First -Year Seminar: Special Topics

From plastic pollution to climate change, from mass extinction to deforestation, environmental issues occupy our conversations, concerns, anticipations. But why should we care about the environment? And what can the humanities do about it, which scientists or politicians would not do better or more effectively? By studying how literature and film can contribute to shape our environmental imagination, this FYS will explore in theory and practice the role of artistic creativity in conveying relevant insights about our ecological crises and planetary communities. The scope of the course is global, with a fresh and zesty Italian taste.