Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World (MOD2163.03)

Michael Cohen

In this course, based on the book Speaking of Earth, edited by Alon Tal, we will read twenty inspiring speeches by leading environmentalists around the world that examine a broad range of environmental issues. Included in the course is Rachel Carson’s defense of her ground breaking book Silent Spring, Prince Charles’s passionate call for sustainable agriculture, and the Dalai Lama’s explanation of a path to ecological harmony. The module will include participants in the class writing their own speech. A close analysis of the words used by the writers will be part of the course to gain a better understanding of effective messaging.

Course dates: 10/21, 10/25, 11/1, 11/4, 11/8, & 11/11



Learning Outcomes:
-Effective speechwriting
-Understanding environmental issues
-Responses to the climate crisis

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (3rd module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 25
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Environment , Remotely Accessible
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