Rest of the semester

We've agreed that Tuesday, April 25 will be a day when we'll work on our group projects in class. So bring laptops, books, slabs of chocolate -- whatever you need to get your projects done.

There are rumors that we're going to have bagels.

Thursday, April 27 Group Presentations
Tuesday, May 2 Group Presentations

Hand in your portfolio (22 short papers in all) so that I can give you a grade for the course.
If you need an appointment with me, sign up here.

Week 13

Bill McKibben, one of the most famous American nature/environmental writers, is speaking on Monday at 10 am in the Gateway Center. If you are able, go to his talk!

Tuesday, April 18
The online place-based journal has been publishing a series called Letters to America, which began right after election day. Go read some of them. (Here's the link.)

For short paper #21, choose a Letter to America that you think the class needs to hear, print it out so you can read it to use if necessary, and then explain in your short paper why you think it brings up important issues. Or ... after reading some of the Letters to America, use short paper #21 to write your own.

Thursday, April 20
I tried to find some recent pieces for you to read. (Well, except for the Audre Lorde poem, which I added just because I like it.) If your time is limited, you might have to choose amongst them.

It looks like Outside Magazine heard us talking:
The IUD is the Most Important Underrated Piece of Outdoor Gear I Own

Here's a piece from Orion Magazine:
How to Queer Ecology, One Goose at a Time

A poem by Audre Lorde:
A Woman Speaks

And another piece from Outside Magazine:
Going it Alone

Bill McKibben's latest piece in the Guardian
Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet

And this -- just for obvious reasons:
Bewildered Beaver Becomes Accidental Leader of 150 Curious Cows

Short Paper #22

Week 11 and 12

Tuesday April 4
Synthesis Project due. Come to class prepared to share your project.
Don't forget, also, to add to our summer reading list:

Thursday April 6 
The Bee-Loud Glade, pp 1-76
Short paper #18

Tuesday April 11
The Bee-Loud Glade, pp 77-137.
Short paper #19

Thursday April 13 
The Bee-Loud Glade, pp 138-222
Short paper #20

Week 9 and 10

Tuesday, March 21

Anthology: Keeper of the Temple Grounds, Judith Larner Lowry, p 195
Anthology: Curandera, Pat Mora, p 199
Anthology: It is Going to Rain, Ofelia Sepeda, p 201
Anthology: The Circle is the Way to See, Joseph Bruchac, p. 402

Write Short Paper #15

** Remind me in class that we need to talk about the Synthesis Project, due April 4.

The point of the Synthesis Project is for you to think about all that we've read and talked about, and then come up with a creative way to show that you've seen patterns and made sense out of all of that. It shouldn't take any more time than a regular homework assignment. Options for the Synthesis Project include: Creative writing. Art. Song. Music. Interpretive Dance. Food. Children's books. A scrapbook. A skit. A photo collage. A lesson plan for young people. A presentation. A slideshow. A video. A newscast. A satire. Slam poetry. A twitter montage. A journal. A calendar. An analysis of a movie. A presentation about an author. A rewriting of a fairy tale.

Thursday, March 23
Anthology: The American Indian Wilderness, Luis Owens, p 244
Anthology: Crossing Bitter Creek: Meditations on the Colorado River, Denise Chavez, p 240
Anthology: Touching Earth, bell hooks, p 139

Write Short Paper #16

Hand in your folder. It should contain 16 short papers.

Sign up for an appointment with me on Friday March 24 or Monday March 27.

Tuesday, March 28
Anthology: The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams, page 261.
Exposed: The mammogram myth and the pinkwashing of America. By Jennifer Lunden.
Published in the September/October 2013 issue of Orion Magazine.

Write Short Paper #17

I've opened a google doc so we can all add to a Summer Reading list. Here's the link:

Thursday, March 30 
No class.
I will be out of town.
Work on your Synthesis Project

Your Synthesis Project will be due April 4 .

Week 8

Tuesday, March 7

Finish reading Gathering Moss. 
Write Short Paper #14.
You can choose one chapter to focus on, or write about the whole book.

Thursday, March 9

Robin Kimmerer is coming to class today.
Bring a question or discussion topic on an index card.
Dress for the weather, in case we go outside.

Week 7

Tuesday, Feb 28
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Begin with the Preface and read up to page 61

Short Paper #12

If you've never heard Robin Kimmerer talk, you could watch this:
Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest

Thursday, March 2
Gathering Moss, pages 62-110

And be prepared to tell us your spirit autotroph.

Short Paper #13

[And look! Someone took a photo of us the other day and put it on twitter.]

We have a stalker!

Week 6

Tuesday Feb 21
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin -- finish the book!
And if you have time, read Robin Kimmerer's piece from last November:
The White Horse and the Humvees: Standing Rock is Offering us a Choice
Bring art supplies to class if you have them.
Short paper #10

Thursday Feb 23 
Anthology: Making Music with Birds and Whales. David Rothenberg, p. 54
Serenading Belugas in the White Sea by David Rothenberg (Be sure to check out the link at the side -- you can hear the audio)
Dylan Winter and the Starling Murmurations 
Anthology: Apologia. Barry Lopez. p. 72.
Short paper #11

Unrelated to the readings, but I thought some of you might find this interesting:
Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds by Elizabeth Kolbert