Except for the short story by Owen Wister, participants are expected to read and listen to the following materials in advance of the seminar. The costs for all of the materials can range from $40.00 to $104.00 depending on your preferences (print, Kindle, or free at sources like Gutenberg Project, Google Books, and Youtube).
- "The Fateful Rift: The San Andreas Fault in the Modern Mind” by Walker Percy (online here) Talk can also be viewed here
- "It All Turns on Affection" by Wendell E. Barry (online here)
- The Two Cultures by C. P. Snow (Canto Classics Edition in print or Kindle edition)
- Genesis 1-2 (online here)
- Selections from American Indian Myths and Legends (print or Kindle edition)
- Hard Times by Charles Dickens (Print or Kindle edition, also free at the Gutenberg Project and Google Books)
- Inuksuit by John Luther Adams (either the CD, MP3 download, or on Youtube: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, & Part V)
- Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé (either CD, MP3 download, or on Youtube)
- Ansel Adams: An Autobiography by Ansel Adams (any edition)
- Pictograph: Poems by Melissa Kwasny (print or Kindle edition)
- Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen (print or Kindle edition)
- “Bad Medicine” by Owen Wister (on the seminar Moodle page)
The following scholarly articles will be available on the seminar Moodle page to participants as part of the seminar.
- Adams, John Luther. "Resonance of Place." North American Review 279, no. 1 (1994): 8-18.
- Buckland, Adelene. “‘The Poetry of Science’: Charles Dickens, Geology, and Visual and Material Culture in Victorian London." Victorian Literature and Culture 35, no. 2 (2007): 679-94.
- González, Jesús Ángel. "Eastern and Western Promises in Jonathan Franzen's Freedom." Atlantis 37, no. 1 (June, 2015): 11-29.
- Guth, James L., John C. Green, Lyman A. Kellstedt, and Corwin E. Smidt. "Faith and the Environment: Religious Beliefs and Attitudes on Environmental Policy." American Journal of Political Science 39, no. 2 (May, 1995): 364-82.
- John, Gareth E. "Yellowstone as "Landscape Idea: Thomas Moran and the Pictorial Practices of Gilded-Age Western Exploration." Journal of Cultural Geography 24, no. 2 (2007): 1-29.
- Landry, Alysa. "Native History: Yellowstone National Park Created on Sacred Land." Indian Country Media Network. (1 March 2017). Online here.
- Ott, Cindy. "A Visual Critique of Ken Burns's the National Parks: America's Best Idea." The Public Historian 33, no. 2 (2011): 30-36.
- Piquemal, Nathalie. "From Native North American Oral Traditions to Western Literacy: Storytelling in Education." The Alberta Journal of Education Research XLIX, no. 2 (2003): 113-22.
- Smith, Michael J. and Elizabeth Parsons. "Animating Child Activism: Environmentalism and Class Politics in Ghibli's Princess Mononoke (1997) and Fox's Fern Gully (1992)." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 26, no. 1 (February, 2012): 25-37.
- Spaulding, Jonathan. "Yosemite and Ansel Adams: Art, Commerce, and Western Tourism." Pacific Historical Review 65, no. 4 (November, 1996): 615-39.
- Toliver, Brooks. "Eco-Ing in the Canyon: Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite and the Transformation of Wilderness." Journal of the American Musicological Society 57, no. 2 (2004): 326-67.
- Woods, Gioia. "Sci-Animism: American Poetry and Science." Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15, no. 2 (2008): 199-210.