Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Mr. Jack Loeffler
Email loeffler@newmexico.com
Organization Lore of the Land
Title Board member
Phone 505/466-0490
Address 7 Avenida Vista Grande
B-7, #119
Santa Fe, NM  87508
US
Biographical Info Jack Loeffler is a writer, aural historian, radio producer and sound collage artist who has hunted and gathered sound throughout the American West, Mexico and beyond for more than forty years. He has written a number of books, including "La Musica de los Viejitos: The Hispano Folk Music of the Rio Grande del Norte" and "Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey. He is proprietor of the Peregrine Arts Sound Archive in Santa Fe, and his extensive collection of recordings is currently being digitally duplicated, to be donated to the Museum of New Mexico.
Program Title THINKING LIKE A WATERSHED
 
Program Description Loeffler focuses on the importance of perceiving watersheds as complete eco-systems of which their own species is but one of many. He addresses the effects of damming wild rivers, the imposition of geo-political boundaries and the error of perceiving water as a commodity to be turned into money. He illustrates diverse points of view from interviews he has recorded with in the Columbia, Colorado and Rio Grande watersheds. He cites the revered Russian philosopher, Pyotr Kropotkin, who contended that evolution of species and culture owes far more to mutual cooperation than to mutual antagonism.
Series Sustaining Community
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Program Title THE PRACTICE OF AURAL HISTORY
 
Program Description Aural history is the recorded documentation of sound. The term may be defined as the audio recording of an event, spoken narrative as in oral history, ambient sound, seasonal sounds of specific habitats, voices of individual species. Jack Loeffler has been engaged in aural history since 1964 and has amassed a sizable archive which will be donated to the Palace of the Governors History Museum of New Mexico. He draws from this archive and his extensive experience to provide audio glimpses into the extraordinary aural mosaic that mantles the southwestern quadrant of the North American continent.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Sustaining Community
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Program Title ADVENTURES WITH ED
 
Program Description This talk addresses the life of environmental anarchist Edward Abbey and includes readings from Loeffler's biographical memoir of his late best friend. Together, Abbey and Loeffler ranged the American Southwest engaged in a conversation that lasted for decades. Loeffler recalls some adventures and speaks of the complex points of view that led Abbey to launch the radical environmental movement.
Series Writers, Storytellers and Poets
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