Wild, Contagious Hope with Dr. Elin Kelsey

January 24th and January 25th
A workshop Series at Western Washington University

Join world renowned author and researcher, Dr. Elin Kelsey as she explores the topic of Environmental Hope. Elin’s work is a welcome break from current environmental narratives which use language and examples to evoke despair and terror. She artfully weaves together her wealth of examples from the natural world  to show how the resiliency of other species can help not only restore but also spread hope to those around us. Whether your interests are social justice or environmental education, Elin’s workshops will inspire discussion and help shift our focus away from problems and towards the miraculous solutions that abound in our world.

Elin in tidepoolDr. Elin Kelsey is a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. An award-winning author and environmental consultant, she currently serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and has been awarded prestigious fellowships, including a Rockefeller fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society fellowship, to explore intersections of hope and the environment in interdisciplinary think tanks devoted to world changing ideas. She will be leading multiple workshops during her two day stay at Western Washington University Campus:

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Teaching with Hope

Faculty/Staff Workshop with Elin – light lunches provided
12-12:50 PM
Collaboratorative space – Miller Hall 102

Wild Contagious Hope: Huxley Speakers Series- Salish Sea Focus

4:30-5:30 PM – reception & activism to follow
Academic West 204

Friday, January 25, 2019

Coffee, Tea, and Snacks with Elin

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Arntzen Hall 225

From Problem Identification to Solutions Orientation: Journalism for Hope Student Workshop

Everyone welcome! (Light lunches Provided)
Noon – 1:50 PM
Viking Union 565

Students have been discussing the grief they feel about the state of the planet; their lack of awareness of environmental solutions that are working; and, their lack of knowledge about how to reorient their own research beyond problem analysis towards solutions generation and amplification. This workshop will be an exercise in solutions journalism which will workshop a pedagogical approach as a means to explore how to engage university students from a hope and solutions orientation when talking about our relations to Earth.

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