Larry Rodgers,Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences and Dean, College of Liberal Arts, is a well-known scholar of multicultural and regional American literature. He has written and edited half a dozen books and numerous articles on twentieth-century American writers as wide ranging as William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Edna Ferber and Booth Tarkington. His most recent book is America’s Folklorist: Benjamin A. Botkin and American Culture (Oklahoma, 2010). Much of his research has centered around the connection between culture and place, and he’s been especially interested in the ways that American geography defines American identity, especially as writers and artists imagine the importance of place in the context of their work.
Kathleen Dean Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University and a Senior Fellow at the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. She is co-author, with Julia Jones, of OSU’s Environmental Humanities Initiative. Her work is in the area of environmental philosophy and environmental ethics, with a special emphasis on climate ethics. Her recent co-edited book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril , is a call to honor our obligations to future generations. She is the author of award-winning books about our cultural and spiritual relation to the land, among them Wild Comfort, The Pine Island Paradox, and Riverwalking. Deeply committed to philosophy that is accessible and useful, Moore publishes widely in popular and academic journals, and often speaks to environmental, natural resource, and scientific organizations.
Charles Goodrich serves as Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. He is the author of two books of poetry, Insects of South Corvallis and Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home. He also co-edited In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. His essays and poetry have appeared in magazines including Orion, The Sun, and Best Essays Northwest, and a number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac." Goodrich worked for twenty-five years as a professional gardener before earning his MFA in creative writing at OSU.