Guest Faculty

Each Wednesday afternoon and during Thursday’s field trips a guest speaker joined with the core faculty for the week to deepen the conversation – providing additional perspective, amplifying course content, and even offering a bit of counterpoint. Guest faculty are listed here alphabetically.

  • Mike Anderson is a National Park Service archaeologist, trail guide, and cultural resource specialist who has published frequently on the public land’s cultural heritage, including three books on Grand Canyon history. He spoke with the group at Grand Canyon National Park during Week Three’s field trip.
  • Elizabeth Brandt, professor of anthropology at Arizona State University, is a respected authority on indigenous cultures. She led the discussion at Montezuma Castle National Monument during the field trip for Week Two – focusing on the connections between native land ethics and Leopold’s philosophy.
  • Thomas Fleischner, who has published often on natural history, teaches conservation biology at Prescott College. He joined Scott Russell Sanders during Week Four to discuss Leopold’s literary and cultural contributions.
  • Ben Minteer, who presented with Baird Callicott during the third week, is an assistant professor in ASU’s School for Life Sciences and author of three books on environmental history, including Nature in Common: Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy and The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America. The latter book places Leopold in the context of other social and environmental reformers, such as Benton MacKaye and Lewis Mumford.
  • Max Oelschlaeger is a professor of humanities at Northern Arizona University and author of The Idea of Wilderness, one of the most comprehensive surveys of nature from a philosophical point of view. Among his many other publications, Max edited The Wilderness Condition: Essays on Environment and Civilization, an anthology that features Gary Snyder, Paul Shepard, George Sessions, and other important voices. Max spoke to the participants during Week Two.
  • Paolo Soleri is the visionary force behind the utopian city Arcosanti, where institute participants traveled during Week Two to meet with him. A renowned thinker about place and culture, Soleri is the recipient of two Guggenheims and many other honors. The author of several seminal publications, Paolo is the creator of "arcology," the blending of architecture and ecology.
  • Rebecca Tsosie is Professor of Law, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, Executive Director Indian Legal Program, and Affiliate Professor, American Indian Studies Program. She spoke to the group during Week One, to discuss indigenous land values. Professor Tsosie has served as Executive Director of the top ranked Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University since 1996 and has written and published widely on doctrinal and theoretical issues related to tribal sovereignty, environmental policy, and cultural rights. She is the author of many prominent articles dealing with cultural resources and cultural pluralism and has used this work as a foundation for her newest research, which deals with Native rights to genetic resources. Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, has also worked extensively with tribal governments and organizations. She serves as a Supreme Court Justice for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and as a Court of Appeals Judge for the San Carlos Tribal Court of Appeals. Professor Tsosie speaks at several national conferences each year on topics related to tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and tribal rights to environmental and cultural resources. She was appointed as a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar in 2005. Prior to this, she held the title of Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics. She is an Affiliate Professor for the American Indian Studies Program. She joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1993 and teaches in the areas of Indian law, Property, Bioethics, and Critical Race Theory. She is the co-author with Robert Clinton and Carole Goldberg of a federal Indian law casebook entitled American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System. Tsosie was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and received the American Bar Association's "2002 Spirit of Excellence Award." She is the 2006 recipient of the "Judge Learned Hand Award" for Public Service.