Professor Hershey Launches Website and On-Line Book for Globalization and Ecoliterate Law
Professor Robert Hershey recently launched EcoLiterateLaw.com (www.EcoliterateLaw.com), an innovative online textbook and related materials that explore issues involved in globalization and the “transformation of cultures and humanity.”
Thought to be one of the first freely-available curricula of its kind in the country, EcoLiterateLaw uses modern technology as a platform for viewing the effects of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective. Legal, philosophical, economic, sociological, and anthropological points of view are included in chapters dealing with topics as diverse as food and water access, the population explosion, the environment and technology on the precipice, and the special impacts of globalization on Indigenous Peoples. In addition to the full textbook on EcoLiterateLaw.com, Hershey also maintains a blog, is developing an attorney camp for oppositional law, and provides information about the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program at the College of Law.
He describes EcoLiterateLaw as both a “curriculum and a toolkit” for understanding the frequently-dismissed consequences of globalization, even challenging assumptions as basic as its definition. The materials were many years in the making, and have already attracted a following in the human ecology community.
Hershey’s interest was sparked at an interdisciplinary conference and ‘teach in,’ broadly construed as “The Case Against Globalization,” at the University of California-Berkeley. Sponsored in 1996 by the International Forum on Globalization, “many speakers were opposed to looking at globalization as progress without questioning the destabilizing bruteness that it often produced,” Hershey notes. “I thought that the material could become a great class, and developed a course curriculum that took into account the environmental and cultural impacts of this 'progress.”
Throughout his years in teaching the course and related classes, Hershey conducted more research and began to outline a free or inexpensive way to balance what was being taught in legal and business schools. He hopes that EcoLiterateLaw is ultimately used by both academic and consumer groups, and has seen interest among non-governmental organizations for similar materials.
Professor Hershey serves on the faculties of the College of Law and the American Indian Studies department, and teaches on globalization and the preservation of culture. He has served as counsel for the Fort Defiance Agency of Dinebeiina Nahilna Be Agaditahe (DNA Legal Services) on the Navajo Indian Reservation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. He has served as Judge Pro Tempore for the Tohono O'odham Nation's Judiciary since 1989.