Featured Image: NOLA Water Treatment Facility Katrina Repairs
- 1. Good work at the workshop yesterday. If you navigate to the Poster Assignment Page, please find some How-to materials in the right hand column.
- 2. Multimedia Studio printing turn around time?
- 3. I forgot to ask you to put your name on the Google form I sent out for Poster Presentation Preferences. You can have three extra credit points if you present on Monday.
Freewrite: Write a response to the following question for 7-10 minutes without stopping, and be prepared to share your answer with the class:
In a few sentences, describe the local or national development issue/project have you chosen to illustrate the concept of sustainability in your poster. Then, in a few more sentences, explain what exactly the issue/project you chose aims to sustain, i.e. preserve, protect, maintain.
Organize yourselves into groups according to the first few letters of your last name, and answer the question below that corresponds with your group number:
Take 10-15 minutes to discuss your answer in your group & be prepared to cite evidence when you respond to your question.
Group One: List some of the ways that Morton defines the ecological thought. Are you ever satisfied with his definition? Is he?
Group Two: List some of the rhetorical or stylistic choices Morton makes in this chapter. How does his rhetorical style compare with Caradonna’s? Is one author more successful than the other, why/why not?
Group Three: What does the term “Nature” describe according to Morton? Why do we have to let go of “Nature” to have ecology? Do you agree, why/why not?
Group Four: What happens to the concept of personhood or the human when it expands under the ecological thought? For instance, what do you think Morton means when he says that “The ecological thought fans out into questions concerning cyborgs, artificial intelligence, and the irreducible uncertainty over what counts as a person” (8)?Do you agree, why/why not?
Group Five: What sorts of artwork best demonstrate the ecological thought? To respond to this question, examine at least one movie, book, etc. that he talks about as an example of the ecological thought. Can you think of your own example(s)? Do you agree with his assessment, why/why not?
Discussion of “Nature, Post-Nature”
Get out the Clark essay and be prepared to discuss the following:
- 1.What does Clark mean when he says that the language we have inherited to describe the current environmental crisis is “fragile” (75)? How do the words “nature” and “natural” get “pulled in opposite directions at once” (75)?
- 2.What is the Anthropocene? How does the Anthropocene mess with distinctions such nature and culture or human and nature?
- 3. What “scenarios” does Clark propose would “avoid the disasters of the Anthropocene” (84) if implemented? What keeps his proposals from being implemented?
- 4. How does Clark’s definition of nature compare to Morton’s defintion? How does Clark’s definition compare to Caradonna’s?
Finally…How might you incorporate Morton or Clark’s ideas into your poster?
Featured Image: Le Boulevard de Montmartre, Matinée de Printemps, street view from hotel window, 1897
Here’s some follow-up info. from last class:
- 1. Some follow-up info. from Sarah’s presentation: Sarah Neville, Sustainability Related Student Organizations, and Tour Slides. Want to talk about a couple of take aways from Sarah’s presentation: anyone want to collect all the straws we use in one week in a bag, or some variation? Want to gamify a solution to the problem of using too much water in the dorm showers?
- 2. I will made a Google doc to share our pics and footage. Just click on the link i nthe Google invite and you’ll have full access. We can calk about attribution later. Dr. Yow is going to send us the video from the Beltline Tour and the Gravel talk, which I will upload, along with some video and images I have taken.
- 3. Who has had WOVENText issues?
- 4. Tomorrow we are meeting at the Comm Lab, Clough 447
- 5. I made a mistake with Canvas, so the Caradonna reading was not accessible till early this morning. I’ll go over key details during discussion that you can return to if you choose to use Caradonna in your Poster Presentation. Actually, take a few minutes and make sure you can access the readings and the First Week Video submission page in Canvas.
- 5. We’ll be talking about our First Week Video drafts later, but I wanted to review video submission now, so I don’t forget.
What is Sustainability?
Get into four groups and respond to the questions below:
- 1. According to Sarah Neville, Ryan Gravel, OR Jeremey Caradonna, what is sustainability?
- 2. What are some conditions under which the theory and practice of sustainability develops?
- 3. Pick one image that Neville, Gravel, or Caradonna uses, which you think best conveys sustainability to audiences, share that image with me by pasting the link/image in the comments below, and be preprepared to explain why and/or how the image you chose is so successful.
One your own, please respond to the following without stopping:
- 1.Make a list of sustainable development projects that you could illustrate in your poster presentation (i.e low flow fixtures, tree canopy, waste infrastructure, solar power, composting, water reclamation, bikes, trains, and local food).
- 2. Pick one project you listed and explain how that project illustrates one, or more, concepts of sustainability.
- 3. Draw the project you chose, or one element of it, on the board.
The numbers of the questions below correspond to numbers on the board.Please read through the questions below, and then take yourself and your draft to the number that corresponds to the question that best describes the biggest challenge you face in your First Week Video.Once in your groups, take turns reading/describing your Video draft and then discuss revision strategies. I will circulate from group to group and answer questions.
- 1. Claims: Are you having trouble articulating a challenge relating to one of the modes/assignments—written, oral, visual, electronic, or nonverbal communication—that you’ll be engaging with in class projects this semester and exploring at least one portion of that challenge in depth?
- 2. Evidence: Are you having trouble developing your claim through a specific example from your personal experience and/or explaining how you plan to meet the challenge(s) you anticipate facing?
- 3. Organization: Are you having trouble sustaining the claim throughout and/or transitioning from one piece of evidence to another?
- 4. Affordances of the Medium: Are you having trouble incorporating sound or images that reinforce the main goal of the video and help audiences better understand your challenges you anticipate facing and ways you plan to meet those challenges ?
Take five minutes and think through the questions that follow. If you did not have a chance to read WOVENText, share with a neighbor who has a text and/or find the info. in your minds or on the internet:
- 1. What are some characteristics of successful writing across modes (WOVEN)?
- 2. What are the three “critical concepts of communication” and how do those concepts help make good writing possible?
- 3. What is “Code Switching“, and what are common modes of address? How do these terms effect how you write an email (21)? How might What are their larger, socio-political implications?
- 4. What is the Comm Center? (11 & 25-28)