Seeing the Woods

A blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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Making Tracks: Lisa Pettibone

In the “Making Tracks” series, RCC fellows and alumni present their experiences in environmental humanities, retracing the paths that led them to the Rachel Carson Center. For more information, please click here.

By Lisa Pettibone

I have had to justify my academic path to many people in numerous contexts on two continents. Moving from a BFA in film production to work in the US Senate and the German Bundestag seems to clash about as much as my MPA (like an MBA where you get paid less in the end) and year of long-distance hiking. The culmination of these experiences—a doctorate in political science—seems a fair synthesis, but just as far from environmental humanities. I’m still not sure how easily the moniker sits with me, but I’m honored to accept it from others.


The author contemplating a “Lewis and Clark” tree—and thorny environmental questions—in Glacier Peak Wilderness during a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009. Photo by Amanda Lee “Miss Parkay” Tumminelli.

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Student Project: Krautgarten

by Adrian Franco, LMU and Environmental Studies Certificate Program Student

Which spaces at our university provide the right kind of ground for gardening? How does urban farming work, and is it realistically achievable? How can we develop an understanding of the plants we eat by growing them ourselves? Fruitful discussions as part of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Certificate Program inspired us to bring our ideas and thoughts literally into the field. What had started as academic dialogue led a group of us renting and cultivating a plot at Fasanerie, on the outskirts of Munich. Continue reading