Honors 2391V - Honors 2391V: Nature and the Quest for...

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Honors 2391V: Nature and the Quest for Meaning Spring 2007 * * * * “Once in his life, a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience; to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder upon it, to dwell upon it. He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it. “He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of the moon and the colors of the dawn and the dusk.” N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain * * * * “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” Mary Oliver, White Pines * * * * “The way we interact with the world in knowing it becomes the way we interact with the world as we live in it.” Parker Palmer, To Know as We Are Known * * * * “This is a highly sensual business you are setting about. So think small, move slowly, look sharply, be patient--and prepare for extraordinary pleasures.” Robert Michael Pyle, Handbook for Butterfly Watching * * * * Tentative Schedule Week 1 JANUARY Wed. 17— Discuss syllabus and course requirements. What is nature? Sign up to lead class discussion. Sign up for author interviews. Discuss class trip. Fri. 19— What is nature writing? What is its purpose? What forms does it take? Discuss Prologue to A Natural History of Nature Writing Week 2 Mon. 22— Why do we need nature?
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Wed. 24— Begin The Geography of Childhood Fri. 26— The Geography of Childhood Week 3 Mon. 29— The Geography of Childhood Wed. 31— Research paper workshop [Last day to drop with no record] FEBRUARY Fri. 2— Begin Ecology of a Cracker Childhood [Last day to drop with automatic W] Week 4 Mon. 5 — How do we find our place? Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Wed. 7 — Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Fri. 9 — Field trip to Aquarena Springs Week 5 Mon. 12— Begin Comanche Midnight; author interview paper due Wed. 14— Comanche Midnight Fri. 16— Conversation with author Stephen Harrigan Week 6 Mon. 19— Comanche Midnight Wed. 21— Presentation on John Graves by Professor Mark Busby, Center for the Study of the Southwest Fri. 23— Goodbye to a River Week 7 Mon. 26— Goodbye to a River Wed. 28— Field trip with Professor Michael Huston, Dept. of Biology
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