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Fall 2018 Course List
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Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
During thirty years of Maoist revolution and, now, forty years of quasi-capitalist reform, China’s authoritarian regime has had a tempestuous relationship with the natural world. First famously contemptuous of the constraints nature might pose on human ambitions, the Chinese Communist Party dammed, flooded, irrigated, chopped, extracted, paved, and irradiated with abandon. Mao’s successors might have departed from his ideological dismissiveness of the environment, but in their quest to maximize the growth of China’s economy, they continued to run roughshod over the increasingly fragile ecosystem. The world’s most ambitious family-planning regimen was, perhaps, the one great concession to the natural world’s limited capacity to provide. Now seeking to displace American leadership on the world stage, Party Secretary Xi Jinjping aims to take the lead in a global competition for green technology and finance. In this course we will explore the complex relationship between political organization and environmental policy. We will examine tensions between state sovereignty and global interdependence. We will also look the role of civil society, the media, and international NGOs. What implications does the Chinese state’s capacity to dictate consumption and production choices have for the natural world? If the results prove favorable, might other countries be inclined to authoritarian measures of their own? Students in the class will engage in a quick study of the history of China’s environment and then a closer analysis of recent policy decisions, and what they tell us about the role of the contemporary state in stewarding natural resources. Each student will pick a subject to examine in greater detail. We will draw on the expertise of colleagues at the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and the Vermont Law School’s China Project.
- Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
- Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
This introductory class will focus on the design features, principles, and use of Japanese hand tools. Following Toshio Odate’s text as our guide, we will consider the role of the shokunin or craftsman in society. We will study the physical properties of steel, stone, and wood. We will examine the aesthetics and function of traditional temple joinery. Dull tools will become sharp in our hands. We will look out to the wider world through a fieldtrip to New Hope PA, home to George Nakashima’s workshop. We will also look in to the fine expressions of grain in pieces of pine and oak, which will tell us how to approach the wood with our tools. By the end of the term students will be able to recognize a halved, rabbeted, oblique, scarf joint, and maybe even be able to cut one!
- None, some manual dexterity helpful!
- Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L18
- Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L18