Tuesday, August 22, 2017

food, culture, and storytelling (fall 2017)

ENVA 390: Food, Culture, and Storytelling
Tues & Thurs 4:35–6:20 pm, Education 104

Professor David Silver (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu)
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Tues & Thurs 1–2 pm & by appointment

This course examines the interplay between food and culture with a focus on cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. Using the SF/Bay Area as our landscape and laboratory, students will explore multiple examples of food production, preparation, and consumption. A production class, students will translate their findings into stories – spoken, written, photographic, and multimedia – to be shared within and outside the classroom. No production experience necessary.

 
Calendar
Week 1
Tuesday, 8/22: Introductions and expectations.

Thursday, 8/24: Demo Day 1: “Everything I ate and drank yesterday” project – presented and discussed in class.

Week 2
Tuesday, 8/29: Read Kathleen Collins, “Julia Child and Revolution in the Kitchen,” from Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum, 2009): 71-100.

Thursday, 8/31: Demo Day 2: Food celebrity project.

Week 3
Tuesday, 9/5: Read Sandra Cate, “‘Breaking Bread with a Spread’ in a San Francisco County Jail,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies (Summer 2008): 17-24.

Thursday, 9/7: Demo Day 3: Lunch project.

Week 4
Tuesday, 9/12: Read selections from Diana Abu-Jaber, Trudy Condio, EL Cortés, Julie Dash, Louise DeSalvo, Elizabeth Ehrlich, Linda Furiya, Lucy Knisley, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andre Lorde, Paula Martinac, Jane Ormondroyd, Ruth Reichl, Leah Ryan, Ntozake Shange, Calvin Trillin, and Gloria Wade-Gayles.

Thursday, 9/14: Continue selections from Abu-Jaber, Condio, Cortés, Dash, DeSalvo, Ehrlich, Furiya, Knisley, Lahiri, Lorde, Martinac, Ormondroyd, Reichl, Ryan, Shange, Trillin, and Wade-Gayles. Also read: Bonnie Tsui, Shakirah Simley, Stephen Satterfield, Dakota Kim and Tunde Wey, “Why We Can’tTalk About Race in Food,” Civil Eats (June 27, 2017).

Week 5
Tuesday, 9/19: Demo Day 4: Food heritage project.

Thursday, 9/21: Cooking workshop at St Cyprians.

Week 6
Tuesday, 9/26: Read Vandana Shiva, “Manifestos on the Future of Seed” (2007): 76-102; and William Black, “How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope,” The Atlantic (December 8, 2014). During class, we’ll take a field trip to USF Seed Library and meet Gleeson librarians Debbie Benrubi and Carol Spector.

Thursday, 9/28: No class. (David will be attending the Black Mountain College Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. We will pool these hours for two Thursday night community dinners (October 5 and November 2) at St Cyprian’s Church (Turk & Lyon).

Week 7
Tuesday, 10/3: Seed packet workshop in Gleeson Library

Thursday, 10/5 Demo Day 5: Story Tell under the USF Sukkah. Also, as a class, we will attend the community dinner at St Cyprian’s from 6-8 pm.

Week 8
Tuesday, 10/10: Readings to be determined.

Thursday, 10/12: Storytelling Workshop with Sophia Lorenzi, Program Manager at Real Food Real Stories.


Week 9
Tuesday, 10/17: No class: Fall break.

Thursday, 10/19: Read Rebecca Solnit, “Revolutionary Plots: Urban agriculture is producing a lot more than food,” Orion Magazine (July/August 2012); and watch Ron Finley, “A guerilla gardener in South Central LA,” TED Talk (February 2013). Also, read selections from Urban Food Stories blog.

Week 10
Tuesday, 10/24: Read Black Panther Party, “Free Breakfast for Schoolchildren Program” and “Free Food Program,” in David Hiliard, editor, The Black Panther Party: Service to the People Programs (University of New Mexico Press, 2008): 30-39.
Also, read selections from Urban Food Stories blog.

Thursday, 10/26: No class during normal class-time. Instead, we will attend, as a class, USF’s Performing Arts Department’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Public Enemy at 8 pm.

Week 11
Tuesday, 10/31: Demo Day 6: Urban Ag/Urban Food project.

Thursday, 11/2: Story Tell workshop. Also, as a class, we will attend the community dinner at St Cyprian’s (6-8 pm) and stage a group Story Tell at the dinner.

Week 12
Tuesday, 11/7: Recipe-related readings to be determined.

Thursday, 11/9: Recipe workshop.

Week 13
Tuesday, 11/14: Read Michael Pollan, “Out of theKitchen, Onto the Couch,” New York Times Magazine (August 2, 2009); and Tom Sietsema, "At the heart of every restaurant," Washington Post (August 7, 2017).

Thursday, 11/16: Baking workshop at St Cyprians.

Week 14
Tuesday, 11/21: Watch Agnès Varda, The Gleaners and I (2000): 82 minutes. Read Wendell Berry, “The Pleasures of Eating,” in Robert Clark, editor, Our Sustainable Table (North Point Press, 1990): pp. 125-131.

Thursday, 11/23: No class: Thanksgiving.

Week 15
Tuesday, 11/28: Guest lecture: Eric Andraos, Sets Shading Lead at Pixar. Readings to be determined.

Thursday, 11/30: Demo Day 7: Gleaning project.

Week 16
Tuesday, 12/5: Dinner project.

There is no final in this class.

Grading
Demo Days (7 x 10 points each)        70
Class Participation                              30

Attendance Policy
Attendance is crucial. Missing class (or attending class unprepared) will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what you missed and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do it again with a different classmate. After doing this, if you have questions email me.

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is using another person’s words, works, and/or ideas without giving appropriate credit. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honor and personal integrity and can result in failing an assignment, being removed from this course, or even being asked to leave USF. Plus, it’s just lazy.

Rules
1. No late work accepted.
2. In class and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.
3. On Demo Days, we will share our work. If you have no new work on Demo Day, do not come to class.

Please note:
On numerous occasions – 3 to be exact – class takes place outside of regular class-time. On 10/5 and 11/2, we will be attending the St Cyprian’s community dinner until 8 pm. On 10/26, class will meet at 8 pm to attend USF’s Performing Arts Department’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Public Enemy. Please plan accordingly.

Monday, August 21, 2017

golden gate park (fall 2017)

ENVA 195: Golden Gate Park (First-Year Seminar)
Tues & Thurs 9:55–11:40 am, Lo Schiavo Science 303

Professor David Silver (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu)
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Tues & Thurs 1–2 pm & by appointment

Golden Gate Park is a First-Year Seminar that explores the history, built environment, mixed uses, and popular narratives of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As part of an accelerated writing seminar, students will read, research, write, and edit their ways through the park – with formal essays, informal reading responses, and significant contributions to Wikipedia. Through readings, class discussions, walks-in-the-park, and field trips, students will develop a broad and keen appreciation of Golden Gate Park.

 
Student Learning Outcomes
This course fulfills USF’s A2 Core requirement. As such, over the course of the term, you will develop capability in the following areas:
1.     Critical analysis of academic discourse: Students critically analyze linguistic and rhetorical strategies used in long and complex texts from a variety of genres, subjects, and fields. [Met primarily in essays 1 & 2 and in reading responses]
2.     Integrating multiple academic sources: Students incorporate multiple texts of length and complexity within a unified argumentative essay, addressing connections and differences among them. [Met primarily in essays 2 & 3]
3.     Academic research: Students develop sophisticated research questions and compose substantial arguments in response to those questions, incorporating extensive independent library research and demonstrating mastery of standard academic documentation modes. [Met primarily in essay 3 and Wikipedia project]
4.     Style: Students edit their own prose to achieve a clear and mature writing style in keeping with the conventions of academic and/or professional discourse. [Met in all three essays, in reading responses, and in in-class exercises]
5.     Revision: Students develop their own revision strategies for extending and enriching early drafts and for producing polished advanced academic writing. [Met in essays 2 & 3 and in Wikipedia project]

Course Texts and Costs
You are required to purchase Philip J. Dreyfus's Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco. We will begin reading it second week, so please purchase it immediately. All other readings are either free online or emailed PDFs. All field trip costs are covered by USF’s First Year Seminar Program.

Calendar
Week 1
Tuesday, 8/22: Introductions and expectations.
Thursday, 8/24: Read Chris Walker, “The public value of urban parks,” The Urban Institute (2004).

