Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont was established in 1932 and currently has a population of 620 undergraduate and 118 graduate students. Bennington was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education, and it is the only college to require that students spend a term-every year- at work in the world.
Ethnobotany (ENV 2203.01, 3 credit hours)
This course will be an introduction to the cross-cultural study of the relationships between people and plants. We will focus on how indigenous peoples around the world today know and use plants for food, medicine, shelter, and rituals. We will examine folk taxonomies, the role of plants in religion and cosmology, the conservation of genetic diversity, and the ethics of bioprospecting and scientific documentation of indigenous knowledge. The course will include basic botany as well as cultural studies.
Valerie Imbruce (Environmental Studies)