UM’s Environmental Studies Graduate Program

UM’s Environmental Studies Graduate Program

October 10, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[Light, upbeat instrumental music] Genievieve:”I love the intersection between nature and people. Where do those two things start interacting.” Colin: “It’s really meant to be a conversation among disciplines. It’s not just any one particular approach to studying the environment. Scientists and teachers and policymakers and writers, basically any direction you want to come at it, we’re all meeting together and we’re meant to be talking about it so that we can consider things in more than one light.” Caroline: “I wanted to be surrounded by peers who were doing inspiring work, both academic work and creative work, and that was certainly true.” Nick: “Some of the best writers alive were invited to come here and work with us. I don’t know any other program that has that level of environmental humanities and environmental writing access.” Josh: “The experience of being at the farm is not like a job and it’s not like school. It’s like something richer than both.” Nick: “I lived at the FLAT which is the ‘Form for Living with Appropriate Technology’ for two years and that was an immediate community. I didn’t know anybody when I first moved here.” Colin:”Environmental studies is really what you make of it. So, for example, I took a bunch of Environmental Studies classes, but I also took journalism classes and creative writing classes.” Genievieve: “The professors are amazing, there’s a sort of, they have both an activist hands-on kind of approach as well as being quite academic.” Caroline: “It’s hard to think of them as a group because they’re all such individuals and that’s really true in the EVSTprogram that you get to know the faculty as individuals.” Nick: “They are here to fully, fully support their cohort of students and they just kind of transformed this idea of academia for me.” Colin: “Missoula is so special for just the access to recreation and wilderness. True wilderness, not just, you know popular hiking trails, but you can go deep into the backcountry by yourself and have that relationship with nature.” Caroline: “I wanted be at a place where there was a really established enviromental program and in a place that had a really established environmental community.” Colin: “That is really important for studying environmentalism.” Nick: “Makes sense to learn these principles at a graduate-level in a place like Missoula where there is unbelievable wilderness right outside my door.” [Light, upbeat instrumental music]