This class will examine how science circulates across society, in particular, how it gets told as stories and what issues are at stake in formulating it in narrative terms. The scientific enterprise has enormous effect in the modern world across all sectors of life; how citizens and non-scientists in a given country understand its nature and purposes is crucial for the impact that it has. We will be looking at texts oriented toward a wide popular audience, across several different areas of science—from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (environment) and Stephen Weart’s The Discovery of Global Warming (climate) to Devra Davis’s When Smoke Ran Like Rain (epidemiology) and Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge (ornithology, pollution), as well as dipping back in time to look at portions of Darwin’s Origin of Species and the topic of evolution. Class work will include frequent, ungraded low-stakes journal writing and e-responses, plus several short (3-page) analytical essays. Course provides VLPA and W-credit.