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Fall 2014-2015
* ENV 347 / HUM 347 / ART 389 / AMS 352 / ENG 384 (LA)  

What Environmental Arts & Humanities Are Good For

Jenny Price

Is the climate blazing? Our cities have food deserts? Your groundwater supplies are contaminated with toxins? Historians, literary scholars, and artists to the rescue! This course explores how to deploy the humanities and arts to grapple with our most urgent environmental challenges--and is affiliated with a fall 2014 What Arts & Humanities Are Good For PEI series of panel events. The course asks how, exactly, we can put the indispensable methods and insights of the arts and humanities to work to create more sustainable places and to enact more equitable and effective environmental policies.

Sample reading list:
William Cronon, "The Trouble With Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong
Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities
Ursula Heise, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Ecocriticism"
Sarah Kanouse, "A Post-Naturalist Field Kit"
Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Nato Thompson, Living As Form
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The course is divided into four sections--History, Literature, Arts, and a discipline of your choice. Each section includes an intensive set of readings; a short persuasion paper, on why an environmental organization should hire a specialist in the discipline; and a set of questions you'll generate in breakout groups to ask during the panel events. The final project requires you to design a potential panel for the discipline of your choice.

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
The course includes the three PEI panel events on Oct. 9, Oct. 16, and Nov. 13. You must be able to attend these 4:30-6:15pm events, which follow the Thursday seminar.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23438 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:4 Limit:15