Cornerstone Press launches new title, series

For the Metro Wire

A philosopher at the forefront of the environmental ethics movement will be at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this month to help launch a new academic book series named for him through the student-run Cornerstone Press.

The J. Baird Callicott Environmental Humanities Series will be launched from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Michelsen Hall of the Noel Fine Arts Center. The first book, “Ecological Reflections on Post-Capitalist Society,” by university lecturer Clint Jones, will be on sale. Both Callicott and Jones will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The series will include lecture and peer-reviewed works that allow readers to reflect on environmental issues as they relate to various academic areas.

“The goal is to engage the local community, faculty, and students through environmental awareness,” said Madeline Krueger, Cornerstone’s marketing director, and a senior studying marketing and creative writing. Cornerstone Press plans another volume in the series in fall 2019.

“Ecological Reflections” is a collection of essays on a wide range of subjects, such as political ecology, feminism, race theory and Marxism. By radically reconceptualizing how people personally, socially and communally inhabit environmental spaces, Jones argues that it is possible to develop a more thorough appreciation of what it means to be in the world.

“The topics are all cutting-edge contemporary and the discussion of them is well informed by the latest relevant literature. It’s a great read,” said Callicott.

Callicott is a retired University Distinguished Research Professor and member of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Texas. He taught the world’s first environmental ethics course at UWSP during his 1969-1995 tenure at the university. He has served as the vice president and president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

Jones is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at UWSP, where he specializes in environmental, social and political philosophy. He has written previous works on the environment in post annihilation graphic novels and the genealogy of social violence and co-edited a multidisciplinary study on the individual and utopia.

Cornerstone Press, established in 1984, is run by students taking a series of publishing courses and internships offered by the English Department at UWSP. It operates with the support of the English Department and College of Letters and Science and is taught by Ross Tangedal, an assistant professor of English. Students have hands-on experiences in all aspects of publishing, from editing to marketing the finished product.

For more information, go to www.uwsp.edu/cornerstone.

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