Independent Studies

Spring 2011 Independent Studies
Instructors: Susannah Bartlow and Sarah Brylinsky

Katelyn Repash

Ecofeminism: Understanding and Developing Ecofeminist Communities
Katelyn Repash (Environmental Studies, ’11)
Research herbal alternatives such as homemade remedies and cosmetics and create garden plans for an herb garden that the community has access to. A how-to manual that details how to grow the herbs and what they can be used for will be the end result, as well as a zine with condensed information on herbal remedies that can be distributed to community members. The intention of this is to gain a better understanding of community building through ecofeminist information sharing.

To read Katelyn’s observations during Spring 2011,
see category “Knowledge in the Garden

Anna-Lisa Noac


Ecofeminism: Community Development
Anna-Lisa Noack (International Studies, ’11)
The concept of community seems almost old-fashioned- a village of people living in harmony with their environment. Considering the many challenges we face today, environmentally, socially, and economically, why are sustainably developing communities the best paradigm to move forward? To begin to answer this question, I hope to first study the theoretical composition and structure of such communities as well as the policy and behavioral changes necessary for them to take shape in a sustainable and ever-changing fashion. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this topic, the texts that I plan to read will come from a wide range of governmental, environmental science, and women’ s studies sources.

To read Anna-Lisa’s observations during Spring 2011,
see category “Sustainable Community Development


Ramsay Pierce

Ecofeminism: Exploring Earth Bodies
Ramsay Pierce (Philosophy, French Minor, ’11)
In our Ecofeminism class last semester, one of the many radical yet obvious truths we uncovered was; “There is NO substitute for food.” A culture that fails to appreciate the people, animals, bodies, time, care, and energy that go into growing, providing, distributing and preparing food, is in grave danger. It leads to an under appreciation of our own bodies, others bodies, the earth as a body and the crucial role food plays in nourishing these bodies. It is my hope to explore the philosophical, academic and traditional ways that we understand and relate to food and bodies and subsequently create an introduction and explanation of Ecofeminism through these topics.


Ecofeminism: Global Feminisms
Tiffany Hwang (Women’s and Gender Studies, ’11)
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