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Botany of Desire

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Sabrina Weiss
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 13+, Adults included!
Days and Times Thursdays, Noon, 4 sessions, 8weeks, starting Jan. 14thPlus 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. 


The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan


NoteReadings 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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