Essays

Long form essays and reflections from members of the CHE community.

Rethinking Frank Lloyd Wright in the 21st Century

Frank Lloyd Wright wanted to embrace the natural world and push the boundaries of modern design. What do these conflicting desires mean for environmental teaching and thinking today?

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Sounding Calls

The forgotten soundscapes of the Old Mississippi River.

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On the move in Sinoe County, Liberia. Loring Whitman, October 18, 1926. Indiana University Liberian Collections

A Liberian Journey

Long-forgotten film footage launches a collaborative recollection of history and memory, and gives new meaning to the past in post-conflict Liberia.

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Rethinking Girodet’s Portrait of Citizen Belley

A late eighteenth-century painting of a moment that never happened illuminates our complex struggles with how to “deal with” the past.

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An Ode to Madison’s Lake Monster

A story about sea serpents, water spirits, and how Madison’s lake monster lore invites an ethic of coexistence.

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Global Visions: Rethinking the Globe and How We Teach It

A new website serves as a resource for educators in the global humanities.

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On Care in Dark Times

How Emily Dickinson might tell the story of the Anthropocene.

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Coconuts at harvest time.

Coconuts: Catalysts of Conflict

A peek into the past reveals how coconuts went from colonial cash crop to a means of resistance in Southeast Asia during the twentieth century.

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Damming God? Making Sense of the Plan to Fix Niagara Falls

Recent news of restoration work at Niagara Falls provides an opportunity to reflect on how symbolic American landscapes become meaningful despite constant change.

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Brooklyn’s Empire Stores and the Future of the Waterfront

Trash uncovered beneath an 1860s Brooklyn warehouse encourages us to reconsider our contemporary relationship to urban waterfronts.

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