This course provides a foundation for understanding and evaluating the environmental, social and economic impacts of policies, technologies, designs, and personal choices.  The course will be taught through lectures, problem based learning, and case studies.  Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions, propose (and defend) sustainable solutions to common problems, and challenge their own notions of environmentalism, risk, and technological progress.  Towards the end of the semester, students will prepare research papers investigating the sustainability aspects of various topics of personal interest (e.g. the Rio Olympics, fracking).


This course will look at and study art from the point of view of literary authors. Students will keep a journal of their own esthetic responses to various works of art, and compare with the authors' writings on the same.The journal should be posted on Digication. One student will be assigned an artist for class presentations, and will lead the discussion on the artist's works and their assigned commentaries.

The book is on ibooks and is free. There will also be handouts later on in the semester for copyrighted artists and authors.

Course requirements:

The journal will be collected randomly. There will be one final paper due at the end of the semester (8-10 pages)

Journal: 25%
Midterm: 25%
Reports: 25%
Final paper: 25%


This course takes up the question of how and what societies remember. We examine the social contexts of memory and the practices through which memory is channeled in the past and in the present. We look at the material constructions designed to commemorate events, people, and the past generally, including burials, memorials, rituals, and re-enactments and recreations. We explore the ways in which people recently have sought to transform the past into “heritage,” asking both why and how heritage has become such a concern today. The course is divided into three segments: one on social memory, one on commemorations, and one on the creation and management of heritage. We will host a visiting speaker the week after spring break, in March, and in April will attend a historical re-enactment.