Brand-new Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities seminar to be taught in Fall 2020!

May 20, 2020

The central "touchstone" course in Penn's new environmental humanities undergraduate minor curriculum will be taught for the first time in the fall semester 2020. This course--Transdiscplinary Environmental Humanities (ANTH 310)--is designed to be co-taught by faculty trained in distinct (distant) disciplinary traditions, to introduce students to some of the foundational theoretical frameworks of the environmental humanities, and to expose them to the challenges and possibilities of working across disciplinary boundaries in studying environmental problems.   

In Fall 2020, this exciting new course will be taught by Dr. Kristina Lyons (Anthropology, PPEH) and Dr. Marilyn Howarth (Pharmacology, CEET), covering four broad themes from a transnational perspective: urban air pollution, soil remediation, deforestation, and water contamination. A comparative exploration of environmental justice in both Colombia and the U.S. will be infused throughout.

To entice Penn students to enroll, Dr. Lyons and Dr. Howarth have created a short teaser video, included below, offering a broad outline of the course, the structure of assignments and an introduction to the culminating final project.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the instructors with any questions.