Dr. Edward Glowienka is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College, where he has taught since 2013He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University. A scholar of 17th and 18th C. philosophy, Ed brings expertise on the intellectual sources for contemporary understandings of nature, such as the link between knowledge and power over nature in the scientific revolution, subsequent debates over teleological and mechanical understandings of nature, and the reaction to Enlightenment understandings of subjectivity and autonomy that separate humans from the rest of nature. Ed is the author of Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Harmony.
Ed has served as co-director of “Re-Enchanting Nature” twice previously. He brings experience teaching in interdisciplinary settings and a Socratic spirit of wonder and dialogue. he looks forward to discussing with participants both the promises and perils of contemporary approaches to nature.
Corrie Williamson holds an MFA in Poetry, and has taught writing, literature, and environmental studies at Carroll College, Helena College, and the University of Arkansas. Her background also includes a position as a Naturalist Instructor in Yellowstone National Park, serving as the Director of the Arkansas Writers in the Schools Program, leading youth conservation crews, and conducting outreach in Montana’s environmental nonprofit sector. Corrie is the author of two books of poetry. The River Where You Forgot My Name (2019) was named a Montana Book Award Honor Book by the Montana Library Association. Her first book, Sweet Husk, won the 2014 Perugia Press Prize, and was a finalist for the 2015 Library of Virginia Poetry Award.
Corrie brings experience using interdisciplinary and immersive approaches to help teachers and students engage with and grow their awareness of their relationship with the natural world.
Christina Torres is an eighth-grade English teacher at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She is a writer for Education Week’s blog “The Intersection,” and her work as also appeared in “Teaching Tolerance” and PRX’s “On Being.” A scholar in our 2017 seminar, Christina will serve as our K-12 advisor where she will work with our attendees to share her experience implementing what she learned on the seminar as well as advise the them on pedagogy and curriculum and develop experiential learning opportunities.
Dr. Grant Hokit has taught biology and ecology at Carroll College for over twenty years. As a scientist, he acknowledges that “the human dimension is critically important in managing the landscape for future generations” and he very much wants to be involved in conversations that bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences.
Melissa Kwasny received her MFA from University of Montana; she is an adjunct professor at Carroll. She is an acclaimed poet, essayist and novelist who uses her medium to maintain an intimate and ongoing relationship with nature; she believes that seeing humankind and the natural world as a unified whole is key to understanding our existence.
Mike Jetty is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a Turtle Mountain Chippewa descendant. Mike works at the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian Education Specialist. He has been working with Indian Education issues for the past 25 years and has teaching experience at both the K-12 and University level. He has a B.S. in History Education, a Master’s in School Administration and an Education Specialist Degree. In 2008, Mike was honored to be chosen as the Indian Educator of the Year by the Montana Indian Education Association. In the last 12 years, he has provided over 200 Indian Education workshops for over 3500 educators.
Shane Doyle, Ed.D. is a Crow tribal member who grew up in Crow Agency, and currently resides in Bozeman, MT. A singer of Northern Plains tribal style of music for 30 years, Shane also holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and completed a post-doctoral appointment in genetics with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2016. With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Doyle is a full-time educational and cultural consultant, designing American Indian curriculum for many organizations, including Montana public schools, the National Park Service, and the Museum of the Rockies. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bozeman-based Extreme History Project, Hopa Mountain, and the Archaeological Conservancy, as well as serving on the Montana Arts Council culture and aesthetics committee and the Governors Parks in Focus Committee. Dr. Doyle was a founding member of the Montana Wilderness Association's Hold Our Ground Campaign in 2017, and speaks throughout the region on the topics of northern Plains Tribal culture and the importance of public lands in Montana. Dr Doyle was instrumental in the repatriation of the Anzick Clovis Child, and worked as a consultant and actor for the History Channel’s Lost Treasure of the Little Bighorn Battle, set to premiere in the fall of 2018. He and his wife Megkian are blessed with five children, ages 5 - 14.