Dr. Edward Glowienka is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Carroll College, where he has taught since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University. A scholar of 17th and 18th C. philosophy, Ed is the author of Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Harmony. Ed brings expertise on the intellectual sources for contemporary understandings of nature. He is interested in how the metaphors and concepts we use to interpret nature shape our interactions with it.
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 also an education writer and has written for publications such as Education Week, ASCD, Edutopia, and Learning For Justice. Christina is also a 2021 National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. 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 in the seminar as well as advise 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 is a past Poet Laureate of Montana. 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. In 2008, Mike was honored to be chosen as the Indian Educator of the Year by the Montana Indian Education Association.
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. 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.