Monday, December 7, 2009

Emerson and more.....

Session I:
Look back over the Emerson essay and your five auto-dialectic journals.

(1) Meditate on any of these questions:

What was the main message you got from Emerson? Was there a pattern in your responses to him? What was it? What sorts of things did you learn from your auto-dialectic process? Do you see the world differently now? Was there anything from our class discussions that stayed with you? What was it? Is there something that “clicked” and you’ll now remember something from either Emerson or your journal as a kind of mantra?
Write about what you learned both specifically and in general.

(2) Transmute it into some kind of art. What kind of art? Well, I’d say, “play to your strength,” but anything, really… write a poem, draw or paint a picture, make a collage, write and record a song, make a video, perform a dance…

(3) Compose an artist's statement about your work.

(4) Make sure all 5 auto-dialectic journals are complete: see BlackBoard example for expectations.

(5) Complete assignment due December 16th.

Session II: Lecture-- Global Warming
How Did Humans First Alter Global Climate?

Student activity: Come up with different theories based on your understanding of climate change.
Reading from Scientific American (2005).
Fire "invented"
Farming - 8,000 - 10,000 b.c.e.
Industrial Revolution
Columbian Exchange
Shift in population growth
Private wealth
Massive scale irrigation

Lecture on History of Farming.

Move from subsistence farming to large scale farming: (due to population growth)
early techniques: slash & burn; fallow farming; paddy irrigation

What is the difference between "cultivation" and "domestication"?

Increased population = increased demand
Corporate farming
Genetic engineering
Dominance of high-yeild crops --corn & soy
21st Century backlash

Session III: Research Projects
- see Library resources

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