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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Environmental Writing from Thoreau to the Present

Reading about Environmental Writing

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We will sample the best and most influential American environmental writing, using as our text Bill McKibben’s excellent "American Earth" (Library of America, 2008). We will discuss what makes the writing successful and also how it reflects evolving conceptions of the natural world and of how we should live with it.
Readings will include selections from Thoreau, John Muir, Also Leopold, Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barbara Kingsolver among others.
We will read some poetry but mainly nonfiction prose, including examples of recent writing on climate change (handouts). John Knott, instructor, is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, where he regularly taught courses in environmental literature. This Study Group is for those 50 or over and meets Wednesdays, 3:00 –5:00 pm on October 16 – November 20.
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  • $40

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