September Nature Night


September Nature Night: Coming Home to Central Oregon

A "Sense of Place” is a phrase often used to describe the ways in which a given landscape's geology, climate, forest history, indigenous culture, and patterns of settlement can all influence the experience of living there. But another term that can also be useful in this connection is "affiliation." It relates to a more active and conscious process of claiming a place as one's own. Join the Deschutes Land Trust and John Elder for a talk on place and affiliation where we will explore a unified vision of nature and culture, citizenship and stewardship. Among the writers to be referred to along the way will be Leslie Marmon Silko and Gary Snyder.

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About John Elder
John Elder taught English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont for almost four decades. He continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and to give frequent talks about environmental topics and nature writing. John holds a PhD in English from Yale University and has received many honors and awards for his teaching and writing. John is also a widely published author with a host of essays and books. Three of his recent books—Reading the Mountains of Home, The Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa—combine landscape description and discussions of literature with memoir. In 2016 he published a "musical memoir" about immersion in Irish music called Picking Up the Flute. He is also co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. John, with his wife Rita and the families of their two sons, helps to run a maple-syrup operation in the hills of Starksboro, Vermont. Learn more about John.