“What does an old-growth forest offer to the human heart and mind? Science is not set up to answer that question—but art may be.” This observation, by acclaimed Hoosier author Scott Russell Sanders, is at the heart of Indiana Humanities’ new program, Next Indiana Campfires, a year-long series of hikes, canoe trips and other outdoor discussions about some of the great works of Hoosier environmental literature and our state’s environmental legacy. Throughout 2016, we’ll consider the unique ways writing and the humanities help us understand the beauty and wonder of the natural world, create a sense a place in the Hoosier State, and inspire us to be better stewards for future generations.
To jump start our thinking on these questions, we’re hosting Terry Tempest Williams, one of the nation’s foremost thinkers about environmental issues, for a special INconversation exploring how writers have shaped our comprehension of nature and awakened us to the need to care for it. Williams, a Guggenheim Fellow and titan of environmental literature, has been called a “citizen” writer for her fierce advocacy of freedom of speech about environmental literature. The conversation will be moderated by Sanders, whose own writing about the hills and forests of southern Indiana continues the tradition of essential Hoosier nature writers like Gene Stratton Porter and Edwin Way Teale.
Join us for an indelible evening of provocative ideas and surprising conversation.
Next Indiana Campfires is generously supported by the Efroymson Family Fund, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires and the Ball Brothers Foundation. Upland Brewing Co. will be providing in-kind support as the alcoholic beverage sponsor. Additional in-kind support provided by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Indiana Humanities is supported in part by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and the National Endowment of the Humanities.