Schedule

The professor reserves the right to make minor changes to the schedule and reading assignments.  (This will be rare.)  Students, on average, should expect to be reading approximately 60-80 pages/week.

September 3

Date Class Topic Reading Due in Class on This Day Assignment Due on This Day
September 3 Introduction to the Class. Discussion of Climate Change.  Writing a reflection paper. “Can We Survive Extreme Heat” by Jeff Goodell, in Rolling Stone
September 5 Evidence and Analysis. “What’s the Rush?  Reacting to a Slow Moving Disaster” by Susanna Priest, in Communication Climate Change [Blackboard]

“Audiences are (finally) paying more attention to climate stories” by Andrew McCormick, in Columbia Journalism Review

Reflection paper; Elements of Style Quiz #1 (chapter 1)
September 10 Climate Change Science “Climate Change: A Primer” by Robert Henson, in Climate Change: The Rough Guide [Blackboard]

“Expert Consensus on the Economics of Climate Change” by Peter Howard and Derek Sylvan, NYU [skim]

Climate Change Outline; Elements of Style Quiz #1 (chapter 1)
September 12 Website Analysis and Social Media “May the Excessive Force be With You: Memes as Political Participation” by Limor Shifman, in Memes in Digital Culture [Blackboard]

“The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you” by Drew Kann,  Will Houp, Judson Jones, and Sean O’Key, on CNN.

“We broke down what climate change will do, region by region,” in Grist

“Most YouTube climate change videos ‘oppose the consensus view’” by Gregory Robinson, in The Guardian

Elements of Style Quiz #2 (chapter 2)
September 17 Journalism Source Analysis.

https://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages

“An Environment/ Economic Hybrid Frame in US Press Coverage” by Stephen Zehr, in Climate Change and the Media [Blackboard]

“’No doubt left’ about scientific consensus on global warming, say experts” by Jonathan Watts, in The Guardian

United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education by James Ellsmoore, in Forbes

July was earth’s hottest month ever recorded by Rachel Frazin, in The Hill

“There is no Planet B” by Kim Robinson, in Sierra

Elements of Style Quiz #3 (chapter 3-4)
September 19 BOTH CLASSES for Game/Simulation I Elements of Style Quiz #4 (chapter 5)
September 24 Green New Deal// Twitter/Hashtag Analysis. Tragedy of the Commons

“The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency,” by Carolyn Kormann, in New Yorker

“Green New Deal” H. RES. 109

Journalism Analysis
September 26 Climate Change Denial/ Climate Change Fear “The Misogyny of Climate Deniers” by Martin Gelin, in New Republic

“Right is Right: The Revolutionary Power of Climate Change” by Naomi Klein, in This Changes Everything [Blackboard]

“The Things We Fear” by Mike Hulme, in Why We Disagree About Climate Change [Blackboard]

October 1 Library Databases and Research Journals (L-100) Twitter Analysis
October 3 Semiotics and Visual Communication I Climate Changed: 1-136

“An Outline of Semiotic Theory” by Marcel Danesi, in Understanding Media Semiotics, 2nd Edition.  [Blackboard]

October 3-5 NAAS’s Regional Conference (details to follow)  
October 8 Semiotics and Visual Communication II Climate Changed: 138-294
October 10 Semiotics and Visual Communication III Climate Changed: 296-467 + ending epilogues and notes
October 15 Documentary/Planning a film/BBC America Film Excerpt/Scriptwriting “What Gives Documentaries a Voice of Their Own?” by Bill Nicholas, in Introduction to Documentary [Blackboard]
October 17 Narrating a film/Performance Watch “Inconvenient Truth” (1 hour, 30 minutes)

“An Inconvenient Truth: An Environmental Tipping Point” by Pat Brereton, in Environmental Ethics and Film [Blackboard]

October 22 Cinematography + Editing “Cinematic Codes” by Erik Knudsen, in Creative Documentary [Blackboard]

“Zen and the Art of Documentary Editing” by Wilma de Jong, in Creative Documentary [Blackboard]

Semiotic Analysis
October 23 Teach-In (more details to follow)
October 24 BOTH CLASSES: “IO” + discussion “The Communication of Risk” by Mike Hulme, in Why We Disagree About Climate Change [Blackboard]
October 29 BOTH CLASSES: “Take Shelter” + discussion Film Treatment
October 31 “Beyond the Flood” “Pre-trauma Climate Scenarios” by E. Ann Kaplan, in Climate Trauma [Blackboard]

“The Day After Kyoto” by Elizabeth Kolbert, in Field Notes from a Catastrophe [Blackboard]

November 5 “Beyond the Flood discussion “Problems of Denotation in the Fiction Film” by Christian Metz, in Film Theory and Criticism [Blackboard]
November 7 Activism: Abigail McHugh-Grifa of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition. “Police Arrest 70 Climate Change Protesters Outside New York Times Building” by Daniel Politi, in Slate

“I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle,” by Mary Annaise Heglar, in Vox

Film Analysis
November 12 The Language of Climate Change (Persuaders excerpt) “What’s in a Name?  How Global Warming Became Climate Change”  by Marc Morano, in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change [Blackboard]

“Discourse of Power: Michel Foucault” by John Storey, in Cultural Theory and Popular Culture [Blackboard]

November 14 Discuss book. Audience and Genre. Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: 1-38  
November 14-17  Feminist-Pragmatist Colloquium (more details to follow)  
November 19 Discuss book. Asking questions (and a thesis, eventually) Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: 39-68  
November 21 Discuss book. Organizing an argument. Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: 69-117 Commentary about Fisher-Sponsored Conferences 
November 26 Moving Forward/Developing World. Conferences. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) [skim]
November 28 Thanksgiving
December 3 Lab/Conferences
December 5 Student Films Presentations /Conclusions.
(Class from 12:30-3:00)
Film
Finals Week Commentary on “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene”