Schedule

FSEM: With and Without Nature, Schedule, Fall 2019

Prof. Benz

  • Warning: highly volatile, schedule subject to change at a moment’s notice!
  • Complete the work for the day it’s listed.
  • All readings are in Literature and the Environment, 2nd edition unless otherwise noted.
  • (C) = Reading available in Canvas

 

  • Wk 1

M 9/9

  • Course Overview
  • Syllabus and Policies
  • Read: Galvin’s The Meadow, 1-138

W 9/11

  • Read: Finish Galvin’s The Meadow
  • Due: Discussion Post #2
  • Create WordPress.com blog in class

 

  • Wk 2

M 9/16

  • Due: Site Journal #1 for Readaround
  • Read: Standing Bear’s “Nature”; Owens’ “The American Indian Wilderness”; Read: Genesis chapters 1-3 from the Bible

W 9/18

  • DU BioBlitz!
  • Read: What is Eco-criticism? (Canvas/Files). Read the essays by Cook, Dean, Glotfelty, Scheese, Slovic, and Tag

F 9/2

  • Due: Discussion Post #3 (after viewing Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in Canvas)

Wk 3

M 9/23

  • Read: Wright’s “Down by the Riverside”
  • Screening: Into the Wild

T 9/24

  • Extra Credit Opportunity: Helen Thorpe at DU Newman Center, 7:30 – 9pm. Listen, take notes, complete the Canvas Discussion Post.

W 9/25

  • Read: Wright “Big Boy Leaves Home”
  • Screening: Into the Wild

Wk 4

M 9/30

  • Read: Chavez’s “Crossing Bitter Creek”
  • Finish Screening: Into the Wild
  • Exam #1 Review

W 10/2

  • Exam #1 

 

  • Wk 5

M 10/7

  • Read: Muir’s “A Wind-Storm in the Forest”; Thoreau’s “Higher Laws”
  • Screening: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

W 10/9

  • Advising for Winter 2020
  • Due: Discussion Post #4
  • US Environmental History and Policy Presentation: Group 1

Wk 6

M 10/14

  • Due: Site Journal #4
  • Read: Leopold’s “Thinking Like a Mountain”; London’s “To Build a Fire”
  • Visit from the Office of Career and Professional Development: Beth Wade
  • Screening: Grizzly Man

W 10/16

  • Read: Lopez’s “Apologia”; Kerouac’s “Alone on a Mountaintop”; Houston’s “A Blizzard Under Blue Sky”
  • US Environmental History and Policy Presentation: Group 2
  • Screening: Grizzly Man

F 10/18

  • Last day to drop a course without instructor approval

 

  • Wk 7

M 10/21

  • Read: Erdrich’s “Line of Credit”
  • Meet with Prof. Benz for advising this week
  • US Environmental History and Policy Presentation: Group 3

W 10/23

  • Read: Wilson’s “Denial and Its Risks”; Whitman “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” (Canvas/Files/Readings)
  • US Environmental History and Policy Presentation: Group 4
  • Advising

F 10/25

  • Due: Discussion Post #5

 

  • Wk 8

M 10/28

  • Read: Steingraber “The Whole Fracking Enchilada” (C); Carson’s “Of Man and the Stream of Time”
  • Due: Discussion Post #6
  • Screening: Gasland
  • Register for Winter Quarter this week
  • US Environmental History and Policy Presentation: Group 5

W 10/30

  • Screening: Gasland
  • Read: Orr’s “Reflections on Water and Oil”
  • Read: TBA on Fracking in Colorado and the Front Range

W 10/30

  • Extra Credit Opportunity: Encountering Stories (One Prompt event, 6:30pm, attend, listen, take notes, and complete Canvas Discussion Post.

 

  • Wk 9 – UPDATED

W 11/6

  • Due: Site Journal #5
  • Pollan’s “Why Bother?”; Jensen’s “Forget Shorter Showers”; B. Kingsolver’s “Reconstructing Our Desires”
  • US Environmental History and Policy Presentation: Group 6
  • Screening: If a Tree Falls…

M 11/11

  • Read: Williams’ “Clan of One Breasted Women”; LaDuke’s “Uranium Mining, Native Resistance, and the Greener Path,” Abbey’s “Eco-Defense” (Canvas/Files/Readings);
  • Screening: If a Tree Falls
  • Due: Revised Site Journal, with completed self-evaluation

W 11/13

  • Read: Weisman’s “The World Without Us” (C)
  • Lord of the Rings (excerpt)
  • Course Evals
  • Exam #2 Review

F 11/15 at 11:59am

  • Due: Exam #2