Wildness Events

"The Future of Wildness" Discussion and Reading

Thursday, July 20, 6–8 P.M • Teton County Library, 125 virginian lane, jackson, WY 83001

John Hausdoerffer Author and Center fellow John Hausdoerffer will lead a discussion on “The Future of Wildness” and read from his new co-edited volume Wildness: Relations of People and Place. “Where ‘wilderness’ has become a divisive term in the environmental community,” explains Hausdoerffer, “’wildness’ has great potential to connect disparate branches of environmentalism. I look forward to exploring that potential with the Jackson community.” Free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, July 19, Hausdoerffer will also be interviewed on the Wyoming Public Radio show, ThinkWY Radio—a program supported by the Wyoming Humanities Council. 

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"The Future of Wildness" Discussions and Readings in New Mexico

BookworksAuthors John Hausdoerffer and Gavin Van Horn, along with award-winning writers Aaron Abeyta and Courtney White, will lead discussions on “The Future of Wildness” and read from their new co-edited volume Wildness: Relations of People and Place (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Wildness features creative nonfiction essays that explore the spectrum of wildness found in wilderness areas, on working landscapes, and in urban communities. Free and open to the public.

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Wildness Story Slam

Tuesday, August 22, 6–8 p.m. • lincoln park zoo - cafe brauer, 2021 north stockton drive, chicago, il

A Wine and Wildlife talk at Cafe BrauerAs part of Lincoln Park Zoo's "Wine & Wildlife" series, the Center for Humans and Nature and the Urban Wildlife Institute will co-host a Wildness Story Slam at the zoo. Storytellers, poets, and contributors to Wildness will spin short, five-minute yarns about urban wildlife around the theme "Surprised by Wildness." Gavin Van Horn, co-editor of Wildness, will emcee and sign books. Admission is $17 ($14 for Lincoln Park Zoo members). For participants ages 18 and older. Cash bar on site, light hors d’oeuvres served. Register here.

Interested in telling a wildness story? You can submit your five-minute story about an unexpected or surprising encounter with urban wildlife for a chance to tell your story at the event. A panel of judges will select up to 10 stories to be shared, and each winner will receive two free tickets for the event. Submit your story here by July 21.