Green Media Schedule 2020

Schedule subject to change, please check back regularly 

SPECIAL EVENTS/EXTRA CREDIT – here are events of Green Media interest. Go to an event for interest or for extra/make-up credit – to get the credit send us a photo of yourself at the event.

Dec 2019 – March 29, 2020
Open Waters [Northwest Passage | Open Polar Sea | Arctic + Great Lakes Plastic], Interactive Art Installation, Burchfield Penny
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:30–3:30 pmLecture / Discussion | Microplastics in WNY & the Great Lakes Region, Burchfield Penny

Wednesday, March 11th from 5:30- 7:30 pm“Buffalo’s Outer Harbor: the Right Place for a World-Class Park” presentation by Sam Magavern, Senior Policy Fellow at Partnership for the Public Good at WNED Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s auditorium located at 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202

BOOKS – check here for notes on readings

Jan 27/29: Week 1
Review syllabus & schedule, book, UBlearns
Watch Abuela Grillo, The Animation Workshop, vimeo, look at info

Web Lecture: Introduction

Feb 3/5: Week 2

Media: Gasland by Josh Fox, 2010, (2:05) Rent from Amazon Prime ($4)

  • Watch Movie
  • Discussion Circles: Take one small specific part/scene of the media and show how it illustrates an important point/thread/idea that permeates the whole work. Due Tues at 10:00 AMDuring the rest of the week, review and comment on the posts of other members of your circle. Discuss connections between the media and the reading. Due Fri at 11:00 AM

Reading: “Staying with the Trouble,” Haraway “Introduction”: 

  • Reading Reaction Due Wed at 10:00 AM. Write or paste into the blog a short quote from the week’s reading with page number. Use this blog to indicate passages that you would like explained or that particularly drew your attention. Annotate with one word comment i.e. “explain,” “confusing,” “interesting,” “provocative” etc.
  • Josephine’s Response to Reading Reactions

Web Lecture materials: Intro to Haraway AND Documentary

Feb 10/12: Week 3 (Project Groups Assigned, start Group Project 1)

Media : Oceans of Noise Podcast, episodes 1-3 (30 mins each), The Guardian: episode 1episode 2episode 3
Reading: “Staying with the Trouble,” Donna Haraway Chapter 1 (note this is the course text book on the syllabus)
Josephine’s Response to Reading Reactions

Web Lecture: Oddkin, Companion Species and String Figures

Feb 17/19: Week 4

Media: BBC Beautiful Minds: James Lovelock, 2011, (60 minutes)
Reading: Haraway Chapter 2
Josephine’s Response to Reading Reactions

Web LectureGaia to Earth System Science

Feb 24/26: Week 5

Media: Tambien La Lluvia, 2010, Icíar Bollaín (1 hr 42) (NETFLIX)
Reading: Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 3, “do ecocritics dream of clockwork green,” by Andrew Hageman, pp 63-66 & 72-77 2012: electronic version available on library course reserve
Josephine’s Response to Reading Reactions

Web Lecture: Ideology, Tambien La Lluvia

Mar 2/4: Week 6: Group Project 1 DUE

Media: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, 1984, Hayao Miyazaki, (1 hr 58) (YOUTUBE ~$4)
Reading: Haraway chap 3, 59-76
Instructions for Group Project 2

Web Lecture: Nausicaa, microbes, food, soil

Mar 9/11: Week 7

Media:  Chasing Coral, Jeff Orlowski, date (1 hr 33) NETFLIX
Reading: Haraway Chapter 3, (reread from 71 then) pp 76-98 critical zones – ref Crocheted Coral Reef

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 – contradictions
  • Analysis of Chasing Coral with respect to one of these frames


Mar 23/25: Week 9 Group Project 2 DUE

Media: Games and VR
Reading: Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 2 by David Ingram, 2012, electronic version available on library course reserve

Web Lecture Cognitive Media Theory
Group Presentations – Watch all Games Presentations

Mar30/April : Week 10

Media: Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015, Dir. George Miller (2 hours): YOUTUBE + variety of streaming sources (~$4)

Web Lecture: Ecofeminism.

April 6/8: Week 11

Media: Reattuning the Mind
Reading: Ecocinema Theory and Practice, Chapter 1, Scott MacDonald , “The ecocinema experience,” part 1 pp 18-36, electronic version available on library course reserv

Web Lecture: Reattuning the Mind

April 13/15: Week 12

Media:  Watch Katherine Hayhoe TED Talk
Reading: Listen to Podcast Communicating Climate Change: a psychoanalysis – Science Weekly Podcast, Jan 19, 2017 The Guardian, Start Group Projec

Web Lecture: Communication

April 20/22: Week 13

Media: 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
Reading: Haraway Chapter

Web Lecture: Media and Eco-Activism

April 27/29: Week 14

Media: When the Levees Broke, Part I, 2006, Spike Lee, (~ 1 hr)
Reading: Listen to Podcast The Compass Podcast 3/28/17 Resources 27 min

Web Lecture: Media representations of Environmental Disasters

May 4/6: Week 15, Group Project 3 DUE

Listen to Podcasts: Measuring your fashion footprint: Chips with everything podcast AND Plastics: a villainous material? Or a victim of its own success? (33 mins)

Web Lecture: Sensing and Simulation
Group Presentations: Watch All Group Presentations