Simpson Colloquium SC 101 – How Screwed is the Earth?
How looming is the planet’s inability to support human life? What is the ideal relationship between people and nature? Biologists answer and ask these questions differently than sociologists, historians, philosophers, and political scientists. The class covers the basics of climate change and a handful of other environmental crises facing the planet. We will then reconsider these issues from a variety of academic disciplines to learn how the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts and educators think about environmental awareness. In the final third of the class, students will develop solutions to local environmental issues and then learn from activists how to publically advocate for those solutions.
Daryl Sasser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
I teach history courses on the environment, the United States and Western civilization. I live in Madison county and am trying to grow a tall-grass prairie. I read a lot and fish a bit. I listen to Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams. I hope one day to read Marcel Proust, catch a muskie, and learn to play the mandolin.
My name is Dani Musselman and I will be the Simpson Colloquium Leader (SCL) for Professor Daryl Sasser’s SC 101 course. I will be a junior in the Fall of 2015 and I study both Religion and History. I am originally from Wichita, KS and then moved to Norwalk, Iowa when I was about nine years old. Being from Kansas makes me the biggest Kansas Jayhawk fan in Iowa. Rock Chalk! Anyways, in 2012, I graduated from Norwalk High School as a junior. I was exposed to Simpson College while I was quite young because Norwalk is about fifteen miles from Indianola. Even though my parents are about twenty minutes away, I decided to live on campus anyway with my best friend. Living so closely to my parents has both its positives and negatives, as you can probably imagine.
Along with being an SCL, I am a CampusConnect Mentor for Student Support Services. SSS is a program that provides resources to students who come from low-income families, first generation students, and students with learning disabilities. Being a CampusConnect Mentor allows me to get to know twelve to fifteen freshmen each year as we move to Simpson a week early to get introduced to campus earlier than the majority of students. At Simpson I am also the Chapel Intern of Justice and Mission in the Religious Life Community! With this position, I regulate different mission trips that travel across the country during both Fall and Spring Break. Also, while being at Simpson, I traveled to Italy for three weeks on a May Term trip. It was one of the best experiences of my life! I could not have chosen a better place to be than Simpson College!
I am very excited to be an SCL for the upcoming school year and I cannot wait to meet all of you!
I am from Oskaloosa, Iowa. I enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting and all sorts of sports. Anything to get me outdoors is of much interest to me! I hope you are as excited as I am to start this fall at Simpson College!
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