Join ES alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends in the festivities when the Antioch University New England Environmental Studies department celebrates its 40th anniversary with a dinner on Friday, November 8 at the Keene Country Club!

Mitchell Thomashow, ES department chair from 1979 to 2006, will be one of our honored guests and will share the podium with author and scientist Robin Kimmerer. Ty Minton, ES Department founder, will make a special appearance by video.

Dr. Mitchell Thomashow is Director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, designed to assist the executive leadership of colleges and universities in promoting a comprehensive sustainability agenda on their campuses.

Previously (2006-2011) Thomashow was the president of Unity College in Maine where he integrated concepts of sustainability, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college life. Thomashow was the Chair of the Environmental Studies program at Antioch University New England (1976-2006) where he founded an interdisciplinary environmental studies doctoral program.

Thomashow serves on the board of Orion Magazine. He is a founding member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). He provides ongoing consultation to the Billion Dollar Green Challenge program on financing sustainability.

He is the author of two books. Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist (The MIT Press, 1995) offers an approach to teaching environmental education based on reflective practice. Bringing the Biosphere Home, (The MIT Press, 2001) is a guide for learning how to perceive global environmental change. His current project, The Nine Elements of A Sustainable Campus provides a framework for advancing sustainable living and teaching in a variety of campus environments.  This will be published by The MIT Press in January, 2014.

Dr. Robin Kimmerer is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change.

Kimmerer is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi.  Her first book Gathering Moss, was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. She has served as writer in residence at Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue Mountain Center, the Sitka Center and others.  Her second book is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions and is entitled Braiding Sweetgrass: renewing reciprocity with the good green earth.  Her literary essays appear in Whole Terrain, Adirondack Life, Orion and several anthologies.

Kimmerer holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology.  As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land.

Ty Minton holds a doctoral degree in environmental studies and spent over 38 years teaching both art and environmental biology at the high school and graduate school levels.  In 1972 Dr. Minton founded the Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch New England Graduate School, now known as Antioch University New England.

As a professional artist for over 50 years Ty has worked in painting, jewelry, fiber art, glass art, metalwork, clay sculpture, graphics and woodworking. He continues to incorporate his interest in the images and complex ecological interactions of animals, plants and the environment in much of his current work.  In 1994 Minton presented an  extraordinary gift to the AUNE community, Gaia: Dance of the Cosmos, an environmental essay in clay.  These extraordinary ceramic bells and the story they tell are on permanent display in the lobby of AUNE. Since the installation in 1994 the Ringing of the Bells has become an annual event that welcomes each new cohort of environmental studies students. Ty and his wife Gael currently reside in Taos, New Mexico.