116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Teaching for the Post-Anthropocene I

Session Chair: 
Ron Milland, Independent Scholar
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 38


  1. Shefali Rajamannar, University of Southern California
    This paper will discuss my experiments teaching a class in Advanced Writing in the Natural Sciences to a mixed cohort of students next semester, many of whom will be majoring in the natural sciences, but several of whom might have completely unrelated majors. I will discuss my strategies designing assignments and class conversations around themes of sustainability,  ecosystems and the environment, animal studies, the usefulness of and complexities surrounding the term ‘Anthropocene’ -- and whether we are in- or-post-it -- to appeal to both groups.
  2. Eric Holmes, Purdue University Global/Portland State University
    Mary McEdwards, in her study of agitative rhetoric, identified that the role of this rhetorical strategy is, “a complete reversal or existing conditions or situations.” By using  “jolting, combative, and passionate” language, McEdwards crafted a means for drawing attention to important issues that are neglected by specific audiences. This paper will examine how agitative rhetoric can persuade individuals to act on the knowledge that they have: that climate change is a result of human endeavor and cannot be reversed without people curbing their behavior.
  3. Fionn Byrne, The University of British Columbia, Canada
    Students in the department of landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia, Canada, were introduced to a studio pedagogy which explored plant life as an active agent in shaping the urban environment.  Plants were deployed and interrogated for their ability to perform, alter, and shape, civic program.
  4. Stafford Smith, Grand Valley State University
    Many of theories in which photography is framed and discussed are grounded in the pre-digital age of the late 20th century. This inhibits understanding the massive on going changes wrought by social media, distribution, the way and reasons people take and understand pictures. My paper seeks to challenge the status quo in this matter.
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