The Values Roundtable is an informal consortium of scholars, practitioners and observers who have taken an interest in the ideas we are exploring and who want to participate in the conversation. To join, simply join the conversation and contact “EP” editor, Bill Jordan. Click “Foundations of Conduct” to see this publication of the Roundtable, published in the Winter, 2012 issue of “Environmental Ethics”.
Nathaniel Barrett is a research fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. He also conducts research for the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion in Boston, MA. His current research focuses mainly on the role of value in experience, but he has published articles on a wide range of topics, including Chinese philosophy, process metaphysics, environmental philosophy, and evolutionary theories of religion.
Institute for Culture and Society,
Biblioteca de Humanidades 2950,
University of Navarra,
Phone: (34) 948 425 600 ext. 803414
Kent “Kip” Curtis
Kip Curtis takes up a position in the History Department at Ohio State University this summer. His research into natural resource exploitation and environmental values has provided an academic foundation for his field experiments in applied ecological ethics. These field projects include a carbon-neutral invasive species plant removal project, a growing schoolyard garden and sustainable urban food systems project and field experiments in the ritualizing of restoration. Prior to his move to Ohio, Kip founded Edible Peace Patch Project in St. Petersburg, FL.
Liam Heneghan, a Dubliner, is an ecosystem ecologist working at DePaul University in Chicago where he is a Professor of Environmental Science and co-director of DePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture. His research has included studies on the impact of acid rain on soil foodwebs in Europe, and on inter-biome comparisons of decomposition and nutrient dynamics in forested ecosystems in North American and in the tropics. Over the past decade Heneghan and his students have been working on restoration issues in Midwestern ecosystems. Heneghan is co-chair of the Chicago Wilderness Science Team. He is also a graduate student in DePaul University’s philosophy program, and an occasional poet.
Randall Honold earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from DePaul University. He serves as an assistant dean and teaches part time for DePaul’s Departments of Philosophy and Environmental Sciences & Studies, and takes undergraduate students to India to study Indian environmentalism. A founding member of DePaul’s Institute for Nature and Culture, he blogs regularly on Environmental Critique. His interests include philosophy of nature, environmental history, object-oriented ontology, nature photography, urban ecology, Indian environmentalism, and bicycling and urban sustainability.
Assistant Dean and Adjunct Professor in Philosophy and Environmental Studies
990 Fullerton, Suite 4200
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Todd LeVasseur earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Nature from the University of Florida and his M.Sc. from the Centre for Human Ecology in Scotland. He hopes to help the Values Project better understand the role ritual, and especially religious environmentalist ritual, might have in cultivating an effective environmental ethic and practice. His research interests intersect at the creative margins of food studies, religious studies, resiliency, environmental studies, and sustainability studies, with an emphasis on understanding how human values at cultural and individual levels are created and shared, and how these are influenced by emplacement within the more-than-human world.
Department of Religion
4 Glebe Street
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424
Anna Peterson is professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School and her AB from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests are in religion and social change, especially in Latin America; environmental and social ethics; and the place of animals in environmental thought. She has published a number of articles, chapters, and books, including Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World (California, 2001) and Everyday Ethics and Social Change: The Education of Desire (Columbia, 2009). Her new book, Being Animal: Beasts and Boundaries in Nature Ethics will be published by Columbia University Press in spring 2013.
Department of Religion
University of Florida
PO Box 117410
Gainesville, FL 32611
Leslie Paul Thiele
Leslie Paul Thiele teaches at the University of Florida where he directs the Minor in Sustainability Studies program. His research focuses on continental political thought, environmental ethics and politics, and the intersection of political philosophy, psychology, and cultural studies. Professor Thiele’s books include Friedrich Nietzsche and the Politics of the Soul (Princeton 1990), Timely Meditations: Martin Heidegger and Postmodern Politics (Princeton 1995), Environmentalism for a New Millennium (Oxford 1999), and Thinking Politics, (2nd edition, CQ Press 2003). His most recent book is The Heart of Judgment: Practical Wisdom, Narrative, and Neuroscience (Cambridge 2006). His current project grapples with the causes and consequences of global ecological, economic, and socio-political interdependencies. It is tentatively titled, Indra’s Net and the Midas Touch.
Gretel Van Wieren
Gretel Van Wieren is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University where her courses focus on religion, ethics, and the environmental. She received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Ethics) from Yale. Her most recent projects include a book, Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013) and a study on the origins of spiritual and aesthetic values in children’s experiences of nature. She is also working on a collection of narrative essays on hunting and fishing. Van Wieren’s work has appeared in Environmental Ethics, Companions in Wonder, Worldviews, Perspectives, Spirit of Sustainability, and Earth Letter. Growing up on west Michigan’s lakeshore, Van Wieren spent her childhood on the water and in the woods. She is an avid fly fisher and fly tier and worked as a fly fishing guide in northern Connecticut while a graduate student at Yale.
Department of Religious Studies
Michigan State University
736 Wells Hall