Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019: Tu 3pm.
“Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars. This practice should answer the question.” (Zhuangzi)
This Environmental Studies seminar provides a basic introduction to the desert and offers contrasting cultural perspectives on desert environments, from antiquity to the present. The desert has been depicted as a place of trial and punishment, as wilderness and wasteland, and as the abode of Satan. Yet, the desert was also recognized as a potential source of vast resources and as an ideal setting for pursuing enlightenment. This seminar combines classroom activity with a weekend experience in the Colorado Desert (a region of the Sonoran Desert) at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County. With more than 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert SP is the largest state park in the American West. There is a $95 fee for this excursion which covers the cost of transportation, food, and equipment. The weekend desert trip will be February 16-17.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Gospel of Matthew 4:1)
“What makes the desert beautiful…is that somewhere it hides a well.” (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)