Bruce Beckum, Professor, Communications and Humanities
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Texas at El Paso
- M.A. in Communications, Stephen F. Austin State University
- B.S. in Journalism, University of Kansas
Sustainability Studies Courses
- SUS 320 Literature for Change
- SUS 420 Writing for Sustainability
- PHI 218 Environmental Ethics
My involvement in the Sustainability Studies program and sustainability movement stems from and mirrors my deep love and appreciation for the both people and wild places. The interdisciplinary nature of our program reflects my own philosophical beliefs in education and the necessity to address our environmental problems globally, locally, ethically, intellectually and emotionally. The concentric overlaps of political, economic and cultural influences demand problem-solvers able to understand and navigate multiple levels of needs, meanings and desires.
It is my work to try to develop minds capable of coping with the difficult choices ahead. I belong to Association for the Study of Literature and the environment. Higher education is often criticized for being heavy on fact and light on wisdom. However, it is through voices like Terry Tempest Williams and Craig Childs that the heart and the mind come together and perhaps approach the type of wisdom needed to move forward. I am passionate about helping students discover great voices in the field of environmental literature and, eventually, their own voices.
Location: Steamboat Springs
Office: Bristol Hall 227