A Story of DERT
From Amanda Lueck
The founders of the Diverse Environmentalisms Research Team (DERT), Dr. John McDowell, Dr. Sue Tuohy, and Dr. Rebecca Dirksen, discuss the origins of the group, remembering the collaboration that led to its creation. They describe the experience of realizing how many of their colleagues in folklore, ethnomusicology, and anthropology had work that aligned research on expressive culture in relation to environmental concerns. They speak about the importance of 'diverse environmentalisms' within their fields, and how they looked to contribute to both the fields and environmental research through their work. Dr. Dirksen also speaks to the future of the group, intending to widen the goals to include environmental justice as a key feature of DERT's research.