Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 4:30-5:30 Central Time. Teaching Land Ethics: Aldo Leopold and Native American Perspectives. Fawn YoungBear-Tibbetts, UW Arboretum Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences program, and Curt Meine, Center for Humans and Nature and Aldo Leopold Foundation. Aldo Leopold once wrote, "There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other and the relation of people to land." Such an understanding of interwoven human and natural relationships is embedded within diverse Native American traditions, and has long been part of the conservation movement as well. Students are challenged to understand such connections and relationships as we face an increasingly uncertain future. Fawn and Curt will provide a framework for discussing land ethics from scientific and indigenous perspectives, exploring points of contrast and convergence. We will also consider how a land ethic can be fostered tangibly in schools by expanding the learning environment to include the school grounds themselves.

Presenter Bios
Fawn YoungBear-Tibbetts is an Anishinaabe descendent from the White Earth band of Minnesota Ojibwe. She is an alumna from the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Life Sciences Communications Program. Fawn has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum for the last eight years in a number of capacities. For the past four years she has worked with the Earth Partnership for Schools program where she has been able to share her traditional knowledge of plants and passion for the environment while teaching at EPS Institutes. Currently she is working with the EPS Indigenous Arts and Sciences Program which is based on a pattern of core values including relationships, reciprocity, respect, and responsibility. The goal of the IAS Program is to develop an Indigenous Arts and Sciences Curriculum and professional network for tribal and non-tribal partners to access.
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Dr. Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer based in Sauk County, Wisconsin. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature and with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin; as Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation (also in Baraboo); and as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has authored and edited several books, including the biography Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (reissued in a new edition in 2010) and Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation (2004). He also serves as the on-screen guide in the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2011). He has recently edited for the Library of America the definitive collection of Leopold’s writings, Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Essays on Ecology and Conservation (2013).

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Discussion Question (please respond by Monday, 3/31/14)
What do you think you and your students/visitors should know, or would like to know, about incorporating indigenous land ethics into your work?