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English Professor Allen MacDuffie Wins Award for New Environmental Sustainability Course

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posted: Wednesday May 14, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—Allen MacDuffie, assistant professor of English, has been honored with a 2013-14 New Course Development Award from the Center for the Core Curriculum, the Sanger Learning Center, and the Office of Sustainability.

MacDuffie is one of three professors from The University of Texas at Austin to win the $6,000 New Course Development Award for his course titled Sustainability and Representation, which examines society’s response to environmental challenges, such as over-fishing, climate change and the hazardous buildup of atmospheric C02. The course takes as its starting premise the notion that the arts and humanities have a crucial role to play in fostering environmental awareness, and in influencing the wider cultural discussion about the threatened habitats and resources of the natural world.

The Sustainability Course Development and PLUS Awards competition is designed to strengthen the development of new sustainability courses or course conversions to a Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS) model. To be eligible for either award, a course must address issues related to sustainability and fulfill the requirements for one or more flags. Go to this website for more details.

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