ENGLISH 320 - Literature and the Environment
Summer 2022, Section 201 - Natural and Unnatural Histories: The Evolving Networks of Life in the Upper Great Lakes
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Partial Term 6/25/22 - 7/23/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This course will explore connections between life, land and waterways in Michigan. Through research, observation and storytelling you will learn the history of the current living landscape which includes mound builders, woodland confederacies, trade routes, territories and today’s sovereign nations. Using the lens of multiple disciplines including, Native American Studies, Ethnography, Ethnobotany, Anthropology and Linguistics we will trace the various ways people have lived with and sustained cultural identity in the region. We will begin by learning to see the land and surrounding system of life through the lens of Anishinaabemowin, the oldest language of the region still in use. We will work as a class team to trace the legal history of Michigan’s tribal nations through a wide range of primary sources including songs, stories maps, treaties, articles and excerpts from books.

NOTE: This class is open only to enrolled GLACE Program students. For more information, please see https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/glwc/about-glwc/.


ENGLISH 320 - Literature and the Environment
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201 (LEC)
 In Person
Partial Term 6/25/22 - 7/23/22
Note: This class is available to those students who have been accepted to GLACE. The GLACE program will spend the summer semester at the UM Biostation. Interested students should contact Jennifer Catey, jcatey@umich.edu.

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