CENHS to Offer Spring Course on “Culture, Energy and the Environment”

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013
CENHS to Offer Spring Course on “Culture, Energy and the Environment”

This Spring, CENHS offers Rice undergraduates an introductory course in the energy and environmental humanities: “Culture, Energy and the Environment: An Introduction to Energy Humanities.”  Taught by Cultures of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, the course draws upon new research across the arts, humanities and social sciences to help students better understand the cultural and social dimensions of our currents patterns of energy use, their environmental impacts, and the possibility of new energy futures.

The course is intended for both STEM majors and humanities and social science students.  Readings will include a number of scholars that have recently visited Rice, including Jean-Francois Mouhot, Dale Jamieson and Naomi Oreskes, as well as articles or chapters by Rob Nixon, Timothy Mitchell, Kari Marie Norgaard, Tim Morton and Paolo Bacigalupi.  Students will visit ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery, participate in Spring CENHS events, and collaboratively create posters that will be publicly displayed at the CENHS Spring symposium and then on the Rice campus.  The course is cross-listed with Environmental Studies, and is listed as HUMA 202 / ENST 202.

For more information, please contact Matthew Schneider-Mayerson at mjs23@rice.edu.