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"What people eat (or don’t eat) has always been determined by a complex interplay of social, economic, and technological forces…A nation’s diet can be more revealing than its art or literature” Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, 3
This semester's English Composition and Critical Thinking Special Topic: Food. We'll look at production, distribution, and consumption. Food wil lead us to topics as important and diverse as immigration; the environment; race, class, and gender; social justice, oil dependency; health care; our relationships with animals, and how we affect our world through our food choices.
We will discover the personal and political relevance of our topic as we examine how the fact that "Food has changed more in the last 50 years than in the last 10,000" (Micahel Pollan, Food Inc.) dramatically influences the health and sustainability of our societies.
Required texts include A Cook's Tour, Fast Food Nation, and I strongly recommend A Writer's Reference (2009 or later!). Films include Food Inc., Tampop, and The Milagro Beanfield War.
Teaching Philosophy The Ten Principles of Burning Man inspire my classroom teaching. particularly the following.
• Radical Inclusion welcomes and respects all members of the community. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.
• Radical Self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others.
• Communal Effort values creative cooperation and strives to produce, promote, and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
• Radical Participation commits to a radically participatory ethic believing that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through deeply personal participation. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
• Radical Self-reliance encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on inner resources.
• Immediacy seeks to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our true selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world.
• Leave No Trace respects the environment and whenever possible leaves places in a better state.
Lydia Graecyn, Enjoying teaching and learning at Cabrillo College since 2003
M.A. English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Teaching Credential: Single Subject English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Technical Writing Certificate, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
B.A. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Additonal interests: Social Justice, Marxist Theory, Nicola Tesla, Hunter S. Thompson, Bessie Smith, The Clash, Industrial Art, Documentaries and Pre-code Movies, Science Fiction and Technopoly, String Theory, Sewing, Service/ Therapy Dogs, Habitat for Humanity, and Speaking Spanish.