Waterworlds (ILAS 399 / ENVS 450)
This course explores water in two senses. First, we look at water as a window into social worlds, using cross-cultural case studies. Though water has the same material properties around the world, people have developed myriad customs, tools, and ideologies for encountering, appreciating, and controlling it. Second, water is a resource under threat, and we will use this cross-cultural investigation to think more creatively about solutions to water scarcity, pollution, and unjust distribution. Seminar-style course includes interdisciplinary readings, films, and field trip(s).