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Natural Resources and Civilizations and Environment, Technology, and Society Capstone (Southern Italy/Sicily) Dr. Chad Heinzel Pages = Other contact sources Twitter (@Ubreccia)

2018 Syllabus

If you are taking the class through the website, complete each worksheet and e-mail it to me…
If you are coming to class you do not have to fill out the worksheets. You will earn points by participating – (take notes, work on in-class activities, ask questions, etc.). If you have to miss a class complete the online work. Everyone should read, listen to, and watch the on-line work…

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Please work through these activities and e-mail the worksheets ...

Week 9 - Welcome and Logistics

Week 10 - Spring Break

Week 11 - Please read Wicked Problems and address the questions in Worksheet #1

Week 12 - Please read Geoarchaeology of the Chuddia River Valley Western Sicily then work through this game with the group (in class) If out of class try to get your roomates or family to help you work through this survival game , If you are playing this game outside of class follow these steps (1. Have everyone make their own lists first, the come togeter in a group, discuss your answers, then make a new group list, finally with the group and your list address the questions...

Week 13- Reasons Civilizations Collapse or Thrive Acitvity - Watch the video below then, please write two page summary of this video with the theme 'Will the USA ever collapse?'

Week 14 - Please listen to ONE of the following podcasts (take notes) then Please write a summery of the interview and pesonal reflection (no more than two pages) Option 1 = Fragility and the Evolution of Humanity - Krista Tippett interviews Xavier Le Pichon Oct. 7, 2010, (Science, Religion and Empahy) Option 2 = John O'Donohue "The Inner Landscape of Beauty" (Sense of Place, Religion, Relationships with people and nature) ; Option 3 = Lisa Randall - "Dark Matter, Dinosaurs, and Extra Demensions" (Science, Women in Science, Life in the Universe) *You may click and listen on your computer or right click and 'Save Target As' to download the mp3 to your computer...

Week 15 - Natural hazards and life on Earth - Presentation - Worksheet 3 (Not ready yet)

Week 16 - Civilizations - Past, present and future (Activity - Nature, humanity and articistic expression) Worksheet 4 (not ready yet)

Week 17 - Finals Week - No Class or test, finish strong in your other courses!


.An Intro. to Italian/Sicilian Soil and Wine (Sicilian Wines)

Exploring Southern Italy and Sicily

Rick Steves Podcasts : Italy - Italian Cuisine 1 (audio), Italian Cuisine 2 (audio), Pasta 101 (audio) , Rome - Colosseum (audio AND map) , Sistine Chapel (audio AND map) , St. Peters (audio AND map) , Pantheon (audio AND map), Michelangelo in Rome (audio), Rome Beneath the surface (audio)

Getting ready to travel this summer...

Basic packing list and ideas (not complete - Please let me know if you have questions), This is the bag that I use, there are cheaper versions, Electrical adaptor (info) Or the minimum you might need

Handouts for learning Italian numbers and phrases... Page1 , Page 2 , Page 3 , Page 4

Links to explore


Rome -

Trapani - Bed & Breakfast Belveliero , (5 nights)

Florence (new 2018) - Coming soon, (2 nights)

Lipari/Canneto - Baia Unici , (6 nights)


Activity websites


A War Diary Soars Over Rome (National Geographic, April 2015)

BBC Historical Research

Roman Emperors

The British Museum

The Vatican


Egadi Islands

La Grotta del Genovese


Aeolian Islands

Stromboli #1

Stromboli #2


Further reading...

Italian History

Lonely Planet



1968 Earthquake

Erosion post-Roman

Sicily tectonics

The day the Earth shook