Dr. Jason Peters, Dorothy J. Parkander Professor of Literature at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., will consider sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability through the address “What is Wendell Berry For?” at Hope College on Thursday, April 3, at 4 p.m. room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Berry is known to many as a leading voice defending sustainable agricultural practices, encouraging environmental sustainability, and providing incisive cultural criticism. He is also recognized as an important poet and novelist.
Peters, who is the Dorothy J. Parkander Professor of Literature at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., is the editor of the book “Wendell Berry: Life and Work,” and he has also written a variety of articles about Berry and reviews of Berry’s written work. Peters is also one of the coordinators of the Environmental Studies program at Augustana and a faculty advisor to the Augustana Local Agriculture Society (ALAS), which maintains a vegetable garden on campus.
Peters received his B.A. from Calvin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His teaching interests include British and American Romanticism, Catholic fiction and environmental literature; in addition to Berry, his research past and present has focused on Owen Barfield, Flannery O’Connor and the Southern Agrarians.
The Schaap Science Center is located at 35 E. 12th St., at 12th Street and College Avenue. Room 1000 is adjacent to the ground level of the building’s main atrium.