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Louisiana: Paradise Lost?

HNRS 2000 Sec. 01 - Fall 2020

Associate Dean Granger Babcock Ogden Honors College

M W F 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location TBA

In HNRS 2000 this year, faculty and students will be discussing issues of special concern to residents of Louisiana, particularly questions of environmental justice. After reading The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell, the Shared Read for 2020, we’ll be thinking about how climate change and sea level rise are affecting the state. We’ll compare Louisiana to other states and other parts of the world in terms of those challenges and efforts to cope with them. The issue of industrial pollution will lead us to discuss the tension
between the interests of business and the concerns of environmentalists. The importance of preserving our unique culture will be a significant consideration as we consider methods of responding to environmental issues.

In exploring those topics we’ll be thinking about how we as citizens receive information. What sources are reliable? Whom can we trust? Once we have information and data, what principles guide us in making decisions? What ethical implications should we consider when making choices that affect various communities? To cite the subtitle of one of our texts, Michael Sandel’s Justice, “What’s the Right Thing to Do?”

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities
Social Sciences