The short answer is, this spring 2014 semester I’ll be co-teaching HPS 591 Masters of nonfiction with Gregg Zachary and Joel Garreau and otherwise reconstructing from the ground up both my Fire and Exploration courses – a major commitment. Office hours will be irregular, but usually I’ll be around W 11:00-12n, LSA 220.
The graduate Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and Publication has received final approval and will active for Fall, 2014. I continue to develop courses and events and to explore ways to leverage it more widely.
Regarding, research now that Fire: Nature and Culture and Fire on Earth: An Introduction, are finally in print, I’ll turn my attention to wrangling my sprawling modern fire history of the U.S. since 1960 into publication.
My major effort continues to be a survey of American fire history since 1960. The idea was to write two books, one a grand narrative (the play by play, as it were), and other other, a collection of essays (the color commentary). The narrative will be published by the Forest Service, with a target of October 2014. The commentary – over 200 posts – self-organized into five regional suites, along with another anthology of topical essays. I need to round up a few stray essays and complete the matrix for the Southwest, but they, too, are out for review. For details see the project website.
Recent commentaries of interest include an op/ed in the Arizona Republic on the Yarnell Hill tragedy, a survey of the American fire scene for the Washington Post, a general piece on why we are not at war with fire for Project Syndicate after the Black Forest fire in Colorado, and a tribute to Voyager the indomitable, now questing in interstellar space.
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