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The Botany of Desire

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Sabrina Weiss
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 13+, Adults included!
Days and Times Friays, 3:00pm 4 sessions over weeks, starting Sept. 18th, plus Nov. 11th for students who have signed up for presentations.

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


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

9/18: The Apple

10/2: The Tulip

10/16: Marijuana

10/30: The Potato

11/13: Project presentation and discussion

Note: No classes on 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, or 11/6. 11/13 is only for students taking the project option.

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