BSC professor’s essay accepted for journal
Published: Nov 17 2015
An essay by Jane Schreck, professor of English at Bismarck State College, was published in the November 2015 issue of the Journal of Sustainability Education.
Titled “Why We Need Wendell Berry,” the essay derives from Schreck’s dissertation research on Berry and his thoughts on higher education.
Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer. The BSC Visiting Writers Series brought him to Bismarck in 2004 for a public reading and other events.
Schreck’s essay chronicles three personal experiences that clarified for her how societies worldwide need to internalize Berry’s stewardship philosophy if humans want to survive. The essay mentions her interview with Berry, in which he said that doing permanent damage to the ecosphere is not forgivable, a foundational perspective that pervades his work from farming to writing.
About Bismarck State College
Bismarck State College, an innovative community college in Bismarck, N.D., offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities. For more information, visit bismarckstate.edu.
The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts. JSE is a peer-reviewed, open access trans- and interdisciplinary e-journal.
About Wendell Berry
A prolific author, Wendell E. Berry has written many novels, short stories, poems, and essays. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is also a 2013 Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berry was named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. On January 28, 2015, he became the first living writer to be ushered into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.