Spring 2021

Film & Television Studies 096
Film and Land
Professor Deb Ellis

In this class we consider how film communicates in a selection of films that include significant portrayals of land. We engage in film analysis and consider formal elements such as genre and structure. We examine how land has been portrayed in Western art and how films that include land as a major element might relate to that history. We also consider questions related to the impact films have on public opinion and think about how films are produced and distributed to create that impact.

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 Beverley Wemple

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.

Fall 2020

Geology 005
Mountain to Lake: The Geology of the Lake Champlain Basin
Professor Andrea Lini

“Mountain to Lake: The Geology of the Lake Champlain Basin” is a course designed to introduce principles, methods, and products of natural science applicable to the Champlain Basin. The course is field-oriented with lecture periods providing a forum for discussion and explanation of field observations. Although there will be some traditional lectures, many of the class times will be interactive with field-based laboratories, emphasizing observation and interpretation of natural phenomena, and sample and data collecting for subsequent analysis and interpretation.

Geography 061
Place, Landscape & Environment in Vermont
Professor Cheryl Morse

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.