In the wake of what is now being called the largest environmental disaster in United States history, this summer course explores both the human and scientific impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Co-taught by Barry Chernoff, director of the College of the Environmental and Leigh Fondakowski, head writer of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, a play based on interviews with the town of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of the brutal beating and death of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, this course will teach students about the oil spill through the lens and research methods of a scientist and an artist which will result in final student projects that combine science and art content.
Students will travel with their instructors to the Gulf Coast for a 10-day trip, including visits to laboratories, research institutions, tours of the wetlands themselves, as well as visits to affected communities to meet the people who live there. Students will conduct interviews with the people of the towns and then create a final project based on these experiences.Check out the wesmaps link to The Deepwater Horizon Tragedy. Registration for this classes closes April 15 and there are only 6 seats left!