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Antioch New England Graduate School
Chair Environmental Studies Department
perceptual/educational dimensions of global environmental change, interdisciplinary environmental studies


Dr. Mitchell Thomashow is the President of Unity College in Maine, a small environmental liberal arts college whose mission entails stewardship, sustainability, and service. He is also a Distinguished Faculty Member in the Antioch New England Department of Environmental Studies, where he spent most of his career. Academically, Thomashow is interested in developing reflective, interdisciplinary pedagogy for undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental studies. He teaches courses such as Global Environmental Change, Ecological Thought, Cultures of Natural History, and Music and Nature. As a college president, he aspires to integrate concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. Thomashow's book, Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist (The MIT Press, 1995) offers an approach to teaching environmental education based on reflective practice--a guide to teachers, educators and concerned citizens alike that incorporates issues of citizenship, ecological identity, and civic responsibility within the framework of environmental studies. His most recent book, Bringing the Biosphere Home (The MIT Press, 2001) is a guide for learning how to perceive global environmental change. It shows readers that through a blend of local natural history observations, global change science, the use of imagination and memory, and spiritual contemplation, you can learn how to broaden your spatial and temporal view so that it encompasses the entire biosphere. It suggests how global environmental change might become the province of countless educational initiatives--from the classroom to the Internet, from community forums to international conferences, from the backyard to the biosphere. Currently, he is in the initial stages of two writing projects: one a book on the ecology of improvisation, linking music, play and sports, and patterns in nature, a second a series of essays exploring how an environmental studies education promotes virtue. Thomashow is the founder of Whole Terrain, an environmental literary publication. He serves on the advisory boards of The Orion Society, the Coalition on Environmental and Jewish Life (COEJL), and the Teleosis Institute. Thomashow serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), a national organization that supports interdisciplinary environmental studies in higher education. Thomashow has spent the last thirty years living in the hill country of southwest New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock. Now he is exploring the fields, forests, wetlands, hills, and islands of mid-coast Maine. His recreational interests include basketball, baseball, board games, jazz piano, electronic keyboards, musical composition and recording, guitar, hiking, bicycling and lake swimming.