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2008 - Southern Political Science Association Words: 264 words || 
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1. Mhire, Jeremy. "Just How 'Natural' Are Natural Rights? The Battle over Nature and the Future of Modern Natural Right" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel Intercontinental, New Orleans, LA, <Not Available>. 2019-05-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p212814_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: At the time of the founding, men such as Jefferson could speak confidently of nature as that which was common to all men as men. Nature served as a foundation for a new experiment in liberty by providing a standard of right to which all had access while also sustaining common opinion and action. But though it may be truer now than ever that no distinction between men can be drawn from nature as such, the concomitant ability of nature to serve as a foundation for the practice of liberty has been drawn into question. Whether through the progress of science, which strives to see man in light of nature’s blind and indifferent processes, or from the insights of philosophy, which reject if not deride the idea of something outside of man serving as his guide, it no longer seems true that nature has any relation to liberty. Yet if it is true that our practice of liberty requires a foundation that at once both binds and guides, then the question of nature can no longer be ignored. This paper first seeks to assess the threat our contemporary understanding of nature poses to our practice of liberty by pointing out the implications of the latter continuing to take its bearings by the former’s theoretical orientation. Secondly, this paper will attempt to sketch a new, more productive relationship between nature and liberty by asking not what the former can say to the latter, but instead what the latter can show the former about the nature of man, and therewith, about the nature of right.

2008 - APSA 2008 Annual Meeting Pages: 14 pages || Words: 4301 words || 
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2. Stoner, James. "Natural Law, Natural Right, and Nature: Strauss on Catholicism, Aristotelianism, and Modern Science" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the APSA 2008 Annual Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug 28, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2019-05-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p281128_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript

2015 - ASEH Annual Conference - Washington, D.C. Words: 280 words || 
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3. Voyles, Traci. "Nature’s Wasteland or Nature’s Wonder? Uranium Mining and Nature Tourism in Navajo Country" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Annual Conference - Washington, D.C., Washington Marriott, Washington, DC, <Not Available>. 2019-05-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p950515_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: In the 1950s and 1960s, Diné (Navajo) land came to host two seemingly oppositional new industries: uranium mining and nature tourism. While uranium companies wreaked havoc on the natural environment, blasting away at some of the Southwest’s most distinctive desert landscapes, nature tourists arrived in droves to admire the same landscape, elevating parts of it to the status of protected monument. Uranium companies found the Navajos to be a good source of cheap labor, yet tourists found the Diné a romantic relic of an imagined colonial past. Correspondingly, whereas Diné workers in uranium mines were mostly underpaid men, in tourism, they were women and children posing for tourist photographs. This contrast was particularly striking in Tsé bii’nidzisgai, or Monument Valley, where the valley’s now-famous red buttes were sometimes mined into nonexistence and sometimes featured as the quintessential setting for the Hollywood Western.

This paper explores the material and ideological connections between uranium mining and tourism on Diné land in these decades, looking to the ways in which the same landscapes could inspire radically different notions about both nature and people - and their respective worth. This history reveals the ways in which Navajo country was not just rendered accessible to uranium hunters, but also, in seeming contrast to the explicit destructiveness of the uranium industry, to moviemakers, travelogue journalists, and tourists who celebrated it as part of the nation’s natural and narrative heritage. In building the roads that made Diné land accessible to tourists and filmgoers, uranium mining became the unlikely catalyst allowing what uranium hunters considered “wasteland” to be reclaimed as a landscape integral to - in fact constitutive of - the imagined community of the settler colonial nation state.

2012 - Southern Political Science Association Pages: unavailable || Words: 9033 words || 
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4. Gooch, Donald. and Rogers, Michael. "A Natural Disaster of Civic Proportions: College Students in the Natural State Fall Short of the Naturalization Benchmark" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel InterContinental, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 12, 2012 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-05-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p544297_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Democracy depends on an informed citizenry holding public officials accountable for their policies in regular elections. Theory suggests an ignorant citizenry is incapable of serving in this capacity. The APSA has recently made civic literacy a priority in civic education. Using a convenience sample of Arkansas Tech students taking American Government from 2008 to 2011, we assess the extent of student civic literacy across four dimensions: American political heritage, government structure, current politics, and the Constitution. Our instrument consists of 25 questions drawn from the bank of USCIS naturalization test questions. The findings are grim: using the naturalization benchmark (60%) and a letter grade-based benchmark, we find that 86.5% of ATU students failed the naturalization test, while 96% failed to score a “C” or better on civic literacy. Contrary to previous research, we found significant improvement in civic literacy among ATU students after their government class in the fall of 2010 employing a pre-posttest design. Over 70% of students showed improvement in civic literacy. Furthermore, while 80% of the students failed to meet the naturalization benchmark in the pretest, less than a third failed to meet it in the post-test. We conclude, civic education is an effective ameliorative for civic literacy deficits.

2008 - North American Association For Environmental Education Words: 298 words || 
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5. Hill-Menson, Toni. "Learning and Teaching Naturally: An Assessment of Nature Education Workshops in a University Introduction to Early Childhood Education Course" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Association For Environmental Education, Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kansas, <Not Available>. 2019-05-22 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p245366_index.html>
Publication Type: Presentation
Abstract: New forms of nature education for young children require new forms of nature education for their teachers. This presentation will focus on work at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) to foster a more intentional and deliberate inclusion of nature education in the preservice early childhood education program.

The literature is growing on the importance of nature and environmental education for young children while less information exists on preparing tomorrow’s teachers for this new emphasis. In response, UNL instructors are working to infuse knowledge and skills related to nature education throughout the students’ program of study. This presentation will focus on work in the introductory course, CYAF 170, Introduction to Early Care and Education. For two years (Fall 2006 and Fall 2007), students enrolled in this course in the Child, Youth and Family Studies department have received information on the importance of nature education and have participated in hands-on nature education workshops.

Student perceptions of individual skill levels were assessed and documented each year both in class and in the field. Students completed surveys pre- and post- workshop. Students also completed detailed reaction papers about the experience. Photographic and videotaped images were also captured throughout the workshops.

Analysis of results from the two nature workshops show that students self-reported limited nature education skills before the workshop. Similarly, students reported they did not feel they could provide young children with meaningful nature experiences before the workshop. Both years, students showed a positive change in their perception of skill and ability post workshop. Students' reflection papers often supplemented these findings, and providing qualitative evidence in the students own words about changes in their knowledge and perceptions of competence in providing meaningful experiences in and about nature for young children.

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