• ESL: Transitions Ms. Mei Lu Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Monday – Friday, 9:30-12:30 a.m. This non-credit English as a Second Language course is designed to improve students' English language and literacy skills. It will also introduce them to the customs and culture of the United States as well as the greater Philadelphia region. The course will help students develop the academic skills necessary for a smooth transition to the American classroom. Students will work on increasing vocabulary as they engage in conversation, reading, writing, and cultural field trips.

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  • Nature in America: Citizenship and Ethics - Dr. Eva Swidler


    Spring 2018 M/Th 10:30-11:50 am


    What is “nature,” anyway? Can human activity and its consequences ever be “natural”? What are our responsibilities in this age of environmental anxieties? In this survey of American environmental history, we’ll discuss topics as diverse as historical ecology, the evolution of ideas of nature, and the history of environmental movements. We’ll graze over archaeology and the Paleolithic, city dwellers and farmers, wilderness parks and empty city lots. We’ll sample some of the wide array of writing in this field (which is over 40 years old now) to help us think about how our understandings of history and the natural world shape our understanding of the environmental problems of today, and how our ideas of the past shape our ideas of what the future should hold. This course involves a wide variety of reading, including excerpts, chapters, and articles, as well as segments of several books. The class sessions are discussions, based on the readings. There will be several written assignments throughout the semester, but no in-class exams.

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