Category Archives: Urban nature

SUST 350 Service & Sustainability Class Update

This fall 2017 semester I am teaching two linked sections of SUST 350 Service & Sustainability. The Chicago-based section (01) will meet in AUD 825 the first week of class (Tues 8/29) at 10am and subsequently off-campus at Eden Place … Continue reading

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Wildness: Relations of People and Place

This March saw the publication of the new book Wildness: Relations of People and Place, edited by Gavin Van Horn and John Hausdoerffer (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2017), an environmental humanities project sponsored by the Center for Humans and Nature. … Continue reading

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SUST 390 Writing Urban Nature (May 2017)

For more details, check out the course preview page here! Please share this poster/link far and wide (pdf).

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Introducing “Rooftop: Second Nature” — Remarks at the Opening Reception, 9 Feb. 2017

Nature within the urban landscape is simultaneously close at hand and hidden from view — a paradox of proximal obscurity. Yet its myriad forms are as diverse in kind as their human denizens. City parks, urban farms, back yards, forest … Continue reading

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Photography, Sustainability, & Urban Design: “Rooftop: Second Nature” Opens 2/9 at RU’s Gage Gallery

Photographs by Brad Temkin February 9 – May 6, 2017 Opening reception and talk by Brad Temkin Thursday, February 9th, 5-7 p.m. Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL (312) 341-6458 Statement from the Artist “Rooftop: Second … Continue reading

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Water Stories: Narrative, Urban Sustainability, and the Fluid Future of the Otakaro-Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand

Twenty-five years ago, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Antarctica as part of a scientific research expedition from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Taking a semester’s leave from my graduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook, I worked for two … Continue reading

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City Creatures: Wildlife in the City

Tomorrow afternoon my SUST 340 Policy, Law, & Ethics class at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus proudly hosts a special presentation entitled “City Creatures: Urban Biodiversity in Chicago” at 3:30 p.m. in Roosevelt’s LEED-Gold Wabash Building, Room 1214. Dr. Gavin Van … Continue reading

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Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, 1942-2015

I was very saddened to learn a few weeks ago of the passing of Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, whom I befriended several years ago while doing research on the life and work of her father and Chicago nature writer, Leonard Dubkin. … Continue reading

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Writing Urban Nature: A One-Week Intensive Summer Course in Chicago, May 18-22

Still plenty of room in this new one-week-intensive summer course! Pre-session is next Wed., May 6th, at 4:3pm in Gage 218. For more detailed information on my summer intensive course, check out this Writing Urban Nature preview; and share a pdf version of … Continue reading

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SUST 390 “Writing Urban Nature” Course Preview (Summer 2015)

This May 2015 one-week-intensive section of SUST 390 Writing Urban Nature is an environmental literature and writing special topics course distinguished by in-the-field explorations of various natural and urban environments. The class provides a unique immersive experience in “nature close at hand” at … Continue reading

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