Schedule subject to change, please check back regularly
- Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Anthropology Professor lecture: “The Subversive Power of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Northern Peru” sponsored by the Environmental Humanities Research Workshop on Friday April 12, from 12-1 in 306 Clemens Hall.
- February 5 – May 11, 2019. Jillian Mayer: TimeShare, UB CFA Gallery
BOOKS – check here for notes on reading
Jan 28/30: Week 1
review syllabus, schedule, book, UBlearns,
watch Abuela Grillo, The Animation Workshop, vimeo, info
Feb 4/6: Week 2
HW: Read Haraway Introduction: Write or paste into the blog a short quote from the week’s reading. Write a question or comment about the quoted text.
Media in class: Gasland2 by Josh Fox, 2013, (2:05)
- finish watching at home
- Take one small specific part/scene of the media and show how it illustrates an important point/thread/idea that permeates the whole work.
Topic: Haraway/Gasland 2
- Introduction to Donna Haraway BOOK
- BBC World Service The Inquiry Podcasts
- How media represents: focus on Documentary
Feb 11/13: Week 3(Groups Assigned)
HW: Read Haraway Chapter 1; Start Group Project 1
Media Art in Class : Oddkin, Companion Species and String Figures
Topic: Haraway/Media Artists and Enviromentalism
Feb 18/20: Week 4
HW: Read Haraway Chapter 2
Media in Class: BBC Beautiful Minds: James Lovelock, 2011, (60 minutes)
Topic: Haraway/Gaia Hypothesis
Feb 25/27: Week 5
HW: Start playing game assigned to group AND Read Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 3 by Andrew Hageman, “do ecocritics dream of clockwork green,” pp 63-66 & 72-77 2012: electronic version available on library course reserve
Media in Class: Tambien La Lluvia, 2010, Icíar Bollaín (1 hr 42)
Topic Hageman/Ideology, Tambien La Lluvia
Media in Class: Tambien La Lluvia (cont’d)
Mar 4/6: Week 6: Group Project 1 DUE
HW: Read Haraway chap 3, 59-76; Start Group Project 2
Media in Class: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, 1984, Hayao Miyazaki, (1 hr 58):
Topic: Haraway/sympoeisis/Nausicaa – (Nausicaa cont’d)
microbes, food, soil
Mar 11/13: Week 7
HW: Haraway Chapter 3, (reread from 71 then) pp 76-98 critical zones – ref Crocheted Coral Reef
Media: Chasing Coral, Jeff Orlowski, date (1 hr 33) – movie will play out for a few minutes past class time – stay if you can or finish watching on Netflix
Midsemester Review of frames/things to think with
- Haraway – sympoesis, companion species, matters what stories we think with.
- Documentary – questions of how “truth” represented, authority, authenticity
- Hagemann – ideology – form/content levels – contradictions
- Ingram – cognitive theory – affect, emotion, cognitive
- Analysis of Chasing Coral with respect to one of these frames
SPRING BREAK Mar 18-23
Mar 25/27: Week 9 Group Project 2 DUE
HW: Read Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 2 by David Ingram, 2012, electronic version available on library course reserve
9.1 Ingram/Cognitive Film Theory/ – this week only blog question due by 10 Monday
Media: Games and VR
9.2 Group Presentations – Games
April 1/3: Week 10
HW: Read The Ecofeminism of Mad Max by Sarah Mirk: AND Mad Max Fury Road: A Savage Masterpiece of Eco-feminist Violence by faustusnotes AND Haraway Chapter 5 Making Kin (PLUS LOOK AT FOOTNOTES)
10.1 Media: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015, Dir. George Miller (2 hours): Finish watching at home, you can stream it from a variety of sources including youtube. We stopped at 1 hour 10 mins.
10.2 Topic: Ecofeminism. Media: Mad Max (cont’d)
April 8/10: Week 11
jHW: Read Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 1, Scott MacDonald , “The ecocinema experience,” part 1 pp 18-36, electronic version available on library course reserve
Media in Class: Reattuning the Mind
11.2 Topic: Reattuning the Mind
April 15/17: Week 12
HW: Listen to Podcast Communicating Climate Change: a psychoanalysis – Science Weekly Podcast, Jan 19, 2017 The Guardian, Start Group Project
Media in class: Katherine Hayhoe TED Talk
12.2 Topic: Communication
April 22/24: Week 13
HW: Read Haraway Chapter 4, Making Kin
Media in class: The Yes Men Fix the World, 2009 (1:25 start at 8.59)
Optional Media: The Yes Men Are Revolting 2015 (1:57) from $2.99 on youtube
13.2 Topic: Media and Eco-Activism – ONLINE CLASS
April 29/May 1: Week 14
HW: Listen to Podcast The Compass Podcast 3/28/17 Resources 27 mins
Media in Class: When the Levees Broke, Part I, 2006, Spike Lee, (~ 1 hr)
14.2 Topic: Media representations of Environmental Disasters
May 6/8: Week 15, Group Project 3 DUE
HW: Listen to Podcast: Measuring your fashion footprint: Chips with everything podcast
Plastics: a villainous material? Or a victim of its own success? (33 mins)
Wrap Up and Group Project 3 viewing
***** RELEVANT MOVIES AND EVENTS ON CAMPUS ********
APRIL is SUSTAINABILITY MONTH at UB
- World’s Challenge Challenge, which takes place on April 2 from 4-6 p.m. in 10 Capen.
- Go Beyond Plastics with Judith Enck, environmental champion and former EPA Regional Administrator under President Obama. On April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Enck will present on how communities can implement local laws to reduce pollution from plastic packaging.
- Buffalo Erie Hack, taking place on April 19 from 1-5 p.m. in 210 Student Union. Explore the ideas and inventions from students and other community members that look to solve some of our lake’s biggest challenges.
- Enjoy the spring weather and take a spin on a bicycle provided by UB Bikeshare.
- Visit UB Sustainability’s new office space in 101 Statler on April 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. for the opening reception of the Sustainability Art Show, the SLICE Awards and an open house for those interested in connecting to find solutions to the global challenges we face!
- Network with business leaders committed to sustainable development at the fifth annual Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable Summit on May 8 at the Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center.