Weekly Schedule and Readings

Week 1: introductions


Tuesday
1/18
Introduction to the course
Thursday
1/20
Lecture/Discussion – Irrational Landscape: The Great Plains and its towns.
Questions that drive investigations into landscapes.

Why did settlers choose this location?

What are the means of transportation

What is the basis of the economy?

What is the relationship to other spaces?

What resources are available? Which are not?

How does this landscape reflect or express a mode of production and consumption?

Resources:

Reading an urban landscape

Reading a landscape


Week 2: The commodification of the natural world


Tuesday
1/25
Lecture – Humans and Nature and Capitalism
Thursday
1/26
Workshop – Reading Wooster and Wayne County

Week 3: wilderness and the american mind


Tuesday
2/1
Lecture – American Wilderness
Thursday
2/3
Workshop – Academic Arguments

Short (15 minute) Midterm Review Session

Resources:

Environmental History. Volume 1. Issue One (on Teams)

TBD
Longer Review Session with Longville and Randolph

Resources:

Jacobs, “The Great Bophuthatswana Donkey Massacre” (You will be asked to write your essay on one aspect of this article.)


Week 4: Despoblado


Tuesday
2/8
Midterm One
Thursday
2/10
Lecture – The Agricultural Wonderland
Reading: Donald Worster, The Dust Bowl

Week 5: mother earth laid bare


Tuesday
2/15
10-minute research paper – Hogue

Lecture/Discussion, The Plow that Broke the Plains

Thursday
2/17

Workshop – Understanding Historiography and the Historical Argument

Reading: Cronon, “A Place for Stories” Annotated Version

Friday-Monday
Research paper consultations with Longville, Randolph, or Roche

Week 6: The new Deal


Tuesday
2/22
Lecture/Discussion – The Ropesville Project

Reading: “Level of Living on the Ropesville Project”

Thursday
2/24
Workshop – The Five Paragraph Research Paper
Sunday
2/27
Research Paper due 5:00 p.m.

Week 7: Forests and freaky landscapes


Tuesday
3/1
Lecture/Discussion, “The Horrors of the New England Wilderness”

Reading: Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind Selections

Merchant, “The New England Wilderness Transformed”

Thursday
3/3
Workshop – Tearing Down a First Draft

Week 8: Conservation and PReservation


Tuesday
3/8
Lecture/Discussion, National Parks, National Forests, and the Rise of Industrial Capitalism

Reading: Hays, “From Conservation to Environment”

Thursday
3/10
Workshop – The Creation of the Wilderness Act


Week 9: The Environmental Movement 

Tuesday

3/29

Lecture/Discussion, “The Environmental Movement and the Sixties”

Read: Rome, “Give Earth a Chance”

Short (10 Minute) Review Session

TBD
Longer Review Session with Longville and Randolph
Thursday
3/31
Midterm Two

Week 10: Environmental Racism


Tuesday
4/5
Lectures: Majora Carter, “Greening the Ghetto” 

Newkirk II, Environmental Racism is the New Jim Crow

Bullard Interview 

Thursday
4/7
Ten Examples of Environmental Racism

Week 11: Research Workshops


Tuesday
4/12
Reading: Torres, “Understanding Environmental Racism”

Pulido, “Flint, Environmental Racism, and Racial Capitalism”

Due at the End of Class – subject for Poster Project

Thursday
4/14
Research Workshop for Poster Project

Week 12:


Tuesday
4/19
Poster Presentation Session
Thursday
4/21
Project Workshops Introduction

Week 13: Project Workshops


Tuesday
4/26
Project Workshops
Thursday
4/28
Project Workshops

Week 14: Project Workshops


Tuesday
5/3
 
The Environmental Racism Postcard Project: Presentation + Material + Digital

On PFAs: The Dangerous Chemicals You Encounter Every Day: Presentation

The Economic E-Waste Model and Its Environmental Impact: Presentation

Death of the Streetcar: Podcast

“Built Up”: Short reading

Thursday
5/5
Climate Induced Hybridization: The Case of the Nanulak: Poster Presentation

Nexus of Waste: The Refrigerator in Modern Life: Documentary Film

Death of the New England Fisheries: Slide Show

Western U.S. Wildfires and Climate Change 1972-2022: Presentation