Human/Nature: An Exploration of Place, Story, and Climate Futurism




Rohnert Park, CA and Online


May 12, 2023 (virtual); June 11-23, 2023 (residential); August 2023 (virtual)


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



Human/Nature: An Exploration of Place, Story, and Climate Futurism is a summer institute on climate futurism, or imagining alternative futures for life on our planet through literature and scientific inquiry. A journey starting with Octavia E. Butler's sci-fi classic, Parable of the Sower, and young adult literature with teen protagonists. Human/Nature is a combined format, 3-week summer institute for 25 English teachers of grades 6-12 featuring interdisciplinary fieldwork, digital media literacy, and multimodality. Participants spend two weeks at Sonoma State University and will attend five virtual meetings before and after the institute to cultivate curricular action plans.

Project Director(s)

Fawn Canady; Troy Hicks

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Erick Gordon; Claudia Luke; Trelasa Baratta; Richard Beach, Pamela Bedore; Theresa Burruel Stone; Suzanne DeCoursey; E. Sybil Durand; Stefan Kiesbye; Megan Musgrave; Catherine Sky

Grantee Institution

Sonoma State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs