Dec. 10, 2004

Contact: Barbara Watkins, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7881.

KU offers new environmental literature course through distance education

LAWRENCE -- A new University of Kansas distance-learning course on environmental literature is now available through KU Continuing Education's Independent Study program.

ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature provides a survey of American environmental thought from the 19th century to the present. This topic-focused course examines various themes in environmental writing and the development of environmental thought and philosophies. Readings include classic texts by Thoreau, Leopold and Carson, as well as the activist novel “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and excerpts from William Least Heat-Moon's “PrairyErth.”

This three-hour course is available in a print format with additional online readings. This course will be of interest to students in environmental studies, American studies, American history, natural sciences and philosophy, as well as to environmental activists.

KU's Independent Study program also offers two other ENGL 203 courses on Plains literature and the literature of sports. For more information or to enroll in these or other Independent Study courses, call toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823, or view the Independent Study catalog online at


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