News & Events
Take a look at what is currently happening with the Environmental Humanities Minor!
Feb. 7: The Baylor Community Garden Is Calling You!
Compost Volunteer Workshop
1:00 p.m. at the Baylor Community Garden
Last semester, Baylor students composted 2,138 lbs of food scraps to address climate change and grow food for our community. We need you to keep it growing! Email CommunityGarden@baylor.edu if you are interested or have questions.
Feb. 9: Environmental Humanities Minor Interest Meeting
Learn about Classes, Meet Students & Faculty!
3:30 p.m. Carroll Science Room 204
Email Joshua_King@baylor.edu if you are interested or have questions.
Feb. 21/Feb. 23: Environmental Humanities R&R (Relate & Regenerate)
2:30 p.m. Creekmore Conference Room in Jones Library (click here for location in library)
We're hosting two meetings at 2:30 on Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Pick the one that works best for you (email Joshua_King@baylor.edu if you have not already confirmed).
All Environmental Humanities faculty and contributors are invited, as well as anyone interested in joining the team! We'll discuss plans for Earth Day 2024 events, a special upcoming Summer Ethics Seminar on involving classes in local food and environmental justice efforts, work on a shared research project, and important ideas for building community and hosting future events in response to feedback from students in the minor.
Feb. 24: Workshop on Organic Gardening for Our Community
9-11 a.m., Baylor Community Garden, 1701 S. 9th Street, Waco—right next to campus at the corner of 9th and James (click here for location on map)
Free but registration required: Click here to register to attend.
We especially encourage students to join us for a one-time class at the Baylor Community Garden on how to grow food sustainably and organically for our local community. You'll also learn how you can start contributing right now at the Baylor Community Garden. The workshop will be led by Grant Hall, Lead Cultivator and Community Educator at the World Hunger Relief Institute.
Summer Ethics Seminar (May 20-24, 2024): Engaged Learning for Local Food and Environmental Justice
- Josh King (English; Director, Environmental Humanities; Affiliated Faculty, Baylor Ethics Initiative)
- Paul Martens (Religion; Director of Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Arts & Sciences; Director, Baylor Ethics Initiative)
Waco’s diverse and vibrant communities face poverty and food insecurity rates that significantly exceed that of the state and nation, as excess healthcare costs associated with local food insecurity rise to $53,594,339 annually. Many of these neighborhoods are also in the most vulnerable categories for nutritional and environmental threats driven by climate change, itself exacerbated by methane emissions from wasted food rotting in our landfill. How can Baylor classes engage students in transdisciplinary research and service learning to cocreate a just local food ecosystem that nourishes communities and their environments? This Summer Ethics Seminar will equip instructors from diverse disciplines to ask and find answers to this challenge, encouraging (but not limited to) development of learning opportunities that contribute to Baylor’s new Environmental Humanities Minor and the Engaged Learning Distribution List in the Common Core. Sessions will involve ethical and theoretical reflection, practical workshops, and site visits, including discussions with Baylor faculty and community leaders involved in a grant-funded effort, the SCRAP Collective (Sustainable Community and Regenerative Agriculture Project).
This seminar is generously sponsored by the Academy for Teaching and Learning, the Baylor Ethics Initiative, and funders of the SCRAP Collective (the Funders Network and the Cooper Foundation).
Dr. Joshua King (English) and Dr. Stephanie Boddie (Social Work, Education, Truett) are part of SCRAP (Sustainable Community and Regenerative Agriculture Project), a collective that has received a $300,000 grant from the Cooper Foundation and the Funders Network, which each contributed $150,000. This grant will allow SCRAP to address the climate crisis and food justice in Waco in collaboration with the new Environmental Humanities minor. Read the full press release here.
The SCRAP Collective and Environmental Humanities Minor have been featured in a recent article in the Wacoan magazine. Click here to read more!
In Sept. 2022, EH faculty partnered with several departments and Truett's Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice program to sponsor a talk by Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, Executive Director of the Black Church Food Security Network. A large crowd from across the campus and the wider region attended. Click here to see a recording of Rev. Dr. Heber's dynamic presentation.
Check out this Lariat article on the Environmental Humanities minor!
Check out what Drs. Josh King, Julie King, and Stephanie Boddie have to say to the A&S Magazine about the Environmental Humanities minor!!