Week 2
Tuesday, 8/29: Read Philip J. Dreyfus, “Coyote’s Children,” from Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco, pp. 11-31.
Thursday, 8/31: Field trip to Golden Gate Park.

Week 3
Tuesday, 9/5: Read Dreyfus, “Urban Genesis,” Our Better Nature, pp. 32-49.
Thursday, 9/7: Read Dreyfus, “Urban Genesis,” Our Better Nature, pp. 50-66.

Week 4
Tuesday, 9/12: Read Dreyfus, “Greening the City,” Our Better Nature, pp. 67-86.
Thursday, 9/14: Read Dreyfus, “Greening the City,” Our Better Nature, pp. 86-101.

Week 5
Tuesday, 9/19: Essay 1 workshop.
Thursday, 9/21: Essay 1 due in class.

Week 6
Tuesday, 9/26: Prior to class, listen/read/walk with Marina McDougall, Alison Sant, Richard Johnson, and Kirstin Bach, “An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park,” a 7-part guided podcast (Studio for Urban Projects, 2008).
Thursday, 9/28: No class.

Week 7
Tuesday, 10/3: Field trip to Golden Gate Park: In search for hidden water with guest lecturer/tour guide Joel Pomerantz, writer, natural history educator, and founder of Thinkwalks.
Thursday, 10/5: Read James R. Smith, “California Midwinter International Exposition – 1894,” from San Francisco’s Lost Landmarks (Word Dancer Press, 2005): pp. 111-126.

Week 8
Tuesday, 10/10: Read Barbara Berglund, “The Days of Old, the Days of Gold, the Days of ‘49”: Identity, History, and Memory at the California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894,” The Public Historian (Fall 2003): pp. 25-49.
Thursday, 10/12: Field/research trip to San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Main Public Library.

Week 9
Tuesday, 10/17: No class: Fall break.
Thursday, 10/19: Essay Two due in class.

Week 10
Tuesday, 10/24: Read Ray Oldenburg, “The Character of Third Places,” from The Great Good Place: Cafes, coffee shops, community centers, beauty parlors, general stores, bars, hangouts, and how they get you through the day (1989), pp. 20-42.
Thursday, 10/26: Read Robert C. Cottrell, "From the human be-in to the summer of love," in Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Rise of America's 1960s Counterculture (2015): pp. 195-216.

Week 11
Tuesday, 10/31: Field trip to Golden Gate Park.
Thursday, 11/2: Topic selection workshop.

Week 12
Tuesday, 11/7: Field trip to Golden Gate Park
Thursday, 11/9: Essay Three due in class.

Week 13
Tuesday, 11/14: Read “Golden Gate Park” entry on Wikipedia at least 2-3 times. Read and be ready to discuss both its content (the information it contains) and structure (its outline, components, links, sources, and style).
Thursday, 11/16: Read/complete Wiki Education Foundation, “Online Training for Students.” This includes creating a Wikipedia account and a user page.

Week 14
Tuesday, 11/21: Read “Evaluating Wikipedia,” “Editing Wikipedia,” “Using Talk Pages,” “Citing sources on Wikipedia,” “Avoiding plagiarism on Wikipedia,” and “Illustrating Wikipedia.”
Thursday, 11/23: No class: Thanksgiving

Week 15
Tuesday, 11/28: Wikipedia workday
Thursday, 11/30: Final Wikipedia contributions due in class.

Week 16
Tuesday, 12/5: Pizza party in the park.

This class has no final.

Grading
Essay 1                                   15
Essay 2                                   20
Essay 3                                   25
Wikipedia Project               20
Reading Responses            10
Class Participation              10

Attendance Policy
Attendance is crucial. Missing class (or attending class unprepared) will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what you missed and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do it again with a different classmate. After doing this, if you have questions email me.

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is using another person’s words, works, and/or ideas without giving appropriate credit. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honor and personal integrity and can result in failing an assignment, being removed from this course, or even being asked to leave USF. Plus, it’s just lazy.

Rules
1. No late work accepted.
2. In class and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

gone


gone: Carl Icahn, Trump's Special Advisor to the President for regulatory affairs, fired or resigned.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

gone


gone: Rich Higgins, director for strategic planning at the National Security Council, ordered to resign.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

gone


gone: Steven Groves, Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, resigned.

gone


gone: Richard Staropoli, appointed by Trump to be chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned.