Environmental Literature, Religion and Philosophy
The ES track in Environmental Literature, Religion, and Philosophy begins with the premise that our relationship to nature and the environment is mediated through the textual, visual, and aural languages that we have for representing that relationship. How we know nature and the material world, in other words, comes to us through the cultural vocabularies that we have developed across different times, spaces, and peoples. Students who choose to follow an ELRP track combine the core ES curriculum with advanced coursework in the fields of literature, religion, art, history, and/or philosophy.
New College students in the past have conducted tutorials, Independent Study Projects (ISPs), and senior theses on such topics as the role of nature in modernist poetry, the cultural history of western food, the relationship between nature and community in Judaism and Christianity, and the phenomenology of nature-centered learning.
Typically, Dr. Marks expects students to take advanced coursework, ISPs, or tutorials in various aspects of religion, religious history and religious intersections with environmental concerns to complete their degree in Environmental Studies.
Robert Zamsky (Literature): Dr. Zamsky, a specialist in modernist and post-modernist poetry, deals in the relationships among literature, aurality, and the natural environment. Students interested in working with Dr. Zamsky should expect to take course work in Literature prior to the end of their second year and to have worked with Dr. Zamsky in at least one class by that point.
Aron Edidin (Philosophy): Dr. Edidin, a specialist in analytic philosophy, teaches on topics of interests to ES students, including the philosophy of science and environmental ethics. Students interested in working with Dr. Edidin should expect to take course work in Philosophy prior to the end of their second year and to have worked with Dr. Edidin in at least one class by that point.