Story last updated at 11/18/2009 - 11:59 am
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast has announced a new course to be offered at its Auke Bay Campus beginning next semester. The course, titled "Eco-Collapse: Fear, Disaster and Nature in U.S. Culture," will be taught by Professor Sarah Jaquette Ray. Prerequisites include ENG 211 or instructor approval.
The course will examine a range of U.S.-based literary and cultural expressions of eco-collapse. It will investigate how fear of environmental collapse informs our daily choices, as well as our political, social, and military agendas. Students will study how threats of imminent apocalypse have long shaped our relationship to nature. Topics will include climate change, nuclear holocaust, natural disasters, risk perception and environmental security. Students will study media and read works by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Mike Davis, Timothy Egan and Rebecca Solnit. For more information, contact Professor Sarah Jaquette Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.