Jim Farrell

History/American Studies

Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College

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Cows, Colleges, and Curriculum: A Sustainability Workshop part of Sustainability Workshop
This workshop was a cooperative effort by the two liberal arts colleges in Northfield, MN: St. Olaf College and Carleton College. The workshop looked at activities on both campuses that strive to integrate sustainability issues across the curriculum.

Activities (3)

Remembering the Model T part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
Henry Fords Model T ended production in 1926. In that year, a number of people have gathered to offer their perspectives on its historical (and environmental impact).

Looking Back at History part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
The first weeks of American environmental history introduce students to the Columbian exchange, and to the changes in the land caused by the environmental practices (agricultural and cultural) of the European settlers, as they displaced Indians in the habitats of North America. This assignment lets students examine those changes in some detail, using a single species and/or commodity as a focus.

My Environmental Histories part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
In American Environmental History, we emphasize the idea that everybody makes history every day, and that ideas and institutions have long-term environmental impacts that are often unobserved in history or in life. This final exam allows students to integrate their learning, and personalize it, seeing how their own lives are historically constructed, and how they can make history by constructing their lives differently. The exam also allows me to read papers that are academic and practical and personal, and a lot more interesting than conventional test questions.

Course

Campus Ecology part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Courses
An exploration of the moral ecology of everyday life on college campuses, paying attention to the social construction of common sense and the habits that affect the habitats of the world, as well as to alternative ways of thinking and acting sustainably, so that everybody lives "happily ever after."

Other Contribution

Sustaining US part of Sustainability Workshop:Activities
This assignment is a final exam for an American Studies course, asking students to apply American Studies thinking to the issue of sustainability. This exam can be done individually or in groups.


Events and Communities

Sustainability Workshop Participants

State Your Case! Workshop Aug 09 Participants