What Happens When 700 Million Chinese Want their Equivalent of Santa Shoppe?

Last week Wofford College hosted the second Santee-Cooper Lecturer in Sustainability and Energy. Our speaker was John Doggett, senior lecturer at the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas-Austin. The Santee-Cooper Series is meant to introduce our college community to the practical and intellectual challenges of sustainability in the 21st century. We began the year in September with...

Three Big Wild Trees

At the beginning of SAND COUNTY ALMANAC Aldo Leopold divides humanity into two groups: those who can’t live without wild things and those who can. I’m in the second group. I need to visit wild places, and when I’m not in them (most of the time), I need to know wild things are out there, simply being wild. There is no certain human utility to real wildness as far as I understand...

The Long Haul

On Saturday I paddled my canoe above the dam at Glendale. It was a warm late summer day, and yellow-bellied and painted turtles were basking on debris along the old mill pond’s far shore. It couldn’t have been more beautiful, and I couldn’t have been more happy. As I paddled along I thought about how things were going to change a little in these turtles’ world. I knew,...

ASLE Comes to Spartanburg

The summer of 1997 I traveled west to Missoula, Montana to take part in a panel on “Southern Nature Writing” at a biennial conference of an emerging academic group called ASLE (The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment). When I received the invitation the group was new to me, but a little research showed ASLE had met once, two summers before, in Fort Collins,...

South Different, but Still Kicken’

DAVID LAUDERDALE, Island Packet columnist, Hilton Head Island, SC Published Sunday, January 21, 2007 DAUFUSKIE ISLAND — The “Cornbread and Sushi” tour nibbled its way through the Lowcountry last week, turning every mossy stone for an answer to that bottomless postmodern question: “Has the South done up and died?” Twelve students and two professors from Wofford...

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