Department: Environmental Studies
Brandn Green is Director of the Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell Unversity Environmental Center. He also is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Residential College and an adjunct professor with the Environmental Studies Department.
Professor Green collaborated on an article that was published recently in the Review of European Studies Vol. 4, No. 4, by the Canadian Center of Science and Education: http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/res/article/view/19481
In the fall he will teach a seminar in the Environmental Residential College:
RESC 098 07 CRN: 16519
Environmental Problems in Popular Culture
Prof. Brandn Green, Environmental Center
Fulfills the following requirements:
First-Year Course, Service Learning, Writing Level
If Madonna suggested that you could save the planet by driving less, would you start riding a bike? How worried are you about toxins found in toys or plastic water bottles? What is a CSA and how is it related to the cuteness of Pandas?
These are sort of silly exmples of the topics we will discuss in this seminar, "Popular Culture and Environmental Problems."
Environmental issues are not just conceived of in laboratories and classrooms, but are a part of popular culture and are identified as problems in discussions taking place on television, in movies and on the Internet. We will survey how environmental problems in the United States since the 1960s have been created, conceptualized and forgotten through the outlets of visual and print media, art, consumer products, advertising and books.
The goal of the class is to help each student become aware of how participation in a culture influences an individual, how environmental issues are presented in contemporary American pop culture, and how to become more thoughtfully and critically engaged with the world we receive.