A long overdue update: Increasingly, my time and energies online have been going into work with The Tautegory Project (www.tautegory.org), so if you are interested in keeping track of my ongoing activities, it is best to check over there. In a few weeks, I will be helping to facilitate a series of conversations under the title of “Meeting Places: Conversations Between and Beyond the Disciplines.” You can read more about it here. I am excited to get the chance to talk to such an intelligent group of people.
I am thrilled to have recently published an essay in the William Carlos Williams Review alongside work by Zachary Tavlin and Sam Hughagen, two scholars whose work I always learn from. You can check out my essay here, and if you do, be sure to look at the rest of the articles in the volume as well.
Much of my time this year has been spent teaching various courses here at Albany. While consistently busy, I am having a wonderful time reading great books with young and talented people. I will make sure that I write a longer post about teaching when the semester winds down. I was recently informed that I was nominated for a teaching award by the graduating class, and I consider it a real honor to be recognized by my students. Despite all the depressing talk about the Humanities in the press, I know of no greater and more enriching activity than reading beautiful and challenging books with undergraduates: they never cease to surprise you and bring new life to old texts.
At present, I am wrapping up two things. The first is a short presentation to the Science and Technology Studies department at RPI and the second is a talk I will be giving at NeMLA. My NeMLA paper considers the work of the poet Ed Roberson alongside the work of naturalist and evolutionary philosophers and theorists. I hope it will mark the start of an extended article on the need for scholars in the Environmental Humanities to consider the new varieties of philosophical naturalism that have emerged over the last few decades.