Environmental grieving processes have recently gained traction in both academic content and mainstream media. The goal of these processes is to facilitate a radical emotional reckoning with the magnitude and incomprehensibility of climate change, in order to move from a place of anxiety and guilt into a place of hope and healthy, productive action. This course seeks to create a space for students to collectively explore grieving processes in relation to climate change, and to draw upon their personal knowledge and grieving methods, as well as the thoughts of scholars and impacted communities, to test various concrete grieving approaches. Through a 2 hour weekly seminar, we will study foundational texts and current media reports of environmental destruction, while integrating personal accounts of climate disasters and comprehensive environmental justice. We will engage in a diverse set of grieving approaches including: creating personal grief maps, adapting traditional grieving processes to climate scenarios, examining how guilt and shame are attached to climate change, and studying and creating environmental grieving art works. We will study action art and audience engagement art principles, as well as methods used by contemporary eco artists, in order to create these art works, which will strive to inspire grieving processes in the viewer. The course will culminate in the completion of the facilitator's senior thesis, which will combine the thoughts and discoveries made over the course of the class with interviews of each participant and descriptions of their work, in order to contribute a student perspective to the growing environmental grieving movement. The course will meet on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm.
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|Discussion||Sophia Fenn||10||McCone 509||[Tu] 5:00PM-7:00PM||02/04/2020||Open||0||33391|