Schedule

Course Schedule
Each student is scheduled to complete 1) an individual presentation on a chapter in Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind, 2) a collaborative introduction and discussion facilitation of a primary text; and 3) a collaborative introduction and discussion facilitation of a secondary text.
Week One: Issues and Questions in American Environmental Writing  
Thursday, 22 June      
Introductions; orientation to the course; expectations and intellectual contributions; critical approaches to nature in North America
Week Two: Women and Nature on the American Frontier
Tuesday, 27 June           Willa Cather, O Pioneers!                    
Supplemental Readings: Roderick Nash; Wilderness and the American Mind: chapter 1 Mary Byard chapter 2 Palmer Seeley
Thursday, 29 June         Mary Austin, The Ford
Supplemental Readings: Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind chapter 3 Charles Danhof and chapter 4 Evelina Zarkh
Friday, 30 June     
Half-day bushwack through old growth and peatland behind the campus housing with Richard Carstensen; Supplemental Readings: “Habitats” and “Fungi and Lichens” and “Plants” in The Nature of Southeast Alaska
                                   
Week Three: Ways of Knowing and Native Alaska Traditional Knowledge
Tuesday, 4 July             No Class
                                   
Thursday, 6 July            John Muir, Travels in Alaska
Collaborative Discussion Partners for Primary Text: Brian Tippy and Evelina Zarkh; Supplemental Readings: Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind; chapter 5 Zoe Roben, chapter 6 Brian O’Shea, chapter 7 Nadja Grabenstroer and chapter 8 Brian Tippy; Collaborative Discussion Partners for Secondary Texts: “Introduction” and “Eden,” Shepard Krech, The Ecological Indian Zoe Roben and Nadja Grabenstroer
Friday, 7 July-Sunday, 9 July     

We will be staying at the Chilkoot Culture Camp along the banks of the Chilkoot River, homesite of the LootK’waan Clan of the Tlinglit, about 12 miles from Haines. The weekend will include a trip to the Chilkat and the village of Klukwan,. Dick and Nora Marks Dauenhauer will be our guides. We will have the opportunity to visit Raven House in Haines, and to consider the cultural practices of salmon fishing, totem carving and blanket weaving as expressions of the Tlingit relationship with the natural world. We will also visit the museum in Haines, where curator Nancy Nash will make available Nora’s traditional clan regalia.

Supplemental Readings: Nora and Richard Dauenhauer, eds. “Austin Hammond” in Haa Kusteeyí, Our Culture: Tlingit Life Stories; Julie Cruikshank, “Bringing Icy Regions Home: John Muir in Alaska” in Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters, and Social Imagination; “Mammals,” “Fish,” and “Invertebrates” in The Nature of Southeast Alaska

Week Four: Imagining Alaska: Contemporary Visions of the Wild
Tuesday, 11 July            John McPhee, Coming Into the Country
Collaborative Discussion Partners for Primary Text: Zoe Roben and Palmer Seeley; Supplemental Readings: Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind chapter 13 Peggy O’Leary and chapter 14 Nick Lewis; Due: Reading Notebooks
Thursday, 13 July          John Krakauer, Into the Wild
Collaborative Discussion Partners for Primary Text Peggy O’Leary and Brian O’Shea; Supplemental Readings: Chapters 9, 11, 16 and “Epilogue” in Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind;
Friday, 14 July               Bird Walk with Ornothologist Matt Brooks
Supplemental Readings: “Mammals” and Birds” in The Nature of Southeast Alaska                   
Week Five: Bioregionalism, Ethics, Reinhabitation
Tuesday, 18 July            Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild
Collaborative Discussion Partners for Primary Text: Charles Danhof and Nick Lewis; Collaborative Discussion Partners for Secondary Texts: “Four Changes, with a Postscript” in The Gary Snyder Reader, Charles Danhof and Palmer Seeley; “Thinking Like a Mountain” and “The Land Ethic” in Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, Peggy O’Leary and Nick Lewis
Thursday, 20 July          Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild
Collaborative Discussion Partners for Secondary Texts: “The Etiquette of Freedom,” Tawny Grammar,” and “The Woman Who Married a Bear,” Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild, Mary Byard and Evelina Zarkh; Supplemental Readings: selected poems from Riprap, Turtle Island, No Nature in The Gary Snyder Reader
  
Friday 21 July                Mendenhall Glacier Walk with Cathy Connor, Geology
Supplemental Readings: “Habitats” in The Nature of Southeast Alaska; “The Work of Ice” from Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology.
Week Six: The Idea of Wilderness and the Practice of the Wild
Tuesday, 25 July            Richard Nelson, The Island Within
Collaborative Discussion Partners for Primary Text: Mary Byard and Nadja Grabenstroer; Collaborative Discussion Partners for Secondary Text: William Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Ground” (handout) Brian Tippy and Brian O’Shea; Supplemental Reading: Barry Lopez, The Rediscovery of North America; Carolyn Servid, “The Weave of Place and Time”; Richard Carstensen, “Heart of the Forest.”  Due: Reading Notebooks and First version of the essay;
  
Wednesday 26 July        Individual Conferences
Friday 28 July           Guided Tour of the Alaska State Museum
Final Week
Tuesday August 1         Essay due in my mailbox in the Dining Hall by five PM

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