Environmentalism and Ecocriticism—The Cultural History of Trees. This seminar will examine tree as they function in human technological practices, in our culture, and as source of food. We will study how trees figure in current debates about the environment, including tree structure and forest composition, trees and the law, arguments about plant intelligence, and sustainable food production in an era of environmental degradation. Not content with just reading about trees, we will also do some harvesting.
The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Students will learn how to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability and to assess strategies to promote sustainable communities and a sustainable planet. The course will blend qualitative and quantitative analysis of sustainable development, with large use of data analysis to measure progress towards sustainable development.
“Public health policies saved your life today and you didn’t even know it.” This is how health officials describe public health’s most successful policies, i.e., policies that prevent disease, disability, and death. In turn, public health policymakers, practitioners, and researchers say that public health suffers from a “crisis of invisibility”—ironically, the more successful the overall public health system is at keeping us well, the more we tend to overlook it.
Maybe you know a poem when you see one, but how do you know when you've heard one? Poetry is arguably the literary genre that's most interested in sound, but we spend more time looking at it than listening to it. In this class, we will explore the dynamics of spoken sound, especially in those subgenres where sound really matters, like rap, slam poetry, spoken word, and performed poetry of all kinds. Not coincidentally, some of the greatest artists working in these genres are LGBTQIA people of color.
Can design help more people productively engage with scientific and technological controversies? Science, Technology, and Society (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that examines such controversies (i.e. smart cities, artificial intelligence, health informatics, and climate change) as well as their entanglements with everyday places and practices. The sensibilities and methodologies of STS, such as actor-network theory, situated knowledges, and sociotechnical imaginaries, will be our starting points for thinking differently about design and for designing different things.
This course will study the lived experiences of Black girls through the lens of Black women writers. Using African American literary texts as entry points, students will explore the ways in which Black girlhood is constructed and examine varied portrayals of how Black girls negotiate space both publicly and socially. Moreover, students will consider how Black women writers compose uniquely authentic and affirmative narratives that seek to oppose stereotypical depictions of Black girls and (re)center Black girls’ voices.
This course introduces students to narratives of complex relationships between human beings and the environment, including the impact of unchecked energy consumption on the global climate as well as vulnerable indigenous communities. Besides analyzing environmental literature and media that employ a range of rhetorical strategies, students in this course will compose digital projects to convey their own arguments regarding contemporary environmental debates.
Modern Iran: Social & Environmental Sustainability
This course is an exploration of social and environmental sustainability in Modern Iran with a focus on Iranian women changemakers. The course is fully remote with only one synchronous session each week. Taught in Persian. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with different initiatives and work on projects focused on social and cultural sustainability on campus. Assignments will allow students to work in their medium of choice such as short videos, info graphs, paper, websites, or podcasts to give voice to sustainability efforts.
This course is an exploration of questions and themes in cultural sociology with a focus on the Middle East. The course is fully remote with one synchronous session each week. It fulfills non-U.S. requirement for HTS majors. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with different initiatives and work on projects focused on social and cultural sustainability on campus. Assignments will allow students to create cultural products in their medium of choice such as short videos, info graphs, paper, websites, or podcasts to give voice to peacemaking efforts.