History, Art & Culture

Mindy Kronenberg

Mindy Kronenberg, Long Island Center, Hauppauge Unit, SUNY Empire State College writes:

“The study of human evolution, the building of our societies, scientific/technological developments, and artistic reflection through the ages provide numerous lens┬áto study and understand a broad spectrum of the concepts of sustainability. Historical studies place light on how our ancesters lived, traveled and populated the global landscape, creating, integrating or eliminating cultural rituals from new and expanding territories, and adapting to new environments and utilizing natural resources. The sciences reveal the ecological and environmental changes of our planet, the impact of human advancement, and investigate possibilities for the preservation of our ecosystems, both natural and cultivated flora and fauna, and our burgeoning communities. Literature and the arts gives us an opportunity to examine the creative process as an instrument connecting nature to the human imagination, personal expression as a conduit for social consciousness that can encourage a new aesthetic based on ecological awareness. This broad aegis can include subtopics such as environmental history, ecological anthropology, nature and art, literature and media, environmental and social justice, religion, spirituality, and nature, as well as nature and creative expression.”