Statement on Systemic Racism and Violence

June 8, 2020

The International Society for Environmental Ethics recognizes and condemns systemic racism. We are outraged by the ongoing pattern of racialized police violence in the United States, and we are saddened and angered by the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. Such cases are only the latest in a long history of unjust violence and dehumanization based on race. We support and encourage protests that demand justice in response to these killings and seek to dismantle systemic racism. We stand with those who fight for justice and so condemn the violent and egregious use of force against protestors who are exercising both political rights as citizens and moral rights as persons.

We recognize Black Lives Matter as a human rights campaign aimed at dismantling the pervasive social norms that support and protect systems of white supremacy. The injustices that such systems generate in the United States are evidenced, for example, by the disproportionate impacts of the novel coronavirus on Black and Brown communities, as well as environmental injustices that include racial disparities in access to healthy foods, safe working conditions, clean air and water, climate adaptation resources, and parks and open spaces.

As officers of the Society, we recognize our privilege and our responsibility to listen to and and be led by voices from marginalized and under-represented members of our community. We actively seek to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our academic discipline and in our professional organization, but we recognize that we must do more to advance the work and career opportunities of Black scholars, as well as scholars from all under-represented groups, and to further support scholarship that addresses the intersections between environmental justice and institutionalized systems of racism and oppression. We must also encourage our members of privilege to make their own work more inclusive and to be actively anti-racist.

In sum, we commit the International Society for Environmental Ethics to much work that still needs to be done in the active pursuit of ending white supremacy, police brutality, and widespread racial and environmental injustices.

In solidarity,

Allen Thompson, President 

Marion Hourdequin, Vice President 

Megs Gendreau, Treasurer

Alex Lee, Secretary

Climate Change and COVID-19

Todd Dufresne explores the relationship between climate change and COVID-19 in a new interview series. The series follows-up on Dufresne’s recent book, The Democracy of Suffering: Life on the Edge of Catastrophe, Philosophy in the Anthropocene (MQUP 2019).  

Part One: http://epiloguemag.com/2020/05/pandemic-as-prophecy/

Part Two: http://epiloguemag.com/2020/05/shifting-consciousness/

Call for Nominations: 2020 ISEE Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy

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Call for Nominations for the

2020 ISEE Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy

 The International Society for Environmental Ethics established an award to promote work in public philosophy and honor contributions to the field by Dr. Andrew Light, who received the inaugural award in his name at our 2017 annual summer meeting.

With this call, the Society seeks nominations for the Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy. We strive to recognize public philosophers working in environmental ethics and philosophy, broadly construed, those who are working to bring unique insights or methods to broaden the reach, interaction, and engagement of public philosophy with the wider public.  This may be exemplified in published work or engagement in environmental issues of public importance.

The award is offered without prejudice to stage of career and may be demonstrated by singular work, or engagement of importance, or over a career.  It is important to note that early career scholars are viable candidates and their nominations strongly encouraged. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations should include:

(a) A letter of nomination, listing the name, affiliation (if any), and contact information of both the nominee and nominator. The letter should explain how and why the nominee qualifies for the award;

(b) The nominee’s curriculum vitae or professional resume.

Nominations may also include:

(c) Descriptions and representative samples of work in public philosophy, such as op-eds, public presentations, descriptions of philosophically driven civic interactions, or alternative media engagements (blogs, videos, podcasts, etc.) or work about the public importance of environmental philosophy in professional journals;

(d) Additional letters of endorsement for the nomination, no more than two.

 

Nominations assembling these materials into one Adobe Acrobat PDF file are strongly preferred.

Nominations previously submitted for the 2019 Award may be reactivated. Please contact us, as below.

Nominations are due by October 1, 2020. They will be evaluated by ISEE Officers and members of the ISEE Nominating Committee.

 

Send nominations to ISEE President Allen Thompson via email:  allen.thompson@oregonstate.edu

Announcement of the winner and finalists will be made at the ISEE group session meeting during the Eastern Division American Philosophical Assoc., Jan. 4-7, 2021. The award includes a financial prize.

