English Professor Marshall Toman at marshall.toman@uwrf.edu .

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