January 29th

Introduction to the course

In-class Film: Zemeckis, Robert. 1985. Back to the Future. Universal Pictures.

At-home Reading: Cooper Marcus, Clare. 1992. “Environmental Memories.” In Place Attachment, edited by Irwin Altman and Setha M. Low, 87–112. New York: Springer.

At-home Reading: Gieseking, Jen Jack. 2017. “Geographical Imagination.” Edited by Douglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Weidong Liu, Audrey Kobayashi, and Richard A. Marston. International Encyclopedia of Geography. New York: Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

At-home Exercise: Moodle forum about geographical imaginations of the “American Dream”

February 5th

Assignment Due (via email): Environmental Autobiography

In-class Film: Bryant, Linda Goode, and Laura Poitras. 2007. Flag Wars. Zeitgeist Films.

At-home Exercise (continued): Moodle forum about geographical imaginations of the “American Dream”

February 12th

  • PPSR 8 – Landscape: Nature and Culture: Jackson, Carney, Wolford, Pollan
  • Marx, Leo. 1964. “Sleepy Hollow, 1844” in The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America. NY: Oxford University Press, 3-33.
  • Smith, Henry Nash. “Preface,” “Prologue,” and “Book One” in Virgin Land: the American West as Symbol and Myth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, vii-viii, 1-48.
  • Whitman, Walt. 2007. “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition. New York: Dover.
  • Crenshaw, Kimberle Williams. 1995. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color,” in K.W. Crenshaw, N. Gotanda, G. Peller, and K. Thomas, eds., Critical Race Theory. New York: New Press.

February 19th

No class – Trinity Days!

February 22nd || Required Lecture

Kandace Chuh: “Before and Beyond Defense, or, on the Limits of Academic Freedom”

February 26th

  • PPSR 3 – Place and Identity: Proshansky et al, Anderson, Halberstam, Loos
  • Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. 1993. “Plain, But Very Neat” and “To Preserve Her Womanliness” in Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women’s Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 9-27, 69-81.
  • Gieseking, Jen. 2007. “(Re)Constructing Women: Scaled Portrayals of Privilege and Gender Norms on Campus.” Area 39 (3):278–86.
  • Baldwin, Davarian. 2015. “UniverCities” at the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute Series at the New York Public Library.

March 5th

  • PPSR 2 – Human Perception and Environmental Experience: Milgram & Jodelet, Lynch, Gibson, Sommer, Debord
  • Aalbers, Manuel B. 2014. “Do Maps Make Geography? Part 1: Redlining, Planned Shrinkage, and the Places of Decline.” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 13 (4): 525–56.
  • Aalbers, Manuel B. 2014. “Do Maps Make Geography? Part 3: Reconnecting the Trace.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 13 (4):586–88.
  • Monmonier, Mark. 1996. “Maps for Political Propaganda” and “Maps, Defense, and Disinformation: Fool Thine Enemy” in How to Lie with Maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

March 12th

No class – spring break!

March 19th

  • PPSR 6 – “Public” and “Private”: Iveson, Mitchell, Zhang, Chauncey, Friedman, Kingwell
  • Torre, S. 1996. “Claiming the Public Space: The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.” In D. Agrest, P. Conway, and L.K. Weisman (eds.), The Sex of Architecture, 241-250. New York: Harry N. Abrams.
  • Thoreau, Henry David. 1854. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” in Boston: Ticknor & Fields.
  • Friedman, Alice T. 2007. “People Who Live in Glass Houses: Edith Farnsworth, Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe, and Phillip Johnson.” In Women and the Making of the Modern House, 128–59. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Jenkins, Barry. 2016. Moonlight. Drama. A24.

March 26th

In-class Guest Lecturer: journalist Muira McCammon

  • PPSR 4 – Power, Subjectivity, and Space: Dovey, Wright, Gilmore, Pred, Graham
  • Hoback, Cullen. 2013. Terms and Conditions May Apply. Documentary, News. Hyrax Films.
  • Sunstein, Cass R. 2017. “Polarization” and “Citizens” in #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 59-97, 157-175.

March 26th || Required Lecture

Muira McCammon: “The Digital Stage of Guantánamo: How the U.S. Military Speaks on Twitter”

April 2nd

  • PPSR 1 – Diverse Conceptions of People, Place, and Space: Ruddick, Harvey, Koolhaus, Kwon, Low
  • Anzaldúa, Gloria. 1987/1997.  “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza” in Robyn R. Warhol (ed) Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism. New Brunswick: Rutgers: 765-76.
  • Yang, Gene Luen. 2008. American Born Chinese. New York: Square Fish.

April 9th

No class – Professor Gieseking is traveling to attend the American Association of Geographers conference.

April 16th

  • PPSR 9 – The Social Production of Space (and Time): Lefebvre, Schivelbusch, Woolf, McKittrick, Smith
  • PPSR 10 – Shifting Perspectives: Optics for Revealing Change and Reworking Space: Hannam, Sheller, & Urry
  • 99% Invisible. 2016. Public Works: Rethinking America’s Transportation Infrastructure. 99% Invisible. Accessed January 13, 2017.
  • Cresswell, Tim. 2011. “Mobilities I: Catching Up.” Progress in Human Geography 35 (4): 550–58.

April 20th || Tentative Field Trip to New York City

  • PPSR 7 – The Urban Experience: Simmel, Jacobs, Simone, Young
  • O’Hara, Frank. 2001. Lunch Poems. San Francisco, Calif: City Lights Publishers.
  • Gieseking, Jack. 2018 (forthcoming). “Who are the People in Your LGBTQ Neighborhood?: Greenwich Village and Gay Manhattan.” A Queer New York: the Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983-2008. New York: NYU Press.
  • Schulman, Sarah. 2012. “Introduction” & “Part I: Understanding the Past.” In The Gentrification of the Mind, 1-52. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

April 23rd

  • PPSR 11 – The Spatial Imagination: Said, Sirin & Fine, Winichakul, Feinberg et al, Gibson-Graham, Tschumi
  • Hurley, M., and Trimarco, J. “Morality and Merchandise: Vendors, Visitors and Police at New York City’s Ground Zero” in Critique of Anthropology, 24(1), 51-78.
  • Kunstler, James Howard. 1994. “Capitals of Unreality” in The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape. NY: Free Press, 217-244.

April 30th

  • PPSR 10 – Shifting Perspectives: Optics for Revealing Change and Reworking Space: Foucault, Pulido, Pratt & Rosner
  • PPSR 12 – Democratic Prospects and Possibilities: Saegert, Abu-Lughod, Sorkin, Hart
  • Atwood, Margaret. 1985. The Handmaid’s Tale. New York: McClelland & Stewart.

May 11th @ 3 p.m.

Final research papers due