Imagination and Climate Futures:
“Everything Change"


Course Description

All Winter 2021 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

In 2015 Margaret Atwood asked, Where are all the Canadian writers who should be addressing the greatest crisis of our age?” What psychological, sociological, and ideological factors account for the failure of imagination concerning climate change? George Marshall's Don't Even Think About It: How Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change and selected videos related to Amitav Ghosh's The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable will help us to answer this question. How has the paucity of inspiring writing about climate change improved in recent years? Not only has a new literary genre been born—Cli-fi—but also climate change issues are now appearing in mainstream literature. Both types of fiction will be discussed in the course (selected Cli-fi short stories and Ian McEwan's Solar). A major objective of the course is to enlarge and enrich our own imaginations concerning the subject of climate change and what it may mean for our future. Accordingly, the course will be conducted as a round-table discussion, with participants having the option to share on the last day of class a piece of writing on climate change they have authored.

Books to purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop):

    • Don't Even Think About It: How Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall (9781632861023)
    • Solar by Ian McEwan (9780099555346)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 19 January 2021

Course Length: 6 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Valerie Broege, Kent Conover, Eileen Curran

Degree Credit: Half-credit

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)

$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)

$105.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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