Julianne Lutz Warren

Julianne Lutz Warren

Warren, Julianne Lutz



                  Julianne Warren CV.pdf

 Dr. Warren is author of Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey, a book unfolding the journey of the twentieth-century American ecologist and author of A Sand County Almanac toward his idea of land health. Dr. Warren also has authored a variety of other scholarly and creative works about human relationships within the world-of-life emphasizing the need for revived cultures of generativity.

 Dr. Warren’s Ph.D. is in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. She formerly taught in the areas of environmental studies at New York University where she was a 2013 recipient of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Research Award for her work in the climate justice movement. Presently Dr. Warren serves as a Fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature.

Main Works

Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey (2006)

“Leading Questions,” in Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook, ed. D. R. Gallagher  


“Science, Recreation, and Leopold’s Quest for a Durable Scale,” in The Wilderness Debate Rages On, eds. M. Nelson and J. B. Callicott (2008)

“Urgent: Dreams,” in The Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2011)

“Extinct Birdsong: Huia Echoes,” exhibited in the “Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities” Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany (2015)

Title: Toward Authentic Hope in the Anthropocene: Integrating Science, Poetry, and Song

Abstract: Ecologists and other scientists have helped us understand some of the observable, complexly rippling consequences of unprecedentedly intense land uses while also punctuating the dark uncertainties of the future. Modern farming and other industries with bustling cities fueled by fossil hydrocarbons have supported more people and have yielded more wealth than ever. Paradoxically, these life ways also are spinning off deepening poverty, pollution, climate change and mass extinction. These interacting consequences are so widespread that geologists are considering naming a new epoch—the “Anthropocene”—characterized by domination of Earth by some of its humans.

 Now all of Earth’s humans have become subject to the physical challenges of increasing droughts on the one hand and storms with melting ice and rising seas on the other, epidemics of disease, failed crops and lack of traditional prey. These may be accompanied by many griefs over what is already lost and fears of what is unknown and yet to come. It is, however, those least responsible for these rising challenges—including those living within “thin walls,” future generations and other life forms—who tend to be most vulnerable to such unfolding hardships. While for some of those most responsible—that is, for some of the members of an expanding Western culture of Empire—the unjust distributions of wealth and suffering exist side-by-side with a frustrating sense of powerlessness to make things right.

 Crossing cultures, generations, and classes, therefore, many people on this planet now are grappling with what, if anything, hope may mean. Though science has helped us better grasp planetary conditions, helping people to find meaning, if not authentic hope, is a charge for poets.

I will juxtapose two poems with that charge in mind—“Without” by Gary Snyder and “Learning a Dead Language” by W.S. Merwin. Merwin discovers: “What you remember is saved./…What you remember saves you.” While, Snyder writes, “the end is grace—ease/healing,/not saving./singing/the proof/the proof of the power within.” Interweaving the poets’ insights, I will play a recording of the song of a now-extinct bird. Learning this song might help save some of us to organize and more skillfully participate—blending science and art—with a healing Earth.