The Evergreen State College

Author: williasa

Aria’s Oyster Lyrics

When I put the shell up to my lips
 and I taste the meat inside of it
 my mind flies through space and time
 this oyster would be great with wine
 With each chew I go through an
 each time it's new
 tasting the places and the things
 that this little oyster brings
 From the ocean to my mouth
 and it's clear to me
 without a doubt
 that oysters hold the soul of the sea
 salty morsels for you and me
 Purifying whilst providing
 food and love
 yonically smiling
 gender fluid
 blind to dying
 the coolest shellfish without even trying
 As a little spat you flew till you settled down
 and then grew
 keeping the waters blue and
 turning waste into something new
 oysters we thank you giving us a way to explore
 the depths of the deep blue sea
 while sitting on land beneath a tree
 oysters we thank you for
 allowing us to taste the ocean's floor
 we couldn't ask for anything more
 than the part you play upon the shore
 we love youuuuu
 we love you

Due Eval Week

Due before or at time of evaluation meeting:  
(1) Student Self-Evaluation of work for which credit will be awarded winter quarter (submitted to seminar faculty, due 9am Thursday Week 9); 
(2) Student Evaluation of each program faculty member (Biswas, Scheuerell, and Williams).  Please use forms available at my.evergreen.edu or bring paper copies (on separate sheets) to your evaluation meeting with your faculty.
If you have not submitted/brought  these documents to your evaluation meeting, then you will not be able to have your evaluation conference.

Week 9 UPDATED: Please READ


9-12  Chocolate + paired tasting in our usual space E1107

        -9:00 to 9:20 “Marketing Terroir: Tasting Beer” with Archer Hobson-Ritz

        -9:30-12 noon: Guests–Sam and Sandy Desner, Carla and Dean Jones– for this presentation include Olympia’s Encore Chocolate and Teas and Salish Sea Organic Liqueurs

Cultural Studies Reading: Taste Culture Reader ch 30 (304-316) plus excerpts from Bittersweet Journey:  A Modestly Erotic Novel of Love, Longing, and Chocolate (Futterman PDF pp 15-16; 67-68)

1:30-4:30 Tasting Lab followed by independent project presentations with tastings in the Longhouse

In program ILC presentation and tastings- Tentative schedule/titles below

  • 1:30 to 1:50   Evolution of Chinese food outside China: Authenticity
    with “Chinese” food with Otto to support discussion of “Authenticity”
  • 1:50 to 2:20  Terroir of Foods from the Cascades with Bonnie, Ze, Daniel and Lydia and honey/salt lollipop tasting
  •  2:20 to 2:40  Mycology Presentation with Connor, Ben, Jimmy
  • 2:40 to 3:00  “To Brie or Not to Brie” with Valerie

3 to 4:30 Chocolate Tasting Lab, incl. Stuckey.  Bring your Stuckey text.

Reading:  Stuckey ch 6 “How the Pros Taste”

WPreLab 6 is DUE Tuesday by 1 PM online at the Terroir Canvas Winter Site (see link in right column at the bottom of the WordPress program site or enter through your myevergreen.edu).   Wtr PreLab 6 is posted on the canvas winter quarter site.  DO NOT TRY TO USE THE FWS CANVAS SITE, RATHER USE THE WINTER CANVAS SITE ONLY.

Please remember to wash your hands with soap on arrival in the Longhouse.  Please bring a water bottle for palate cleansing.


9:30-11 Seminar: Required reading The New Taste of Chocolate (Presilla) pages 52-125 plus preparing 1 recipe from pages 143-226 in preparation for your video of this chocolate recipe paired with the taste of another terroir-laden food of your choice.  Arrange to borrow the text if you do not have it and do not want to buy it. Some copies are available in the Greener Bookstore (2.10.16).

