Beyond IQ

The Botany of Desire

  • 14 Jan 2021
  • 11 Mar 2021
  • 5 sessions
  • 14 Jan 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 28 Jan 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 11 Feb 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 25 Feb 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • 11 Mar 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)
  • online
  • 15

Registration

  • We will run 4 sessions over 8 weeks. No class on 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, or 3/4. Check the schedule
  • We will run 4 sessions over 8 weeks. No class on 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, or 3/4. Check the schedule

    Students choosing this option will do a project. Nov. 13th is the presentation day.
  • Family is a member of GHF, SENG, MAGE, or NHAGE. - This can include a parent who is taking this with their offspring.

    We will run 4 sessions over 8 weeks. No class on 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, or 3/4. Check the schedule

    Students choosing this option will do a project. Nov. 13th is the presentation day.

Register

Instructor: Sabrina Weiss

Days and Times Thursdays, Noon, 4 sessions, 8weeks, starting Jan. 14th.

Plus March 11th for students signed up for presentations

Ages 13 through Adult

Course Description

This is a reading course on Michael Pollan’s book, The Botany of Desire.  Written in 2001, 5 years before the bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma, this book explores the relationships between humans and plants from a social, historical, and scientific perspective.  Through the four plants discussed - the Apple, the Tulip, Marijuana, and the Potato - Pollan explores topics like sugar in our diets, economics, prohibition, and oppression. 

This is a college-preparatory book that covers some mature topics.  We will have one live meeting every 2 weeks for each of the four sections.  With an optional add-on for a project/essay, there will be one more live session for project presentations, reflection, and discussion. 


Texts

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41021145-the-botany-of-desire

Outline

Note: Readings should be done BEFORE the class listed so we can discuss it. 

1/14: Sweetness: The Apple

1/28: Beauty:The Tulip

2/11: Intoxication: Marijuana

2/25: Control: The Potato


3/11: Presentations (only for optional add-on)



Note: No classes on 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, or 3/4. 3/11 is only for students taking the project option.

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