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CRS 244: A Humanities Perspective on the Chesapeake

This course will explore the following topics. Some lecturers will be on campus, while others will be delivered while we are on the road. Topics will include:

  • The Art of Keeping a Journal
  • Vision and Site in Environmental Writing
  • Revision and Writing
  • The Environmental Literature of the Chesapeake — group discussions and discussions with regional writers
  • Art in the Exploration of Nature & the Environment
  • The Power of Scientific Illustration
  • The Peales — Art & Science
  • Traditional Art of the Chesapeake
  • Music and Culture
  • Musical Genres of the Region
  • The Influence of Religion in the Chesapeake — spirituality and stewardship
  • Environmental Ethics

Sample Activities

  • Keep a daily journal reflecting your activity and your thinking about your experiences.
  • Prepare drawings, photographs, videos or other works that reflect specific aspects of the estuary and enhance powers of observation.
  • Work with original works of art in conservation, exhibitry or collections management (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum collections, WC Archaeology Lab)
  • Study and analyze an original work of art or music
  • Write, perform or participate in traditional or other regional music
  • Conduct interviews exploring issues such as values and environmental ethics