The Department of Environmental Studies (ES) at Antioch University New England, the oldest ES graduate program in the United States, is celebrating its fortieth year.
The department has grown and changed since it was founded by faculty emeritus Ty Minton in the early 1970s. Over the years it has anticipated and responded to relevant issues and challengesclimate change, wildlife protection, habitat destruction, and educating citizen scientists and science teachers, among others.
Today, more than 2,000 ES graduates live and work around the world, from China to Rwanda to Canada, and all over the United States. They are making a difference in every field of endeavor: research, public policy, education, conservation, and environmental protection.
Whole Terrain, AUNE’s journal of reflective environmental practice, is also celebrating an anniversary: its twentieth year. This well-regarded publication began as an ES student internship. Today, it goes out to a national readership.
The ES department and Whole Terrain are hosting many events to observe their anniversary year. An ES anniversary celebration with alumni and friends will take place on November 8 at the Keene Country Club, with Mitchell Thomashow, chair of AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies from 1979 to 2006, and Robin Kimmerer, author and scientist, as guest speakers.