Due: Seminar Writing Assignment patterned after weeks 6 and 7:  1) Identify a thesis for Presilla’s text;  2) identify a thesis for Futterman’s Bittersweet Journey excerpts (Futterman PDF); 3) provide  supporting evidence for the theses as suggested in this quarter’s Seminar Writing Assignment; 4) conclude with 1-3 sentences that compare and contrast the two thesis; 5) have someone proofread your paper, revise, and type the word count next to your name.

11:15-12:45 Anthropocene Lecture Series

Politics in the Age of Environmental Thinking, Andrew Culp

Requried Reading: The Non-political Politics of Climate Change by Erick Swyngedouw

“What happens to the concept of ‘politics’ when ecological crises
become the leading threat to our way of life? Or more provocatively,
what happens when governance ‘no longer confronts us like a subject
facing us, but an environment that is hostile to us’? In this talk, I
discuss how the traditional concept of politics as conflict is
reconfigured by the ecological milieu, a diffusion of complex forces,
and non-human actors.”

Andrew Culp is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies at
Whitman College. His work is on the cultural study of new paradigms of power. He recently completed a manuscript, Dark Deleuze and the Death of This World, and his work has appeared in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, parallax, Radical Philosophy, and Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action.


UPDATE:  Ellen Shortt-Sanchez, Director of Evergreen’s Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, will meet with us in LIB 2617 from 11-12 to share info about local terroir-related field study opportunities for spring quarter.  Please plan to attend if you want to do a local field study in the Terroir program spring quarter.  http://evergreen.edu/communitybasedlearning/

Video and web page groups – reserved computer lab time and written reflections guided by faculty. 

9-12 Computer Lab LIB 2617 time for Group A; Case Study Work Time Group B

1-4 Computer Lab LIB 2617 time for Group B; Case Study Work Time Group A


10:30-12:00 In program ILC students meet in SEM2, E3105. Be prepared to share progress and challenges for each of your learning goals.

Due: Oyster video and website – by 5 PM

Wk 8 Faculty Consultations

Faculty will be available during the following times this week:  Wed 10-11 Sem2 E3109 (SW and AB); Thurs 11-12 LIB 2617 (SW); Friday 10:30-11:30 Sem2 E3105 (AB). 

Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 3.12.21 PM

Theme Options for WordPress Blogs

  • Baskerville (Evergreen Baskerville)
  • Editor
  • Hemingway (Evergreen Hemingway)
  • Hueman
  • Isola
  • Massive Press

Use one of these Themes in order to ensure that all media we’re using works and mobile applications will work.

Students Not on CA Field Trip: Required Activities



Film Seminar 9:30-11  Sem2 E3109

Week 3 Anthropocene Lecture Series 11:15-12:45 COM Bldg  https://sites.evergreen.edu/anthropocene/syllabus/

The Role of the Sun in Climate Change, EJ Zita

Reading: Living with a Variable Sun

Week 4  Art Lecture Series 11:30-1  COM Bldg  http://blogs.evergreen.edu/artistlectureseries/

Prison Libraries/Prison Art. Laura Sherbo on libraries and prisons focused on the first amendment and Pat Graney, Seattle based choreographer, on art/performance in prisons and its impact on the incarcerated.


Independent Field Study Consultations 10-12  Sem2 E3109  (This is a good time to check in regarding weeks 3 and 4 as well as full quarter Field Study projects.)

Note:  Students not participating in the CA field trip must document the appropriate number of independent field study hours and activities with text and pictures on their individual TESC blogs linked to our Terroir program Sites webpage.  Be sure to attend the AM or PM Video Workshop week 2 and to connect with continuing students to set up and link your individual blog.

Please email Sarah (williasa@evergreen.edu) if you will not be participating in campus program activities weeks 3 and 4 (and are not on CA field trip).

Monitor the Terroir Program Sites website for details and updates!


WA State Climate Change Symposium 1.13

From: on behalf of Emily Dunn-Wilder [dunemi30@evergreen.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:50 PM
Subject: Climate Change Symposium- Please share with students!
Afternoon session is going to be totally worthwhile (hello, Nobel Laureate!) and not during class time.



