Unpacked/Offset includes cross-disciplinary discussions about nature in the Northern Illinois University and DeKalb community.

Professor Diana Swanson is teaching the course WOMEN & NATURE. The course reading list is follows.

Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
Harding, Sandra. Science and Social Inequality: Feminist and Postcolonial Issues
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed: A Memoir
Merchant, Carolyn. The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution
Steingraber, Sandra. Living Downstream: A Scientist=s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
Readings on reserve in Founders Library.
Recommended: A writers manual such as Diana Hacker=s A Pocket Style Manual.

Art, Environment, and Culture
Reading List

Dr. Mira Reisberg, Assistant Professor
Art Education, School of Art
Northern Illinois University

This seminar course explores cultural and environmental connections using visual culture and postcolonial lenses to deconstruct the embedded messages (and their effects) in a variety of images. The course is divided into four themes: Art and Empire; Indigenous and Multicultural Approaches to Art and Environment; Environment and Culture in Film and Advertising; and Art, Culture, and Environment in the Great Outdoors. Sources include traditional fine art, indigenous, and contemporary art sources, as well as popular films, advertising, and children’s picture books.

Required texts:
Lippard, L. R. (1997). The lure of the local: Senses of place in a multicentered society. New York: The New Press.

Baigell, M. (1990). Territory, race, religion: Images of manifest destiny. Smithsonian Studies in American Art, 4(3/4), 2-21.
Beardsley, J. (2000). Kiss nature goodbye: Marketing the great outdoors. Harvard Design Magazine, 10(Winter/Spring), 1-6.
Bequette, J. W. (2007). Traditional arts knowledge, traditional ecological lore: The intersection of art education and environmental education. Studies in Art Education, 48(4), 360-374.
Blandy, D., Congdon, K. G., & Krug, D. H. (1998). Art, ecological restoration, and art education. Studies in Art Education, 39(1), 230-243.
Corbett, J. B. (2002). A faint green sell: Advertising and the natural world. In M. Meister & P. M. Japp (Eds.), Enviropop: Studies in environmental rhetoric and popular culture (pp. 141-160). Westport, CT: Praeger.
Deleuze & Guattari’s Becoming Minoritarian (assorted authors posted on Blackboard).
Dow, J., & Slapin, B. (2006). Deconstructing the myths of the "first thanksgiving". Retrieved May 23, 2007, from http://www.oyate.org/resources/shortthanks.html
Enwezor, O. (2003). The postcolonial constellation: Contemporary art in a state of permanent transition. Research in African American Literature, 34(4), 57-82. Available through online reserves.
Gablik, S. The ecological imperative. Art Journal 51(2), 49-51.
Gerber, L. (2003). The nature of water: Basia Irlan reveals the ‘is’ and the ‘ought.’ Ethics & the Environment, 8(1), 37-50. Available through online reserves.
Giroux, H. A. (2007). Animating youth: The Disneyfication of children's culture. Retrieved June 24, 2007, from http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed253a/Giroux/Giroux2.html
Gómez-Peña, G. (1996). The artist as criminal. The Drama Review, 40(1), 112-118. Available through online reserves.
Gómez-Peña, G. (2001). The new global culture: Somewhere between corporate multiculturalism and the mainstream bizarre (a border perspective). The Drama Review, 45(1), 7-30. Available through online reserves.
Graham, M. (2007). Art, ecology and art education: Locating art education in a critical place-based pedagogy. Studies in Art Education, 48(4), 375-391.
Gruenewald, D. (2003). The best of both worlds: A critical pedagogy of place. Educational Researcher, 32 (4), 3-12.
Hills, P. (2003). In the heart of the Black belt: Jacob Lawrence’s commission from Fortune to paint the South. International Review of African American Art, 19(1), 29-36.
Hutcheson, S. (1995). Walking the line: Facing the complexities of the woman-nature link. Alternatives, 21(2), 16-20.
jagodzinski, j. (2007). The e(thi)co-political aesthetics of designer water: The need for a strategic visual pedagogy. Studies in Art Education, 48(4), 341-359.
Langton, M. (2000). Homeland: Sacred visions and the settler state. ArtLink, 20(1). http://www.artlink.com.au/articles.cfm?id=1387
Lewis, D. Essay on Native American environmental issues. Retrieved July 20, 2007, from http://www.cnie.org/nae/docs/intro.html
Myers, F. (1991). Representing culture: The production of discourse(s) for Aboriginal acrylics. Cultural Anthropology, 6(1), 22-62. Available through online reserves.
Platt, K. (1997). Chicana strategies for success and survival: Cultural poetics from the mothers of East Los Angeles. Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, 18(2), 48-72. Available through online reserves. (Unpublished manuscript in course packet).
Reisberg, M., & Han, S. (2007). The darker side of edutainment: The Rainforest Café as an/other curriculum: Northern Illinois University.
Tavin, K., & Anderson, D. (2003). Teaching (popular) visual culture: Deconstructing Disney in the elementary art classroom. Art Education, 56(3), 21-23 & 32-35.
Thurber, F.E. (1997). A site to behold: Creating curricula about local urban environmental art. Art Education,50(6), 33-39.
Todd, A. M. (2002). Prime-time subversion: The environmental rhetoric of the Simpsons. In M. Meister & P. M. Japp (Eds.), Enviropop: Studies in environmental rhetoric and popular culture (pp. 63-80). Westport, CT: Praeger.
Weintraub, I. (1994). Fighting environmental racism: A selected annotated bibliography. Electronic Green Journal, 1. Retrieved November30, 2007 http://egj.lib.uidaho.edu/index.php/egj/article/view/2542/2500
Willinsky, J. (1998). Learning to divide the world: Education at Empire’s end.
Minneapolis, MN: University of Minneapolis Press.
(2 chapters available through online reserves.)