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American Environmental Movements

In the twenty-first-century, environmental problems are often imagined to be problems of science, technology, and policy. This course starts from the idea that environmental problems are also problems of culture and history. An introduction to the environmental humanities, the course covers ideas that have shaped different forms of environmentalism and environmental science. The focus is U.S. environmental movements since the 1960s, with points of comparisons to other time periods and national contexts.

California Foodways and Food Writing

This research-intensive seminar focuses on food writers, novelists, journalists, poets and filmmakers who have taken food and agriculture in California as their subjects.

Climate Science and Digital Culture

This graduate seminar investigates strategies of and challenges to communicating climate science in the context of digital media developments of the last two decades, with a particular focus on American journalism and social media cultures. Students examine and experiment with a range of media—including documentary, op-ed, data visualization, immersive storytelling, and virtual and augmented reality.

Environmental Narrative

Focused on American culture, this graduate seminar takes contemporary narrative as a rich subject for environmental studies in the period since global warming cohered as a scientific consensus about anthropogenic climate change and a complex story about modernity. The guiding questions are: Can we define environmental narrative as a distinct rhetorical form? What is at stake in this category for both literary studies and environmental science? How does narrative take shape in prominent forms of science communication?

High-Tech Environmentalism

This course examines how digital media and new technologies shape environmentalism in the twenty-first century. Explores how the digital age is influencing ideas about wilderness, biodiversity, food, climate change and other major environmental issues of the twenty-first century.