Odyssey: Thoreau, Climate Change, and the Environmental History of Early America

In this class we will take a close look at some of the early descriptions of the environment of the New World written by the natural scientists, cartographers, and explorers who first encountered its forests, plants, insects, and animals. For example, the unpublished notebooks and botanical writings of the great American writer Henry David Thoreau have been used to record and register the disappearance of many native species in New England. Many of the notebooks, maps, and journals kept by these early naturalists are filled with historical and biological insights on the ecology of early America, and are being used today in an attempt to understand some of the problematic changes we see happening with climate and environment in our current world. All these texts reveal in stark detail how the ecology of our world has changed in 500 years and offer crucial insights into our environmental future.

910.732.01 Thursday, Oct. 2–Nov. 20, 6:30–8:30 p.m. 8 sessions Cost: $264

JHU full-time faculty/staff members pay 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners pay 50% tuition remission. Please note that you will be unable to register online and receive the discount.

For more information or to register, contact 410-516-8516.