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WRIT 116.011 | Conservation

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WRIT 116.011 | Conservation

José Filipe Alvergue | Fall 2013 | MTF 1:00-1:50 PM & W 12:00-1:50 PM 

In this course we will explore various theories, practices, histories, and political implications of conservation, including: ethics, wildlife and resource management, urban farming, agronomics and agriculture, re-vitalization and planning, aesthetics, sociology, human geography, and public art. By thinking broadly of what it means to, first, identify something that needs conserving, and devising, in concert with others, a plan towards that end, we will also ask larger questions about what it means to live together, civically, as stewards of our own communities, our own cities, and our own regional identities. Conservation is ultimately a way of sharing space between multiple interests and desires, but more importantly, conservation frames a language for debating that consideration with others. With this in mind, our readings will span multiple rhetorical examples of how thinkers, artists, activists, and farmers have engaged the issue of conservation so as to engage their neighbors and distant readers. We will also, when and where possible, expand our thinking into the spaces that make up our unique and immediate surroundings. We will, along with writing and reading assignments, conduct thoughtful projects that simultaneously bring pertinent issues into the class, and ethical questions into the world.

Image Credit:
Passenger Pigeon & Ivory Billed Woodpecker
Griggs, Jack L. All the Birds of North America. New York: Harper Perennial 1997.