In 2012, the Sustainability Institute and the UNH Center for the Humanities launched a discussion group devoted to sustainability and the humanities as part of UNH's Culture and Sustainability Initiative.
If, as UNH Chief Sustainability Officer Dr. Tom Kelly puts it, sustainability is a “shared outlook” that “attends to interactions” among ecological, social, political, and cultural realms, then what does it mean to teach the Humanities within this shared outlook? What roles can the Humanities play in sustainability efforts? How should we sustain the Humanities, and our Humanities teaching, especially given the conditions currently facing public universities?
The purpose of the Culture & Sustainability Discussion Group is to generate teaching units that could be used across the curriculum and repeated over time, allowing faculty and students to collaboratively build knowledge about sustainability’s larger questions through a series of concrete exercises. The group is also intended to build community across the various disciplines and groups of teaching professionals.
- Monday, February 25, 3:40-5:00, Dimond Library 343. Wildlife Depletion: An Issue for the Humanities? Discussion led by Sustainability Institute Faculty Fellow and Lecturer in Classics, Susan Curry. Click here to download the reading.
- Monday, March 25, 3:40-5:00, Dimond Library 343. Queer Ecology/Ecopsychology. Discussion led by Sustainability Institute Faculty Fellow and Lecturer in Classics, Susan Curry. Click here to download the reading.
- Monday, April 29, 3:40-5, Dimond Library 343. Endangered Languages. Discussion led by Maya Ravindranath, Assistant Professor, English Department. There are two recommended readings; click to download reading 1 and reading 2.
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Spring 2012: Sustainability as a Pedagogical Project
In spring 2012 the group explored the three winning proposals (in Classics, English, and Women’s Studies) from the Sustainability Institute’s Fall 2011 call for Liberal Arts & Sustainability courses.
- Monday, January 30, 3:40-5:00: “Sustainability 101”: What does it mean to teach the Humanities from a Sustainability Perspective?" Huddleston 324.
- Monday, February 27, 3:40-5:00: Ecology and Empire, Huddleston 324.
- March 21-22: Sidore Series: Sustainability Unbound, Huddelston Ballroom.
- Monday, April 16, 3:40-5:00: Race, Gender and Environmental Justice, Huddleston 324. Click here for suggested reading.