Jennifer Ladino | Memorials Matter
Professor Ladino will read selections from her new book, Memorials Matter. The short reading will be followed by a conversation about public memory, emotions about place, and tourism in the American West.
Jennifer Ladino is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Idaho, where she specializes in American literature and the environmental humanities. Her first book Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature (U Virginia P, 2012) was a finalist for the ASLE book award in 2013. She has also co-edited a volume of essays, called Affective Ecocriticism: Emotion, Embodiment, Environment (U Nebraska P, 2018). She has published on a range of authors and topics, including Wallace Stegner’s frontier rhetoric, Marianne Moore’s collage poem about Mount Rainier, the films Grizzly Man and March of the Penguins, and Maya Lin’s memorial website, “What is Missing?” Happiest when she’s adventuring or traveling (or both), Ladino worked as a National Park Service ranger for thirteen summers, all of them in Grand Teton National Park--the place that initiated her love of the West when she accepted an entrance station job on a romantic whim and found herself transplanted from Virginia to Wyoming at age 20. She co-founded the University of Idaho’s Semester in the Wild Program and teaches in it regularly. She has also been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Bergen, in Norway, and a Visiting Fellow at Bath Spa University, in England.