Max Oelschlaeger

Max Oelschlaeger

F. B. McAllister Chair of Community, Culture and Environment at Northern Arizona University

5 E. McConnell Drive, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
HQ Phone:
(928) 523-8011

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Board Member - Arizona Humanities Council

Board Member - Museum of Northern Arizona

Board Member - Grand Canyon Wildlands Council

Board Member - Arizona Wilderness Coalition

Board Member - Environmental Ethics , Inc.

Board Member - Friends

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TRI's Science and Conservation Fellow Program

Max Oelschlaeger
Northern Arizona University Max is the McAllister Endowed Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University. His work engages the messy interface between cultural and natural systems using an interdisciplinary approach. His recent teaching has been in the areas of ecological restoration and also the past, present and future of the greater Grand Canyon bioregion. Max is a board member of Arizona Humanities Council, the Museum of Northern Arizona (where he served as Acting Director for six months), the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, the Arizona Wilderness Coalition, and Environmental Ethics, Inc. Max and spouse Mary increasingly split time between Flagstaff, Arizona, and New Mexico.

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The Roots of Preservation: Emerson, Thoreau, and the Hudson River School, Nature Transformed, TeacherServe®, National Humanities Center

Max Oelschlaeger
Professor of Humanities Northern Arizona University Oelschlaeger's The Idea of Wilderness advances a reading of Thoreau, as a thinker who begins from an Emersonian-transcendentalism, becomes a proto-evolutionary thinker- and then an American scholar posthumously. Ultimately, Oelschlaeger ironically realizes Emerson's dream for his student. Emerson's eulogy reveals his disappointment with Thoreau, asserting, "He had no greater aspiration than to be captain of a huckleberry party." Max Oelschlaeger is a Professor of Humanities at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology (Yale, 1991), Caring for Creation: An Ecumenical Approach to the Environmental Crisis (Yale, 1994), and Texas Land Ethics (Texas, 1997), co-authored with Pete Gunter. Address comments or questions to Professor Oelschlaeger through TeacherServe "Comments and Questions."

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Host: Max Oelschlaeger, Northern Arizona University

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