FYF@Innis Seminars

Environmental Writing​

Professor: Andrea Williams
Subject: Innis College
Course Code: INI196H1F

Seminar description

From environmental disasters and ecological collapse to climate change denial and celebrations of nature and wilderness, we will explore the diverse ways humans imagine and write about the natural world and the consequences of such writing.

We will study a variety of nonfiction texts, images, and videos about ecology, the environment, nature, wilderness, and sustainability as we consider what these terms mean. From the 19th century American transcendentalists to 20th century ecologists, and 21st century scientific, Indigenous, feminist, and anti-racist perspectives, we will analyze the many ways that humans use writing to argue for certain ways of seeing and interacting with our planet and the creatures that inhabit it.

Through weekly reading, written reflections, and discussion, students will hone their deep reading, research, and writing skills.

Get to know the professor

NAME: Jeff Rosenthal

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: Probabilities Everywhere

HOMETOWN: Scarborough

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Green Book

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Blues Brothers

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW:  Allentown (by Billy Joel)

FAVOURITE FOOD: Peanut Butter

GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching Star Trek reruns.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Performing musical accompaniment to comedy shows.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I was born on Friday the 13th.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: When a student is excited by something they learn.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: To learn the many connections of probabilities to our lives.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: How to use probability reasoning to better understand the world around us.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: Statistics is more popular than ever, with skyrocketing student enrollments and many job opportunities.

SOME FINAL WORDS: I hope to see you in my class!

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Creative & Cultural Representations (1)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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