Environmental writer and photographer examine the human relationship with the ground beneath our feet

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department will host an evening presentation with author Paul Board and photographer Joshua White for an exploration of the ground beneath our feet—landscapes familiar and wild, sacred and profane. The event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Turchin Center Lecture Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University. In an era of profound environmental crises, what does it mean to feel connected to the earth? 

Paul Bogard is the author of The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are and The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light and editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Audubon, Conservation, National Geographic, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He is associate professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Joshua White uses photography and mixed media to investigate memory, mortality, and ecology. His images have been shown nationally and internationally, and his series A Photographic Survey of the American Yard has been featured by National Geographic, Wired, Gizmodo, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Photography from Arizona State University, and is the Photography Area Coordinator in Studio Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Contact Dr. Jen Westerman at westermanjh@appstate.edu for more information.

Sponsored by the Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department; Appalachian State University

About the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development

One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University prepares students to thoughtfully analyze human development while focusing on the applied practice of pursuing transformative, community-driven development and social change. It offers a Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable development with concentrations in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; community, regional and global development; and environmental studies; as well as a Bachelor of Arts and minor in sustainable development.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

The Ground Beneath Us, by Paul Bogard
Published: Oct 19, 2017 10:26am