Fall 2017

EN115: English Composition: Environmental Imagination   
Four credit hours. Burke

Considers the environment and understanding the ways in which it is represented, imagined, constructed, and manipulated by humans. We will start with a historical foundation in literature, and add examples from the visual arts, music, philosophy, religion, and the built environment, asking the question, what do our imaginative products reveal to us about our relationship to the non-human? Students will engage with the Maine environment on several occasions, including two field trips to the Maine mountains and seacoast.

SP397: Jesuits and the Origins of Environmental History
Four credit hours. Millones
The Jesuits’ observations on nature during the Early Modern period can be found in a variety of texts and images produced from anywhere the members of the Society of Jesus established their missions or explored new lands. We will study the Jesuits’ narratives about the geography and natural world of the Americas and their thoughts about the changes in the biological and physical environment. Students will engage with environmental humanities by analyzing the Jesuits’ contribution to environmental history, including hands-on experience with rare book editions and a digital platform.

Spring 2018

HI248 Nuclear Visions, Environmental Realities
Four credit hours. Josephson

This environmental humanities course will examine the environmental history of nuclear power, peaceful and military. Using a variety of materials from a variety of disciplines and genres of human expression, students will consider the impact of military and civilian nuclear technologies on the environment, including human, machine (nuclear technology), and nature interactions. They will, in a strongly interactive approach using such primary sources as films, maps, archival documents, political cartoons, letters to the editor, beauty pageants (“Miss Atom!”), and photographs, engage questions of energy, nature, landscape. In addition to writing assignments, students will engage “Nuclear Visions” via a blog or webpage, endeavoring to produce and disseminate knowledge beyond print media. Their hands-on, project based learning efforts will be stored at the Colby digital commons site.