Amy M Lambert
Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.
WINTER 2008 GLOBAL FEMINISMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE This course will explore the connection between change in local biological communities and the resultant impact on local and regional societies throughout the world. Interpretation of biological change will be inferred using socio-political aspects of feminist art to critically examine political cultures impacted by global climate change. Using a thematic approach the course will focus on contemporary artists returning to traditional landscapes to explore “feminism from a third wave perspective” while in tandem examining nontraditional data sets collected by local peoples that have been instrumental in linking changes in the local environment to global changes in climate. We will study the work of contemporary artists such as Kiki Smith, Lorna Simpson, Shahzia Sikander, Ghada Amer, Kimsooja, Ledelle Moe, Rachel Whiteread and Amy Cutler. As well as examine climate change studies by ecologists such as Camille Parmesan, Jessica Hellmann and Lisa Crozier.
Student learning goals
Examine the history of feminist art (global feminisms) and global climate change
Analyze visual imagery in terms of its political, social and cultural meanings
Examine the political, social and cultural underpinnings of globalization and climate change
Gain experience in writing effectively about interdisciplinary subjects such as art and ecology
Develop critical thinking skills that enable synthesis of multiple subject areas
Gain experience in research and public presentation
General method of instruction
Course material will be presented through lectures, discussions and readings. Field trips to local galleries or museums are required.
Prior coursework in ecology (e.g., BES 312), environmental science and/or visual art or art history can be useful but is not required. Recommend that you have an interest in environmental science, contemporary art and politics.
Class assignments and grading
Active engagement with course content via class discussion is essential. Grades will be based on short writing assignments, one research paper and two oral presentations.