Barbara Kingsolver: Fictions & Truths for a Climate of Change


Course Description

How do the stories we tell shape the future we end up living? What kinds of truth are proper to fiction? Where do scientific truths fall short? How is our current storytelling failing our planet, our culture, our best selves? How can scientific truth and narrative truth cooperate to lift us to a more sustaining vision? How can we tune to a greater harmony the roles of citizen, inhabitant, consumer, landowner, storyteller? How can we tell a better story of the earth and all the life upon it?

The writings of Barbara Kingsolver—novelist, scientist, poet, environmentalist, essayist, and gardener—will lead us into in dialogue with these and other questions. While our present reality may be describable using facts, our future—and our fate—exist most vividly as stories. Join us for an 8-week reconsideration of the stories of the earth and its inhabitants.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 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: Wednesday, January 8th 2020

Course Length: 8 weeks, Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team:  Clare Hallward, Kent Conover and Heather Stephens

Course Fees: 

$130.00 (tuition fee) 

$86.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$160.00 (tuition fee)

$116.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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