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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Water: Society, Science and the Arts

Instructor(s): Judy Halstead, Chemistry

Water is essential for life.  It connects us to one another, to other forms of life, and to our entire planet.  We drink it, grow food with it, swim in it, worship it, use it for commercial purposes, generate energy with it, waste it, pollute it, compete for it and go to war over it.  In this course, we will take an introductory look at the role of water in human society through readings, class discussions, a Geographical Information Systems exercise and field trips.  In addition, we will explore some of the ways our relationship with water is reflected in film, theater and other arts.

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