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University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
Rajini Srikanth (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Humanities Connections Implementation
Education Programs

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$99,774 (approved)
$99,774 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2023

Living with the Urban Ocean

A three-course sequence in environmental humanities focused on Boston Harbor and surrounding areas.

"Living with the Urban Ocean: Inquiring, Imagining, Embracing" brings together the humanities and environmental sciences with a focus on Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands, and the surrounding coastal communities that many of our students call home. The three-course cluster, the core of an Environmental Humanities minor, incorporates humanities approaches and experiential learning, with the goal of increasing students' appreciation for and engagement with the harbor ecosystem, and awareness of the role of humanities in addressing environmental issues. Courses, co-taught by humanities and environmental science faculty, will begin with a survey that considers the relationship between humans and nature through diverse cultural and historical lenses; continue with a focus on the history, sociocultural context, and environmental significance of Boston Harbor and its islands; and end with a capstone driven by engagement with environmental challenges faced by coastal communities.