Beyond Campus

My interest in culture, history, and environment frequently leads me beyond campus:

The Conversation, guest co-host, 2013. Beginning in early 2013 I will be chatting with radio producer Aengus Anderson during episodes of this unique program. Anderson interviews today’s most innovative thinkers about the future of community, culture, and a great deal else.

Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Review Board, member of history committee, 2012-2015. The board grants state historic status to a variety of places, from churches to warehouses. As a member of the history committee, I get to read about the way Wisconsin residents have crafted a built environment, imbued it with meaning, and use to remember the past.

Portage County Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee, member, 2013. I serve as a citizen advocate for better bicycling infrastructure in the county. Some of my favorite conversations about landscape have happened on a bicycle. Advocating for bicycle infrastructure is simply a natural extension of thinking about public space, mobility, and landscape.

Borderlands Environmental Field Institutes, graduate associate and instructor, 2007, 2009, 2011. These interdisciplinary ventures bring students and professors into the field to learn, discuss, and analyze the production of Borderlands landscapes.

Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, graduate teaching partner, 2008-2010. A collaboration with middle-school social studies teachers from Tucson Unified School District, we re-examined historical events to improve lesson plan content.

In addition to workshops and one-on-one meetings with teachers, the greatest highlight was helping lead a field trip–with Dr. Katherine Morrissey, Dr. Karen Leong, and Karen Schneider–which brought teachers to the Gila River Japanese-American internment camp and toward a deeper understanding of citizenship and the making of place.  Read about our work in the news.

VOICES, volunteer staff, 2010. At this community non-profit, I help guide youth staff through writing publishable stories about issues that affect them and the Tucson community.  Their work regularly appears in local publications and is a model of placed-based writing.

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