Week 8

Tuesday, March 3

Come to class prepared to present your synthesis project. This project can take pretty much any form you like, but you must show somehow that you've been thinking about that ideas and themes we've been talking about. If you choose a non-text option, you will want to include a short reflective paper with it.

Options 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.


Week 7

Tuesday, Feb 24
Anthology: A Blizzard Under Blue Sky. Pam Houston. p. 155.
Anthology: A Walk in the Woods: Right or Privilege? Richard Louv. p. 171.
Can we get all the nature we need from the digital world?
Short paper #12

Remind me in class that we need to talk about the synthesis paper, due March 3

Thursday, Feb 26 
Anthology: Discussing Apples, Elsa Gidlow, p 88.
Anthology: Purging the Canned, Making Room for the Fresh, Gary Paul Nabhan, p 93
Anthology: Taking Local on the Road, Camille Kingsolver, p 104
Anthology: Tune of the Tuna Fish, Sandra Steingraber, p 106
Short paper #13

Week 6

Tuesday Feb 17
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin -- finish the book!
Bring art supplies to class if you have them.
Short paper #10

If you have time, read this very recent piece by Sandra Steingraber:
Dispatches from the Seneca Lake Uprising

Thursday Feb 19 
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

Weeks 4 & 5

Tuesday February 3 
Anthology: What Holds the Water, What Holds the Light. Linda Hogan, page 143.
Patience by David Gessner.
The Wireless Woods by David Gessner.
Short paper #6

Thursday February 5 
The Word for World is Forest, Ursula Le Guin, pp 1-62
Short paper #7

Tuesday February 10 
NO CLASS THIS DAY
Find a place outside to sit quietly and observe for an hour. Then come inside and write about the experience. Bring that piece of writing to class on Thursday.
Short paper #8 Nature Writing by you.

Thursday February 12 
The Word for World is Forest, Ursula Le Guin, pp 63-128.
You might want to check out this poem by Ursula Le Guin in Orion.
Short paper #9

Week Three

Tuesday, Jan 27 
The readings this week are in the anthology Literature and the Environment. If you don't have your books yet, I put a copy on reserve in Moon Library.

Living Like Weasels, Annie Dillard, p 5.
Irregular Flight, Kent Nelson, p 8.

Here's the short video we tried to watch in class before discovering that the wifi on the third floor of Bray totally sucks: John Oliver's take on climate change.

Short paper #4

Thursday, Jan 29 

Snow Day, Lisa Couturier, p 15.
Marking my Territory, David Gessner, p 17. 
Knot, Pattiann Rogers, p 45.
David Gessner’s “Transformation video”

Short paper #5

Week Two

Tuesday, January 20 

In your folder, read:
Raymond Carver, Ray A. Young Bear, Joy Harjo, Stanley Kunitz, Roxana Robinson.
But also check out this editorial in the NY Times: If You See Something, Say Something

Short paper #2 

Thursday, January 22

In your folder, read:
Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Joseph Bruchac, Derrick Jensen, Bill McKibben.

And if you see this in time, check out John Oliver's take on climate change.

Short paper #3

Week One

Welcome! This is the course blog, where I'll post assignments and announcements. (Check out the Assignment Schedule in the Sidebar if you want to see the whole semester at a glance.)

The first thing you need to do for this course is make sure you have the books. Since it will take a couple of days for the books to arrive, you will want to order them as soon as possible. You should be able to find pretty inexpensive copies online.

Literature and the Environment
edited by Lorraine Anderson, Scott Slovic, and John P. O’Grady.

Make sure you get the SECOND EDITION. It should look like this:



Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Word For World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin
The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer

For Thursday, January 15 
We will read poems from different time periods, just so we can get a glimpse of the history of nature poetry before reading contemporary literature. 

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) -- Romantic British poet 
John Keats (1795-1821) -- Romantic British poet 
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) - Victorian British poet 
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) -- American poet 
E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) -- American poet 
Mary Donahoe (1941) -- contemporary American poet 
Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) -- American poet 

Plus, check this out: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Turned into Haiku

Short Paper #1 due. Think of a short paper as a way to add to the conversation in the classroom. We will be sharing them with each other.