Culture, the Arts, and Society - Wilderness: What is it good for?

CLLC L210 / CLASS 30829 — Spring 2020

Ed Basement
Days and Times
Tu/Th 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

America was built on the idea of exploring a fearsome and untamable wilderness, which was also often represented as palliative and pleasant. In 1964, Congress codified this ideology into law by passing the Wilderness Act, a crowning achievement of the environmentalist movement. However, critics have always questioned the value of wilderness from a variety of perspectives, including ecological, racial and gender-based critiques. This class is a history of the legal and ideological narrative of wilderness and its discontents from the nineteenth century to now. Readings will feature Thoreau, Leopold, Williams, Abbey, Nash, and many others. We will also focus on light exploration of Indiana’s wilderness, with one overnight trip possible (weather-permitting) to conduct wilderness character surveys for the Forest Service. A final project will give students the opportunity to partner with the US Forest Service or the Eppley Institute to help solve a contemporary wilderness problem.

SustainCollins course – open to all residents

Instructor: Daniel Fladagar

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)