2020 Call for Papers: Holmes Rolston III Early Career Essay Prize in Environmental Philosophy

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the ISEE and the Center for Environmental Philosophy are re-issuing an essay prize for scholars in the early stages of their career.

The prize is named in honor of Professor Holmes Rolston III, for his pioneering work in the field of environmental philosophy. Papers are invited on all aspects of environmental philosophy or environmental affairs (with a strong theoretical component).

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning essay. All submitted papers that qualify (see conditions) will be reviewed by an Essay Prize Committee in consultation with the Editorial Board of Environmental Ethics. The winning essay will be published in the journal Environmental Ethics.

Scholars who have earned their doctorate no more than five years prior to submission are invited to submit an essay. Submissions must be accompanied by a one-page CV to provide evidence of early career status.

The closing date for submissions is August 1st, 2020.

The word limit is 60,000 characters (including spaces), including notes and references. An abstract of 100-150 words should also be included. For style, consult the Chicago Manual of Style or any recent issue of Environmental Ethics. Essays must be prepared for blind review (cover page with contact information and email on a separate page). Submissions should be emailed to ISEE President Allen Thompson at: <allen.thompson@oregonstate.edu>. Please put ‘Essay Prize’ in the subject line of the email submission. The essay should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is announced. The decision of the committee will be final. There is only one prize per year, and the committee reserves the right not to award the prize if submissions are not of an appropriate standard.

 

ISEE Mentoring Initiative, Update on 50th Earth Day 2020 (April 22)

 

The new ISEE Mentoring Initiative is moving forward, and this year we’ve focused on supporting environmental philosophy teaching.  We are in the process of updating teaching resources on the ISEE website with new syllabi, assignments, and activities (thanks to all who contributed!), and the updated site is expected to go live by early May.  We also organized a workshop on engaged and inclusive pedagogies in environmental philosophy for the 2020 Pacific APA (cancelled due to the pandemic), which we hope to reschedule either in-person or virtually during the 2020-21 academic year.

Simona Capisani (UC-Irvine) is directing the Mentoring Initiative along with ISEE Vice President Marion Hourdequin, and we have a wonderful group of participants who are helping contribute to and shape our projects going forward.  ISEE members who would like to get involved are encouraged to email Marion Hourdequin (mhourdequin@coloradocollege.edu) and to keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming virtual mentoring committee meetings on the ISEE listserv.  We expect to hold our next meeting in May or June.  Stay tuned!

Teaching Environmental Philosophy: Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogies

Organizers:

Simona Capisani, University of California-Irvine and Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College

This workshop aims to provide both new and experienced faculty the opportunity to explore engaged and inclusive teaching approaches and pedagogies in environmental philosophy.  The workshop will provide resources for teaching stand-alone classes focused on environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, and environmental justice, as well as ideas for integrating environmental dimensions into existing courses such as political philosophy, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and epistemology.  In the first hour of the workshop, panelists will share ideas for inclusive teaching, community-engaged learning, and student-centered pedagogies in environmental philosophy, followed by a moderated discussion/Q&A.  The second hour of the workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss course syllabi and share ideas for environmental philosophy teaching in multiple contexts, including environmental ethics and environmental justice courses, as well as environmentally-related units in other philosophy classes.  Participants are encouraged to bring complete or draft syllabi to share, and to contribute ideas as part of a collaborative conversation.

The following speakers are confirmed as panelists:

 

Chris Cuomo, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia

https://www.phil.uga.edu/directory/people/chris-cuomo

 

Rebeka Fereirra, Tenured Instructor, Green River College

https://sites.google.com/view/rebekadferreira/about-me

 

Benjamin Hole, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pacific University

https://www.pacificu.edu/about/directory/people/benjamin-hole-phd

 

Clair Morrissey, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Occidental College

https://www.oxy.edu/academics/faculty/clair-morrissey