Scholarship & Writing

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Recent Publications:

Recent Presentations:

  • Western Literature Association (55th WLA Conference Theme: Graphic Wests. VIRTUAL: October 21-24, 2020)
    • Graphic Wests  (Conference Program)
    • For the Panel Discussion RECOVERY WORK IN NATIVE STUDIES: “Catching Conflict: The Role of Native American Pictography in the Late Publications of Mari Sandoz”
    • To read an overview of this presentation (8MB), CLICK HERE:  “Catching Conflict” (WLA 2020) 
      • In 2017, the University of Nebraska press issued the 50th anniversary edition of A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux, featuring drawings by Amos Bad Heart Bull, and an introduction by Mari Sandoz, who died a year before the original release of the book in 1967. Sandoz’s last-published novel, The Story Catcher (1963), is inspired by the Bad Heart Bull family legacy, and dedicated to the family—and Sandoz herself was directly involved with helping to get the collection on the track towards publication.
    • WLA Distinguished Achievement Award Address by Stephen Graham Jones October 22, 2020
      • (A good exploration of the issue of Cultural Appropriation in Native American Literature)
  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Thirteenth Biennial Conference: June 26-30, 2019, University of California, Davis.
    • Paradise on Fire (Conference Program)
    • Presentation: “Scorched Earth: Wildfires in Western Literature as Scenes of Settlement, Destruction and Rebirth” (Presentation Overview: CLICK HERE:  “Scorched Earth” (ASLE 2019)

Environmental Humanities at Chadron State College


If you love to read and write and think, you have probably asked yourself — how can I develop these interests even more? And how can I make a living, doing what I love? How can I get paid for my passion of reading, writing, exploring and engaging great literature? AND YOU LOVE NATURE, and the outdoors, and ecology–and maybe science as well?

Get Outside…

English and Humanities at CSC has long been a environment where a student can be supported in the effort to “Get Outside Yourself.” Many faculty in English, Humanities and across campus share this enthusiasm to both live and study the great outdoors. From courses like ENG 344 “Literature of the Environment” & ENG 341 “Literature of the American West” to Philosophy 337 “Environmental Ethics” and HUM 336 “High Plains Humanities” to first year courses in writing such as ENG 136 “Ecocomposition,” to First Year Inquiry courses (FYI) such as “Home on the Range,” (which is co-taught between English and Rangeland faculty), and “Humans and Animals: Friends or Foes” to the ethics and citizenship course focused on healthy soils, AGRI 244 “Talk Dirty to Me” to interdisciplinary CAPSTONE courses such as “Great Plains” and “Outside: Yourself in the World,” students at Chadron State have many opportunities to explore the natural world in courses beyond just the sciences.

Moreover, students can participate in events supported by these departments in conjunction with the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Society, such as the annual

Larissa Hastings (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

A student writes in her journal while enjoying the scenery of “Brigg’s Pond” near the nature trail behind campus.

conference every Fall, and the summer writing retreat that takes place at one of the nearby State Parks, the Story Catcher Writing Workshop and Festival. We’ve had guest speakers on campus that explore these issues in a variety of ways, and we are always looking for opportunities to bring the outdoors into our classrooms, our studies and our writing.