2017 Program Agenda


2017 Summer Seminar for Educators: Agenda

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(Please note: the agenda provided is TENTATIVE. Changes may be made to accommodate shifting researcher schedules and venue availability.)

Seminar Agenda

Lead Instructor:

Steven Noll, PhD, Master Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Florida

Assistant Instructors:

Tim Blanton, PhD Student in the Department of History, University of Florida

Tracey Ritchie, PhD Candidate in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida

Master Teachers:

John Dickinson, Science Teacher, Oak Hall High School, Gainesville, FL

Stephanie Moody, History Teacher, Herbert C. Hoover Middle School, Indialantic, FL

Program Director:

Sophia Acord, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida


Program Description:

People in Florida shape their environment, but they are also sensitive to environmental changes. Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates is a unique, interdisciplinary residential educator seminar that tackles the complex issue of climate change by approaching it from multiple disciplines, and by situating contemporary changes in a historical perspective of climatic variations spanning millennia of geological years and thousands of years of human inhabitation of the peninsula. By showing how humans have experienced and responded to environmental changes over this time period, the seminar will emphasize how to teach adaptation and mitigation as a necessary way of life as Floridians. In this way, the seminar connects cutting-edge research in the humanities and ecological sciences to Florida environmental policy issues.

Required Seminar Texts (available in a pre-circulated PDF):

Daniel Aronson (1996) Overview of Systems Thinking: www.thinking.net.

Margaret Atwood (2015) “Time Capsule Found on the Dead Planet” Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction. (ed. John Joseph Adams). New York: Saga Press: 556-57.

Nelson Blake (1980) Land into Water-Water into Land. Gainesville, FL: University

Press of Florida. Chapter 12 “Water for the Future: 276-302. Available at: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00011664/00001

Holy See/Pope Francis (2015, May 24) Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (Papal Encyclical Excerpts)

Elizabeth Kolbert (2015, December 21) “The Siege of Miami” The New Yorker: 94-103. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/the-siege-of-miami

Francis E. Putz (2012) “Florida Forests Retreat” The Palmetto – Florida Native Plant Society, 29(1): 8-11.

Ken Sassaman (2016, May) What does Shell Mound Archaeological Site have to do with Water and Climate Change?

Gary Snyder (1995) “Nets of Beads, Webs of Cells” in A Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds: 65-73

Leslie Paul Thiele (1999) “The Challenge of Coevolution: Interdependence and Sustainable Development” in Environmentalism for a New Millennium: 30-58
Introduction to Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory (which we will visit on Thursday June 23rd): http://skml.clas.ufl.edu/2015/06/11/have-you-seen-our-video/

Introduction to Systems and Next Generation Science Standards: http://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/syslit14-sci-sys-bigidea/what-are-systems/

UF Explore research magazine, summer 2016, special issue on climate: http://explore.research.ufl.edu/


Supplementary Seminar Texts (available in a pre-circulated PDF):
Paolo Bacigalupi (2015) “The Tamarisk Hunter” Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction (ed. John Joseph Adams). New York: Saga Press: 511-526

Steven Noll and David Tegeder (2011) “The Wicked Ditch Will Never Die: The On-Going Controversy Over Rodman Reservoir” Journal of Florida Studies. http://www.journaloffloridastudies.org/wickedditch.html

Lynn White (1967) “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis” Science, 155: 1203-1207