Course code:

HS1061

Level:

I - Introductory

Class size limit:

15

This class will explore the history and current developments of the rewilding movement. We will examine the concepts of rewilding/landscape-scale conservation, and explore a number of examples including the Yukon to Yellowstone corridor, (YtoY), the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A), the Jaguar Corridor initiative from northern Argentina to Mexico, and the Eastern Wildway effort along the East Coast of the United States and Canada. Our core text will be Caroline Fraser’s Rewilding the World: Dispatches from a Conservation Revolution. We will also read and debate essays from Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth, Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation, and excerpts from E.O. Wilson’s Half Earth. Opposition arguments will also be debated. The class will discuss the cultural and perceptual transformations rewilding requires. We will read excerpts from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, and examine stories of perceptual transformation including Karsten Heuer’s, Being Caribou, and Joe Hutto’s Illumination in the Flatwoods. The class will skype with Roshan Patel, filmmaker of Pride, a story of coexistence with lions in Gujarat, India, (https://vimeo.com/65923702), and brown bear ecologist and film producer, Chris Morgan (https://chrismorganwildlife.org). A field component will include volunteering at the Downeast Salmon Federation’s Peter Gray Hatchery. Evaluation will be based on participation in class discussions, the field trip and written assignments. Students will write one essay and a final paper on a rewilding topic of their choosing.

Prerequisites:

None.

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