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U. Oregon Arts Course Focuses on Climate Change
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:27:35 PM »
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U. Oregon Arts Course Focuses on Climate Change

Posted by Aleister    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:00pm

The left is methodically politicizing every area of study in higher ed. Even the arts are no longer safe.

Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times reports.

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    Using the Arts to Teach How to Prepare for Climate Crisis

    University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the University of Oregon has all the expected, alarming elements: rising oceans, displaced populations, political conflict, endangered animals.

    The goal of this class, however, is not to marshal evidence for climate change as a human-caused crisis, or to measure its effects — the reality and severity of it are taken as given — but how to think about it, prepare for it and respond to it. Instead of scientific texts, the class, “The Cultures of Climate Change,” focuses on films, poetry, photography, essays and a heavy dose of the mushrooming subgenre of speculative fiction known as climate fiction, or cli-fi, novels like “Odds Against Tomorrow,” by Nathaniel Rich, and “Solar,” by Ian McEwan.

    “Speculative fiction allows a kind of scenario-imagining, not only about the unfolding crisis but also about adaptations and survival strategies,” Professor LeMenager said. “The time isn’t to reflect on the end of the world, but on how to meet it. We want to apply our humanities skills pragmatically to this problem.”

    The class reflects a push by universities to meld traditionally separate disciplines; Professor LeMenager joined the university last year to teach both literature and environmental studies.

    Her course also shows how broadly most of academia and a younger generation have moved beyond debating global warming to accepting it as one of society’s central challenges.

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Re: U. Oregon Arts Course Focuses on Climate Change
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 10:30:48 PM »
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The goal of this class, however, is not to marshal evidence for climate change ... but how to think about it, prepare for it and respond to it. Instead of scientific texts, the class, “The Cultures of Climate Change,” focuses on films, poetry, photography, essays and a heavy dose of the mushrooming subgenre of speculative fiction known as climate fiction, or cli-fi, novels like “Odds Against Tomorrow,” by Nathaniel Rich, and “Solar,” by Ian McEwan.


Um, 'cuse me:  I may not be a brilliant liberal/prog, but I'm not really sure how consuming, and then bloviating on class essays, films, poetry, photography, essays and climate fiction prepares anyone to deal with climate change, assuming arguendo that the climate change hypothesized by this class is, in fact, real (a very dubious assumption).


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