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Sarah Wald - Teaching Demonstration



Is inequity natural?
How do ideas about who or what is natural justify social inequity? What do they tell us about how we imagine nature?  This teaching demonstration is drawn from my course, Beyond Nature Writing: Race, Gender, and Nature.  In this session, we will be examining several popular culture sources to consider how representations of nature can naturalize racial, gender, and sexual identities. Students will be introduced to the concept that depicting certain identities, behaviors, or social relations as “natural” can justify and help maintain racial, gender, class, and sexual hierarchies. This session is part of the course’s broader inquiry into the ways ideas about race, gender, labor, and sexuality intersect with ideas about nature and the environment in literature and popular culture.
Beyond Nature Writing Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to…):
1.      Interpret and develop definitions of eco-criticism, nature, natural, naturalization, nature writing, wilderness, environmental justice, and globalization.
2.      Analyze the depictions of nature and the environment in novels, poems, essays, films, and advertisements; communicate these interpretations verbally and in prose formats.
3.      Summarize, evaluate and apply the central arguments of scholarly eco-critical essays verbally and in prose.
4.      Demonstrate an understanding of the social construction of race, gender, and nature.
Sarah is a candidate for the Lec III joint search in English and the Program in the Environment.
Start Time: 1/30/2013  3:10 PM
Location: 3222 AH
Contact: karlyjm@umich.edu
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