Plant Seminar

David W. Kramer kramer.8 at
Tue Dec 9 20:50:20 EST 2003

What's wrong with the titles you listed?  Sound good to me.  You 
might also consider "Seeds of Civilization" with emphasis on the way 
the domestication of plants not only fed humans, clothed them, 
treated their ailments (allowing them to live longer), etc. but the 
time that was not taken for hunting and gathering could be used for 
artistic and intellectual pursuits.  "Plants that Changed History" 
might be another approach.  In this kind of seminar you could talk 
about the movement of plants from one continent to another (and often 
back again) in the great age of exploration.  These would include 
plants like peanuts, cotton, sugar, tobacco, corn, etc.

Sorry.. this is just off the top of my head.  Others will have better 


>My college requires all freshman to take a seminar course designed to
>develop their skills at reading, writing, communicating, and integrating
>across disciplines (rather than emphasizing content).  Individual
>faculty are encouraged to develop these seminars on topics they are
>particularly interested in, or are not able to pursue to any great
>extent in their regular curriculum.
>I believe Ethnobotany would be a suitable topic for such a seminar, but
>am at a loss for course titles.  I already know about "Plants and
>Society", "Plants and Civilization", "Plants and Human Affairs", "Plants
>and Culture", "Plants and Human History", etc.
>Has anyone run across a more creative title for a non-science seminar
>course that might cover topics as diverse as medicinal plants,
>domestication of crop plants, plants and the environment, and the
>religious/cultural uses of plants?
>Thanks for any ideas.
>Dave Robinson
>Biology Department
>Bellarmine University
>2001 Newburg Road
>Louisville, KY  40205

David W. Kramer, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Ohio State University at Mansfield
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH  44906-1547
Phone:  (419) 755-4344      FAX:  (419) 755-4367
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