Case Study

US Environmental Rhetoric Case Study: Research Presentation (40 points)

Small groups will lead a presentation and discussion about a case study in US environmental rhetoric, roughly 40 minutes in length, with the bulk of that time being class discussion. Groups are expected to research their topic, offer a 10 minute historical overview of their case study (its environmental origins, evolution, impacts, and current status), include a multimedia portion (up to 5 minutes of video clips, music, visual representations, etc.), and then lead a class discussion (20 minutes). To help ground the discussion, presentation groups will assign the class a short reading for the day of their presentation. Groups will be expected to meet out of class to prepare, including meeting with the instructor prior to the presentation. Groups will receive one grade; slackers sink the group ship. The grade will be based on the depth of research, the quality of presentation and the assigned reading, and the equal participation from group members. Case studies include:

  • John Muir and the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park: Callie Miller and Mia Kleine
  • Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and DDT: Laura Milleker and Connor Lukes
  • Earth First! and the Glen Canyon Dam: Max Michalec
  • Frank Luntz and Climate Change (vs. Global Warming): Connor Rodenbeck and Katy Foley
  • Standing Rock Sioux and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Kassidy Gamble and Nate Milleken
  • Extinction Rebellion and Climate Crisis Week: Caroline Acton and Breann Lunghamer