Saundra Tara Weiss holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She is an Associate Professor of English. She teaches both literature and second language learning developmental courses at Kingsborough Community College. She also serves as the Associate Academic Director/ESL of the Reading and Writing Center. She is co-founder of Kingsborough’s Annual Award Winning Eco-Festival. In MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association), she serves as Area Chair of Environment and Culture. She has also presented papers at the MLA, the International Society for Phenomenology, the Fine Arts and Aesthetics Conference, the International Society for Phenomenology and Literature and the Mid-Atlantic Popular / American Culture Association. Recent publications include “Ideas in Practice: Professional Development to Manage Atypical Learner Behaviors” (with Anthony G. Colarossi, Rachelle Maltzman, Hope Parisi, and Christine M. Rudisel), “Art: Experiencing Life and its World Through the Lens of Environmental Narrative in Nineteenth Century American Landscape Painting: From Thomas Cole to Stephen Hannock,” “Strange Images” of the American Landscape from George Inness’ Nineteenth Century Painting The Lackawanna Valley to Richard Misrach’s Contemporary Photograph Desert Fire #46,” and Passion’s Delirium, Passion’s Torment – A Discussion of One Woman’s Arousal in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Her research interests are wide ranging and include environmental themes in images of the American landscape, the creative imagination, Einstein, evolutionary biology, psychoanalytic thought, the Cosmos, and our environmental crisis.