Seeing the Woods

A blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society


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CfA: RCC Fellowships 2016–17

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2016–17 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines.

The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should pertain to the central theme of the RCC: transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—for these transformations.

The RCC awards five types of fellowships:

  • Carson Writing Fellowships
  • Interdisciplinary Writing Fellowships
  • Outreach Fellowships
  • Short-term Fellowships
  • Alumni Fellowships

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Thoughts of a Lapsed Catholic Environmentalist on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si‘ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home”

by John Barry

The encyclical should be read as being connected to previous encyclicals and statements; for example, Pope Benedict’s “If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation,” for the celebration of the World Day of Peace 2010. It’s the latest link in a long chain of Christian stewardship thinking about human relations to and conceptions of the more-than-human world upon which we depend. The earth, its creatures, entities, and processes are “God’s creation”—not humanity’s—and rather than the arrogant anthropocentric claim of domination over the earth, we are tasked with looking after, tending, and husbanding creation. Instead of the earth being made for us, we in fact have been made (by God) for the earth, which is not only God’s creation but our home.

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