Client and Professional Work

Conference Presentations

The Honorable Harvest: Interpreting Indigenous History
June 9, 2019
Engaging indigenous history is a core part of interpreting the stories of our places. For many non-indigenous interpreters, navigating between appropriation and avoidance can seem daunting. Citizen Potawatomi ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer’s description of the Honorable Harvest provides useful guidelines for how to engage in cross-cultural knowledge sharing. Workshop facilitated at the International Conference of the Association for Living History Farms and Museums (ALHFAM).

Throwing Out Thoreau: Learning to Walk Home
February 21, 2018
Thoreau’s essay “Walking” introduced Americans to the art of sauntering—the holy pilgrimage. The American church has been sauntering too long. It is time for a deep engagement in place. It is time to learn to walk home. Oral presentation given at the Messiah College Humanities Symposium.

(Re)learning the Language of Land
March 3, 2017; April 21, 2017                                                                                                               
Oral presentation on the need for Education For Sustainability given at the Pennsylvania Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education and at the Messiah College Symposium of Business, Education and Social Sciences.

Notes of a Non-Native Son: Narrative, Ecology, and Ethics in the Arizona Desert
April 7 & 19, 2017
Thesis presentation given at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, TN and at Messiah College.

Exploring Whiteness through Ta Nehisi Coates: Placeless Identities in the New World
February 24, 2017
Oral presentation given at the Messiah College Humanities Symposium.

Interpretive Programs

Managing Manure to Save Mankind
In the Pacific Northwest, the Hudson Bay Company built an empire squarely atop a manure pile. Translate the regenerative practices of the 19th century to your home garden.

Sipping Survival: Medicinal Tea at Fort Nisqually
Rose hips are an easily forgotten survival food that crosses borders and cultures. Dr. William Tolmie quickly found out that a cup of tea, well-prepared, can save your life.

Seeds are Stories
All stories share these basic elements: a character wants something, overcomes obstacles to get it, and is different at the end than they were at the beginning. By saving seeds, we see how the desires of plant and human communities shape each other. Do the seeds we plant tell stories we want to live?