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Spring 2019

BIOS60521-01 GLOBES Communication Module

This spring, the GLOBES Communications Workshop will be sponsored by the student-run SPI (Science Policy Initiative) and run by experts from the AGU (American Geophysical Union). GLOBES is providing some financial support. The workshop will prepare students to better communicate their scholarship with the public and government officials. The main meeting will be a Saturday workshop in February but other periodic meetings may be held as well to better prepare students to communicate clearly, rigorously, and confidently orally and in written form. Our seats are limited this time, so contact Gary Lamberti if you wish to take the workshop.  Priority will be given based on need at this point in your degree program (with more senior students getting priority) along with your active participation in GLOBES events.


BIOS60206-01 Case Studies in Global Health


Professor Marie Donahue will offer a 1-credit course on global human disease problems, with an emphasis on in-depth case studies. She is director of Notre Dame’s Haiti Program and an expert on global health. This satisfies a GLOBES seminar requirement.


BIOS60522-01 Humans, Genes, Environment

Dr. Hope Hollocher will offer her provocative and integrative course on Humans, Genes, and Environment that discusses evolutionary genetics in the context of environmental change. This course has been a staple of the GLOBES program for many years and Dr. Hollocher encourages a diverse audience in this course. Note that it is cross-listed in both Biology and Anthropology, so you can take through either department.

BIOS60581-02 Water Law

This course in Water Law is offered by the fabulous Dr. Bruce Huber in the Law School. Dr. Huber will have GLOBES students participate in a subset of the class meetings, which will employ language and topics accessible to non-law students. This a terrific opportunity to learn about USA laws that govern the use and misuse of water. A term paper is required of you. Although listed as a seminar below, it is actually the Water Law course offered for 1 credit. 

ANTH60551-01 Space, Place and Landscape

This interdisciplinary course on Space, Place, and Landscape is a new offering in the GLOBES curriculum and explores human relationships with the built environment and the complex ways in which people consciously and unconsciously shape the world around them. Professor Deborah Rotman is an expert in historical archaeology, with a focus on Irish immigration.


Workshop: Apocalyptic Visions – Aesthetics, Theology, & Catastrophic Climate Change


Finally, you may want to consider taking a workshop (by application and approval only) led by Professor Roy Scranton in the Department of English. You will receive GLOBES Workshop credit for participating in this workshop.  In your application, you may want to mention your engagement in GLOBES.  


Description: Our world is changing. Wildfires circled the globe this summer from Norway to Montana, melting ancient permafrost and closing sections of Glacier National Park; green algae and red tides are turning Floridian beaches into toxic wastelands; global climate patterns are shifting; seas are rising; coral reefs are dying; the planet is heating up. The future looks a lot like hell.


Dystopian visions of the future inspired by climate change are more than empirical projections extrapolated from scientific models and contemporary trends. No one can doubt that the ecological catastrophe happening across our world today is an apocalypse, in the old sense of the word, which is to say a revelation: a revelation of humanity’s often unconscious capacities for transforming its environment and of the more-than-human forces that hold our species in their grip. Yet as with any vision, truth comes to us in images we’ve constructed, concepts we’ve created, and stories we’ve been told—in the recognizable aesthetic and intellectual forms, that is to say, that give meaning to experience.


Can we make sense of this unprecedented ongoing global event within the theological and aesthetic frameworks we’ve inherited? Are new visions possible? Is it enough to see the problem clearly, or must we also see beyond the problem into a new future? And what is the relation between aesthetics, catastrophe, and God?


Apocalyptic Visions will be a short series of events on the University of Notre Dame campus to discuss these questions at the intersection of aesthetics, theology, and catastrophic climate change. This series will consist primarily of four connected events.


The first event will be a screening of Paul Schrader’s critically acclaimed film, First Reformed, which tells the story of a Calvinist minister’s crisis of faith and radical grappling with the problem of climate change. This screening will be part of a short retrospective on Paul Schrader organized by the Browning Cinema, the second event in the series. The third major event will be a lecture from and discussion with director Paul Schrader about making his film, on Thursday, January 31. Finally, and most important, a one-day interdisciplinary symposium will be held on Friday, February 1, bringing together scholars from disciplines across Notre Dame—including philosophy, theology, English, and the sciences—to discuss the intersection of aesthetics, theology, and catastrophic climate change, taking Schrader’s film as a touchstone, provocation, and common point of reference.   

This symposium (again, taking place on Friday, February 1) will include junior and senior scholars as well as graduate students. To that end, we have set aside three slots on the day’s panels for Notre Dame graduate students.