Text, Image, Sound - Environmentalism and Extremes

CLLC-L 110 / CLASS 31375 — Spring 2023

Edmondson Hall C112
Days and Times
M/W 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Environmental concerns are at the forefront of modern politics. Yet, few ever stop to question how we think of our relation to nature. And those of us that do often come up with very different answers. Some of us recycle more, some of us tie ourselves to trees, and some of us commit felonies. This class will focus on answering how we go from early environmentalism to the wide variation of answers we witness today. Topics-wise, we will first explore the origins of the environmentalist movement in the United States with readings of Thoreau, Muir, Leopold, and some of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. We will then turn to the substantial and core question of the course: how should we think of our relation to and valuing of nature? Does the environment matter on its own? Or does the environment matter simply because we depend on it? The third unit of this course will then turn to an interdisciplinary analysis of environmental extremists of all kinds by considering just how far environmental thought can go, such as fascism, anarchism, and primitivism.

SustainCollins course – open to all students.

Instructor: Joshua Paschal

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