Sunday, November 4, 2012

Theobold Reading Hybrid Activity (11/5/12)

Identify one key concept in the Theobold reading (available on Moodle).  State that concept, then explain what it means in your own words.  Lastly, link to a newspaper article that, in some way, relates to this concept..

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oct 1 and Nov 1 Post (Hydrid Day)

Post one excerpt from the Taylor & Helfenbein reading, then ask a question about the quote/excerpt.  That's it!

Monday, October 8, 2012

10.8.12 Hybrid Day Post

After viewing The Meatrix, what do you discern the main thesis (or theses) to be?  How is this communicated through visual rhetoric?  How effective were the clips in persuading your thoughts and/or actions?  What counterarguments might you make?  Please make sure your response is at least 8-10 sentences in length.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Extra Credit: Environmental Visual Rhetoric

Read this definition of visual rhetoric (from Wikipedia no less).  Next, locate an example of visual rhetoric as relates to environmental action and awareness.  Post to your blog, replete with image and a brief explanation.  Once you have done this, comment below with a link to your blog.  You will definitely want to describe how technology can aid or influence environmental thought and action.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bioregionalism Defined

Please post your provisional definition of bioregionalism or bioregional literacy below.  This will be the term that you operationalize in your thesis, in order to comment on Gary Snyder's poems in Turtle Island AND your own chosen place (re: its environmental concerns/qualities).  Lastly, provide an in-text citation and a full citation, as would appear in a Works Cited list, at the end of your quote.  Feel free to use the NCSU citation builder.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Place, Space, Climate Change, and Public Health

Part of my summer research and writing agenda focuses on tapping back in to my science writing (e.g., WID) roots and affinity.  As such, I have been doing my whole information foraging thing and am discovering a ton of really cool (pun intended) research on climate change and public health.  Among the most notable is Preparing a People: Climate Change and Public Health by Catherine M. Cooney, a very nice intro to climate change intersections in public health that appeared in NIEHS' Environmental Health Perspectives about a year ago.

Given my preoccupation with place and sustainability (for whatever that means now), there is a passage of most noteworthy import for me.  It reads:

Chicago is one of several large cities with climate action plans in place—others include New York City, San Francisco, Sydney, and Mexico City.  Like Chicago’s, these plans promote mitigation and sustainability. Much of the adaptation portion of these initiatives is aimed at the built environment—buildings, highways, and facilities. But officials in these cities are beginning to talk about the public health cobenefits from their action plans, and public health advocates are speaking up and pushing for programs designed to prepare for or prevent climate-sensitive disease and illness.

I am drawn to this excerpt as a sort of crystallization of my current musings on climate change and place.  Throughout the summer and fall I'll try to profile a few of these places, as well as some others that are aiming to address challenges of climate change through infrastructure (i.e., place) and behavior (space).  And, I will also have some commentary on places that seem destined to fail (or at least have a very rocky road ahead) upcoming trip to Atlanta comes to mind.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Somewhere Over Montana

In my effort to profile up and coming airplane poets, I present the latest by chinook...I believe in her.

Somewhere Over Montana

Somewhere over Montana:  over Bozeman, just south of Missoula (waves at Jeff).  Crossing into Idaho shortly…

Ground speed 466mph

Headwind 78mph

36,000 feet.

One hour 12 minutes left in flight.

Outside air temp: -45.

Hold me close.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reflection on Presentations

Ok, think back to last week's presentations. What particular presentations still remain with you, that is which ones are memorable? Why so? A presentation may stick out in your memory because it was "good" or "bad"...share accordingly. Please give some details, and maybe even respond to one of your classmates as they remark on presentations that impacted them.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Response for Thursday 3/29

Briefly describe similarities that you see (or would have like to have seen) in the two articles, "Mapping Everyday" and "Indigenous Resistance". Feel free to expand/expound on themes introduced by others on this post.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In-Class Writing 3-8-12

Read Bill McKibben’s blog post at

Next, identify one sentence that seems to characterize a main point that Mckibben is trying to get across to readers. Write this sentence below.

With this sentence in mind, answer the following two questions in 1-2 sentences each. Post your remarks to the class blog or use the space below to do this.

  • Who is MciKibben’s intended audience (or audiences)? What statements or characteristics exist in the blog post or blog that suggest this audience?

  • In what ways do you find McKibben’s argument to be compelling (or not)?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where did the trees go?

What are we educating for? And, how do we answer simple questions?