|Semester and Year||FA 2011|
|Time||4:55 PM - 6:10 PM|
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
The ruin of the environment begins with agriculture. With this assertion Paul Shepard sharpens a modern tradition of radical environmental thinking that ranges from Rousseau to Elizabeth Kolbert. In this course, we will consider some of the basic issues behind our urges to protect, and squander, the environment. If the environment includes wilderness, how does such wildness relate to our own sense of who we are? How wild, how civilized, are we? Is homo sapiens hard-wired for violence? To what extent do our current forms of economic and social organization allow or prohibit us from accommodating ourselves to the world around us? In this seminar, we will write about these issues and imagine realistic alternative futures. Authors may include Matsuo Basho, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Henry David Thoreau, Black Elk, Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Elizabeth Bishop, Edward Abbey, Paul Shepard, Elizabeth Kolbert, Alice Walker, and Cormac McCarthy.
First-Year Program: Writing Seminars (FIRST-UG)