U.S. Environmental Concerns: A Writing Course
In the face of growing environmental concerns, this course explores key environmental problems as they intersect with issues of power and privilege in a U.S. context. Beginning with an examination of the the term “nature,” the course turns to Indigenous, feminist and ecocritical theoretical lenses to unpack this concept and its meanings. The course, then, focuses on three specific environmental issues: pesticides and farming practices, dams and water issues and climate change. Using a variety of texts including literature, film clips, journal articles and more, we will think, not just about the roots of these environmental issues, but about who is most impacted by them. At the heart of our course will be discussions of how American imperialism, colonialism, racism and sexism influence the ways in which we think about environmental problems and how we envision solutions to those problems.