Seeing the Woods

A blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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Desert Water: The Making of Two Short Films

by Hal Crimmel

In 2015, with documentary filmmaker Issac Goeckeritz, a Weber State graduate, I released two short films about water in the state of Utah. The films were based on chapters from my 2014 book Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources.


Book cover, “Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources” (Utah: The University of Utah Press, 2014).

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Videos: Lunchtime Colloquia, Winter Semester 2014/15

Carson Fellows and guests gave some more great talks in our lunchtime colloquium series last semester! Check out the winter semester 2014/15 videos on our YouTube channel.
Harriet Ritvo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) presents on “At the Edge of the Wild”
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Videos: Carson Fellow Interviews

Several new Carson Fellow interviews are now online! See these and more on our YouTube page.

Dr. Massimo Moraglio on “Mobility and Space” Maurits Ertsen on “Colonialism and Irrigation: The Gezira Plain, Sudan”

Dr. John Agbonifo on “Nigeria: Green Movements and Environmental Governance”

Prof. Mei Xueqin on “Dirty Father Thames”

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Videos: Lunchtime Colloquia, April

We have had some more exciting talks in our lunchtime colloquium series this month! Check out the videos below. For more videos, including a series of short interviews with fellows about their research at the RCC, please visit our YouTube channel.

Angelika Krebs:  “‘And What was there Accepted Us’: Landscape, Stimmung, and Heimat

Thomas Princen: “Imagining the End of the Fossil Fuel Era”

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Post by Elin Kelsey

There is widespread concern that children are increasingly disconnected from nature. I have been exploring this issue in my academic work and in my capacity as a children’s book writer. Last year, I decided to write a picture book that celebrates the fact that we simply are nature and the result was You Are Stardust.

Yesterday, when I opened my email, I discovered a lovely gift from a singer/song writer in Oklahoma who is exploring the same themes of interconnectedness in his newest song, “Connected“.

It’s wonderful to witness ideas shifting form as they move between academia and  different people’s experiences and through a range of media.

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Videos: RCC Lunchtime Colloquia, November

We have had four great presentations this month by fellows and guests at the weekly RCC lunchtime colloquium. Here are the videos – we hope they are of interest!

John Agbonifo (Osun State University, Nigeria): “Environmental Governance and Civil Society in Nigeria”

Klaus Gestwa (Tübingen University, Germany): “(Post) Soviet Contemporary Environmental History: Ecological Globalization and Regional Dynamics”

Ruth Oldenziel (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands): “Century of Cycling: Pathways towards Sustainability”

Pernille Gooch (Lund University, Sweden): “Pastoral Communities in the Himalayas”

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Video: “Incoming Technology and African Innovation”

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He works on the history of science, technology, and society in Africa. He was a Carson Fellow from July until December 2011.

This video is part of a series of RCC Profiles. To view more videos from the series, please visit our YouTube channel.