The Poetics of Sustainability: Race and the Environment

Summer 2020
Nick Sturm
ENGL 1102

Utilizing our WOVEN curriculum, this Serve-Learn-Sustain affiliated course will explore the intersections of race, immigration, and the environment as urgent social, political, and ecological issues through the lens of poetry. By reading across a global lineage of poets, students will learn about the historical and contemporary intersections of race, immigration, and environmental issues in order to create multimodal artifacts that engage with what we will refer to as a “poetics of sustainability.” The course’s primary questions will be: How do these writers and artists allow us to articulate a more equitable future for communities facing challenges related to racial injustice, inequity, environmental crises, and environmental racism? Additionally, where and how do issues of race and the environment overlap as we consider rhetorical strategies for articulating our questions, ideas, and solutions related to identity, nationality, nature, and culture?

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