Roundtable on Environmental Writing

“An environment of hate – whether it is subliminal or overt, directed towards nature or cultures – perpetuates a polluted atmosphere.

This pollution comes at a tremendous cost: a social cost, a medical cost, an ecological cost, an economic cost. And the pollution, in the form of racism, atmospheric particulate matter, and greenhouse gases, circulates and infiltrates everyone’s lives.

Right now in the United States, because of high-profile cases of police brutality, people are wearing T-shirts that say “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe.”

I believe that all lives matter, and if one of us is having trouble breathing, then we all are suffocating, in one way or another.”

(My words, part of a Spring 2015 roundtable.)

Bellevue Roundtable 2015

Two years ago, my essay entitled “All Our Relations” was published, along with the work of other fine writers, in a special issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. The essay was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and inspired an invitation for me to participate in a writer’s roundtable with Ben Goldfarb and Martha Serpas.

The transcript from the roundtable, compiled by associate editor Monica Wendel, can be found here, and also is also available as a PDF. I’d be interested in your reactions.



Last year a committee of San José State University students hosted a mix of impressive people on our TEDxSJSU 2015 stage where they shared a diverse set of viewpoints.

We’re excited to announce all eight talks can be freely accessed through the DrPfeiffer YouTube channel, on the TEDxSJSU 2015 playlist.

Christina Ngo, a fluid engineer at NASA, articulates the challenges of creating more LGBT-friendly workplaces. Pomo healer MarTan Martinez describes how to own one’s cultural identity. Nina G, “the world’s only female stuttering comedian,” teaches us how to be allies for the disabled. Business entreprenuer James Kao encourages collaborative approaches to dealing with e[electronic]-waste. Cultural activist Nathan Kiwere advocates for more protection of the animal totems of Uganda.

Joining our live speakers were TED talks by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminding us of the power of more than one story, Gaza photojournalist Eman Mohammed bravely telling untold stories in war zones, and filmmaker Lord David Puttman on how understanding the history of slavery can alter how we address climate change.

We encourage you to join the millions of others who have viewed these talks. Prepare to be inspired!