Quotation by William D. Ruckelshaus, first Environmental Protection Agency Chief Administrator

"Using one discipline to address the environment isn't going to work.  You have to use them all."  ---William D. Ruckelshaus, first Environmental Protection Agency chief Administrator, 1970-1973, also 1983-85, speaking to "Living on Earth," broadcast through Public Radio International

Reviews of the Book

"Until the publication . . . of Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, those searching for an overview of the field had few texts to which they might turn .... "

-Rochelle Johnson in Thoreau Society Bulletin for Fall 2008

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Remarks by the Publisher:

"A comprehensive guide to environmental literacy."


Selected as a 2008 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

Events and Announcements

- Video from James Engell’s March 2012 lecture on “Henry David Thoreau and Health in Nature” at the Boise State University Arts and Humanities Institute is available online.

- Brent Ranalli contributed a chapter to Controversies in Globalization, 2nd edition (CQ Press, 2013), addressing the question: "Can International Regimes Be Effective Means to Restrain Carbon Emissions?"

- Jim Engell directed an interdisciplinary seminar, 'Use Them All: Environmental Study and the Humanities,' at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina in June 2012. College professors from business, political science, philosophy, literature, religion, and history attended the three-week intensive seminar, which produced case studies and proposals to strengthen environmental programs at participants' institutions. Visitors included Professor James McCarthy of Harvard, Chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a lead author of one of the IPCC Reports, and Glenn Adelson, Chair of the Lake Forest College Environmental Studies Program. 'Use them all'--meaning all disciplines--is the recent advice of William D. Ruckelshaus, first head of the EPA, for addressing environmental issues.

- Kevin Van Anglen has been awarded the 2012 Walter Harding Distinguished Service Award by the Thoreau Society for his work on the society's Board of Directors.

Video Focus

Reading for 18: Wang Wei, “Stopping by the Temple of Incense Massed” (eighth century c.e.), translated by Stephen Owen PDF Print E-mail

Wang Wei, “Stopping by the Temple of Incense Massed” (eighth century c.e.), translated by Stephen Owen

A physician and painter as well as poet,Wang Wei often portrays quiet scenes with unsurpassed delicacy. Using deft personification (“a stream’s sounds choked”) and synaesthesia or mixing of the senses (“hues of sunlight were chilled”), he paints a picture of natural events that match or parallel the drama of his inner life. Yet there is no anthropomorphic projection. The natural environment remains ancient, refuses human didacticism, and exists “with no one there.”