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& the Environment: War, Immigration

  • Motion Media Arts Center 2200 Tillery Street Austin, TX, 78723 United States (map)

Care is renewed
for the one who must send
very often
over the binding of the waves
a weary heart. 
-The Wanderer

We'll begin this class--part of our current series, "& the Environment," which considers the intersection of environmental issues with other concerns--with some basic background on the ways in which climate change fuels both war and immigration. Mostly, however, we will continue what has been a series-long discussion of storytelling. What kinds of stories do we tell ourselves about immigrants and refugees? What would better stories look, feel, and sound like, and how can we learn to tell them? How useful is it to incorporate climate change and other environmental concerns into those stories?  As with every other class this series, we will be meeting to discuss these texts on both Monday night and Wednesday morning. Please join us at whichever class best fits your schedule. 

Texts (optional, but encouraged)
"Climate Change: How Trump Could Become the World's Greatest Sponsor of Terrorism" (CJ Werleman)
The Wanderer (Medieval poem, background here)
Humid, all Too Humid (Cosmo Bjorkenheim and A.M. Gittlitz)
In the Water (Karla Cornejo Villavicencio) 

Extra Credit
Lucie Bacon: Collecting Migrant Experiences at the Walls of the European Union (Funambulist Podcast, 42 min.)
"Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War" (National Geographic)
The Refugee Tales Project

Earlier Event: March 1
& the Environment: Anxiety