Biocitizen is so pleased to welcome Charlie Schine as a lead teacher!
Charlie is a Brooklyn native and presently teaches Field Environmental Philosophy at our Western Massachusetts school. He can’t wait to walk with students through the places loves the most.
Hi! I’m a recent graduate from Wesleyan University and although I majored in music, my studies always seemed to circle around environmentalism and the more-than-human world, a cross pollination which began the summer after his freshman year when, hoping to have an unusual experience with sound and recording technologies, I interned at an orca whale research lab on an island off the the northern pacific coast of Canada.
Here I spent two months listening to the orcas with underwater microphones. The intimacy with the more-than-human world that these listening sessions afforded was a formative experience for me, and I’ve focussed my subsequent studies on thinking about the dense web of meanings that permeates the natural world, and how we, as humans, might better listen to its many voices. In my senior year I participated in Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment Think Tank whose theme was “Meaningful Worlds — Listening and Learning Beyond the Human.” I’m beyond excited to share his ideas with students in the context of Field Environmental Philosophy.
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, only a couple blocks away from Prospect Park, and know it and the city like the back of my hand. Since I was nine, I spent summers in Vermont at a camp called Farm and Wilderness where I learned to appreciate rustic living and how to respectfully and responsibly inhabit the natural world. My counselors were some of the most important role models in my life, and when I was 18 I became a counselor myself. I worked at Farm and Wilderness for three summers, teaching campers about outdoor living skills, leading hiking trips, and guiding campers through barn chores and farm work, among other things.
I am looking forward to sharing this love nature and the outdoors with students from my home town, and excited to learn from them, listen to their stories, and to see the surrounding world through their eyes. New York City is a story we live in!