12 Feb. Reflection & Utopia.

Video Essay, Reflection

Please take 5-8 minutes and respond to one or more of the following prompts. Be prepared to share your answers:
  • 1.Narrate your process in composing the Video Essay. Where did your ideas come from and how did they evolve. Describe your composition process how did the project evolve though stages such as invention, prewriting, outlining, drafting peer review, revising, editing?. 
  • 2.What is your argument or purpose in the Video Essay, and how did you make your argument or purpose visible and persuasive in your artifact?
  • 3.What are the defining features of the genre or media that you used in the Video Essay, and how did you make use of those features?

New Futures Invention Project Overview

Thomas More, B/G

Discussion: Utopia Book I

  • Class leaders: spend 5 or so minutes giving an overview of the main features of the Invention Studio and then write your best discussion question for Thomas More’s Utopia, Book I on the board. 

Class Section Students
1102. F3 Luke, Morgan & Thomas
1102.HP2 Andrew B. & Azhar
1102.D3. Anu, Marc, & Jessica

Part II. Problem/Solutions

Let’s chat about the following:
  • 1. What are the major problems facing England?
  • 2. What are some proposed solutions?
  • 3. Why do you think Thomas More, the author, communicated his critique of England’s social and economic problems through an imaginary dialogue?


Respond to the following prompt without stopping:
What do you think poses the single greatest threat to the future of life on earth? Why?


Universalis Cosmographia, the Waldseemüller wall map dated 1507, Amerigo Vespucci

15 Jan. Future Effects.

Featured Image: Dustbowl Phenomena documented in Ken Burns, The Dust Bowl (2014)


  • 1. I will publish your presentation dates tomorrow. I just wanted to wait till after add, drop, swap
  • 2. I swapped out one chapter from Rob Nixon’s book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor for another. The reading questions are up and .pdf is in Canvas.

Reflection on First Week Video

Take 6-7 minutes and respond to the prompts below in a Word or Google Doc. Since you will be required to include reflections in your Final Portfolio, please file this reflection with your other process documents.
  • 1. Explain one way your First Week Video met one Course Goal/Concept.
  • 2. Given the opportunity to revise, what is one thing you would change in the Video and why?
  • 3. In what ways would you like to improve your video editing skills?

Blog Post and WordPress Post Basics

Please click on your class Blog feed at the top of the course site and then follow along:
  • 1. The software should prompt you to sign-up with you net ID and password and automatically add you as a contributor
  • 2. How to post
  • 3. First Blog post prompt, Theoretical Analysis

Textual Analysis

Let’s get into groups and answer the following questions about Scott Davies, “Sustainable Nostalgia.” Be prepared to cite and interpret textual evidence in response to your question during class discussion.
  • Group 1: What does “sustainability” mean according to Davies? What are some of its complexities, or rather what accounts for the term’s “political attractiveness” (262)?
  • Group 2: How does the Brundtland report (i.e. Our Common Future) define sustainability? Why do you think that definition has been so influential (263)?
  • Group 3: According to Davies, why have some members of the environmental movement called for the term “sustainability” to be recalled or replaced? Why does Davies disagree with such a call (264)?
  • Group 4: What does Davies mean when he says that the dream of sustainability synonymous with a nostalgia for the future (264)? Does this weird idea fix some of the problems with sustainability as a concept/practice?

Video Essay, Prewrite

  • Make a list of a TV shows, movies, and/or video games in which the concept of the future mediates social, ecological, and technological transformation.