In this course we will look at American concepts of our environment from the 1830s to the present. In addition to examining the major ideas regarding our relationship with the land around us we will also discuss the meaning of environmental preservation. Topics will include defining the environment, settler and native notions of nature, initial philosophy of conservation, national policy, and global ecology. We will discuss the ideas of Marsh, Thoreau, Muir, Pinchot, Leopold, and Carson.
GROUP LEADER: Jed Watters has taught courses in environmental history at both Assumption College and WPI.
Reading for first class: Henry David Thoreau, “Sounds” in Walden, (May be available online.)
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609