Fall 2022

Geology 095
Medical Geology
Professor Laura Webb

This course explores the relationships between human health, geologic processes, and Earth materials. We will examine potential health hazards to which humans are exposed by air, water, soil, or Earth perturbations such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and mining. Foundational geologic and geochemical knowledge will be applied to think critically about factors that affect health outcomes, such as biosolubility and bioreactivity of Earth materials. Through case studies, we will explore related issues around public health, including testing and regulation.

Geography 061
Place, Landscape & Environment in Vermont
Professor Harlan Morehouse

This course introduces students to the geographic study of place and landscape, Vermont’s environmental history, and contemporary socio-environmental issues. Geography is an interdisciplinary field, drawing on knowledge, methods, and ideas in physical sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and visualization/mapping technologies. Consideration of spatial relationships differentiates Geography from other disciplines. We weave several disciplinary perspectives into our critical geographical approach study of Vermont’s environment.

Spring 2023

*All EES students enroll in English 40 and choose between Dance 96 and Geography 40 for their second spring course.*

English 040
Climate Change in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Professor Holly Painter

This course uses science fiction and fantasy as a means of thinking through the challenges of sustainability in the face of climate change. We will use journalism, non-fiction essays, and of course, fiction novels and short stories to examine how climate change threatens sustainable development and how lack of investment in sustainable development in turn contributes to climate change. We will read each work of fiction through the lens of one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dance 096
Environment & Performance
Professor Julian Barnett

This course explores the relationship between the human body, environment, and performance. The course orients itself around the processes of the body, as it moves, witnesses, and discerns to uniquely perceive ‘environment’ as a multi-layered body of history, geography, and identity and ‘performance’ as a social-political and transformative structure. The goals of the course are to heighten an individual's sensitivity to naturalistic practices that help build relationships to space, time, biography, and context. The class offers perspectives of how performance can function as a vital way of seeing, as well as being, within specific and rapidly shifting environments.

Geography 040
Weather, Climate & Landscape
Professor Rebecca Diehl

Weather, Climate and Landscapes introduces the study of the spatial dynamics of earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, water resources, landforms and ecosystems. In this course we explore how the atmosphere works, gain skills for interpreting the weather and understanding controls on climate, and examine how weather and climate influence processes that shape the surface of the earth and influence ecosystems. We seek to understand how these processes affect and are affected by human activity.