RCIDIV 305 - The Literature of Environmental and Social Justice
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: RC Interdivisional (RCIDIV)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The global environmental justice movement is “inspired by activists, artists, teachers, and scholars,” and is defined as “the right of all people to share equally in the benefits of a healthy environment” (Adamson et al). This seminar will consider environmental justice as a social movement, and explore the interconnected meanings of green, sustainability and environment. We’ll read literature produced in the wake of community disaster, such as: Robert Dugoni’s The Cyanide Canary, about the cyanide poisoning of workers in Idaho; Joe Kane’s Savages, recounting the Ecuadorian Indians’ fight to keep oil companies out of their rainforest; Michael Shnayerson’s Coal River, that tells the story of West Virginia communities’ efforts against mountain top removal in their backyards, and we’ll learn about the trial of WR Grace, who used asbestos to line the high school track in Libby, Montana.
Through these cases and others, we’ll critique the public policy debates at the forefront of issues of environmental justice: access to clean drinking water, hazardous industrial waste, superfund sites and incinerators in the poorest neighborhoods. This class will highlight the latest films from the nation’s Environmental Film Festival and cutting edge analysis from newsmakers. We’ll host guest speakers from government, community groups, non-profit organizations, and film makers.
Weekly written responses and one seminar paper are required.

RCIDIV 305 - The Literature of Environmental and Social Justice
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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The Cyanide Canary is out of print and will take a while to find and ship. Please order it now, because it is our first book. You can find it on Amazon sources and ABE Books, as well as independent online book sellers.
ISBN: 0374125147
Coal river, Author: Shnayerson, Michael., Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008
ISBN: 9780262195522
Environmental justice and environmentalism : the social justice challenge to the environmental movement, Author: edited by Ronald Sandler and Phaedra C. Pezzullo., Publisher: MIT Press [Online-Au 2007
ISBN: 9780679411918
Savages, Author: Kane, Joe (Joseph A.), 1953-, Publisher: Knopf 1995
ISBN: 9780743246521
The cyanide canary, Author: Hilldorfer, Joseph., Publisher: Free Press 2004
ISBN: 9780679740247
Refuge : an unnatural history of family and place, Author: Williams, Terry Tempest., Publisher: Vintage Books 1992
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