Energy in History and Culture

David Hughes (Anthropology)

Energy is everywhere. Unfortunately, the modern obsession with fuel and its uses have caused us to lose sight of this ubiquity and plenitude. This course will follow energyand the consciousness of energyacross the landscape and through history.  Breezes, for example, powered transportation long before wind turbines began generating electricity.  In crossing oceans, sustainability began with sail. Selected from major texts, modest readings will range from Rick Bass’s Oil Notes to Richard Wrangham’s Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human. Ultimately, students will be emboldened to appropriate energy in everything from growing plants to clotheslinesand to insist that broader society do the same.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 38 index 15896