It’s Happening. What Now? Climate Change Research and Action in Washington State.

Take part in an exploration of both regional research on and regional solutions for the impacts of climate change.

  • What are the risks and concerns?
  • Who is taking action?
  • What is being done?

Join us Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Full Program available HERE http://www.evergreen.edu/sustainability/docs/Program-Jan13.pdf

Campus map and directions are HERE http://www.evergreen.edu/sustainability/docs/evergreencampusmap-climatechangesymposium.pdf

10:00 am to 2:00 pm – The Longhouse

Panel discussions of:

  • Current Research on Regional Impacts
    • Moderated by Tiffany Webb, MES
    • Lara Whitely BInder, UW Climate Impacts Group
    • Terrie Klinger, WA Ocean Acidification Center
  • Carbon Cap and Tax Policies
    • Moderated by Kristin Eberhard, Sightline Institute
    • Yoram Bauman, Carbon WA
    • Sarah Rees, WA Dept of Ecology
    • Jeff Johnson, WA State Labor Council and the Alliance for Jobs and Green Energy
  • Regional Solutions-based Action
    • Moderated by Stephen Buxbaum, former Mayor of Olympia
    • Graeme Sackrison, Thurston Climate Action Team
    • Andy Suhrbier, The Pacific Shellfish Institute
    • Jessica Schilke, Urban Farming at Microsoft
    • Sarra Tekola, Women of Color Speak Out

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm – The Recital Hall, COM Building

Both presentations will also be streamed live at: http://www.evergreen.edu/streams/home.htm

Rhys Roth

Rhys Roth, on Sustainable Public Infrastructure

Rhys co-founded Climate Solutions in 1998, and helped it grow into the Northwest’s most important and influential nonprofit group addressing climate change.  In 2013, Rhys was honored as a “Sustainability Trailblazer” by the Sustainable Path Foundation, which said Rhys has “arguably done more than anyone in this region to put the issue of climate change on the radar.”

Late in 2013, Rhys returned to his alma mater, The Evergreen State College, over 20 years after graduating with a Masters of Environmental Studies, to lead the College’s new Center for Sustainable Infrastructure to help bring innovation, new tools, and sustainability excellence to infrastructure planning and investment in the Pacific Northwest.  He authored the Center’s inaugural report, “Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions,” in November 2014.


Dr. John Byrne

John Byrne, PhD on Models of Local and Regional Action

Dr. Byrne is the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Delaware. CEEP has been instrumental in pioneering an equity- and sustainability-based strategy for resolving conditions of socioeconomic and environmental inequality. He is also chairman of the board of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), an international organization established to promote a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods.

Dr. Byrne has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992 and shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Panel’s authors and review editors.


CEEP – Paris Agreement: A Landmark Climate Change Policy Reached

A Polycentric Response to the Climate Change Challenge Relying on Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership. Position paper prepared by CEEP for UNFCCC COP-21, Paris, 2015

Sustainable Energy Utility: Understanding the Basics. Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, 2013

State of Knowledge Report – Climate Change in Puget Sound. The UW Climate Impacts Group

Washington Ocean Acidification Center. Current research on the impacts of ocean acidification in Washington State marine waters.

Urban Farming at Microsoft 

Pacific Shellfish Institute. Washington shellfish industry research and action.

Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions. The Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

5 Big Goals Research Program: Mapping a Transformative 2040 Infrastructure Vision. The Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

New for Winter



Below are the Morning (Group A) and Afternoon (Group B) students for tomorrow’s media workshops.  Please note that we will be meeting in the computer center (I believe Library 2617).

Students at the bottom of the list are noted as unassigned— I scheduled you all for the afternoon and I am hoping that you can form groups when we meet at the workshop (or we can assign you to a group).  If your name is not on the list below, presumably because you missed class today, please email me and please attend in the morning and we’ll see what we can do to get you in a group (but please plan to maybe have to attend the afternoon media workshop if we can’t make groups).

Thursday Morning Media Workshop— GROUP A

Student    case study group #
Cummins    1
DeLao    1
Nord    1
Bender    2
Feighery    2
Jordan    2
Threatt    2
Dunn-Wilder    3
Kirchoff    3
Larson    3
Mcgrath    3
Gruett    4
Hayhoe    4
Su    4
Allen    5
Sierant    5
Snody    5
Urman    5
Burghardi    6
Cranmer    6
Lindgren    6
Cavanaugh    7
Mousseau    7
Tuchel    7
Caicedo    8
Plenty Wolf    8
Moore (new student- not sure about spelling)    8

Thursday afternoon Media Workshop— GROUP B

Student    case study group #
App    9
Freeman     9
Landrieu Murphy    9
Carouso    10
Garcia     10
Siongco    10
Carlton    11
Hantula    11
Tippy    11
Kahn    12
Lane    12
Needham    12
Wegner    12
Holtrop    13
Lattery    13
Sloan    13
Antonio    14
Dillon    14
Van Dyck    14
Welch    14
Knuckey    15
Taylor    15
Day    unassigned, Steve’s seminar
Moffett    unassigned, Steve’s seminar
Hammond    unassigned
Saunders    unassigned
Wei    unassigned
Zion    unassigned







The Academic Fair Handout for Winter Quarter provides program details as well as recommended and required readings in preparation for winter quarter.  Check the academic program website week one for the Fair handout as well as Heather Paxson’s “Locating Value in Artisan Cheese: Reverse Engineering Terroir for New-World Landscapes.”

The first seminar text for winter is Sarah Beskey’s The Darjeeling Distinction:  Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India.  Start reading and taking good notes. Our full book list follows:

The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food And Drink. Carolyn Korsemeyer (ed)

 Taste What You’re Missing. Barb Stuckey  

The Darjeeling Connection. Sarah Beskey [New winter text]

A Geography of Oysters. Rowan Jacobsen [New winter text]

 Consider the Oyster. MFK Fisher [New winter text]

 The New Taste of Chocolate. Maricel Presilla

Recommended Resource Texts:

Understanding Earth.* John Grotzinger, Thomas H. Jordan, Frank Press, Raymond Siever. 6th Edition. *Note that this is NOT the most recent or expensive edition

 Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide. Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox (eds)


All students new to Terroir winter quarter and all able continuing students will be participating in a terroir-laden CA-based field trip during weeks 3 and 4.  An option during the field trip for interested students is participation in the EcoFarm Conference near Monterey, CA 20-23 January: < www.eco-farm.org >  See email below for registration details.  Quad rooms will sell out quickly. 

The faculty  received the following change from EcoFarm regarding the registration info they provided and what we announced in class  week ten.   Please register ASAP  for “registration, meals and quad housing” following the directions below.  All students new to Terroir winter quarter are expected  to participate in the CA field trip. Participation in the 3-day EcoFarm Conference is optional for all students.

From: Gabi Salazar [conference@eco-farm.org]
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 6:24 PM
To: Williams, Sarah
Subject: Registration Instructions for Students!

Hello Sarah!  I discussed this case with Ken our Executive Director and we will be able to offer a slightly different arrangement which we believe will greatly simplify things in the future.  We would like to offer that the remaining students register with the following discount code:  EVRGRN5 Please have your students enter the discount code exactly as it appears above in the discount code field at the TOP of the registration page, and press “Apply”.  This will take 5% off of their registration for the full conference in a Triple/Quad. Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund for the 5% discount to students who have already registered. Making changes in the registration and payment system is unfortunately difficult and costly for us to manage. Please let me know if you have any questions or difficulties with this process.  Warmest Regards,  Gabi  — Gabi Salazar
Conference and Program Coordinator 

Ecological Farming Association 2901 Park Avenue, Suite D-2
Soquel, CA 95073-2831
[p] 831-763-2111
[f] 831-763-2112


© 2018 Terroir
The Evergreen State College
Olympia, Washington

Log inUp ↑