OSHR 1860 - Nature and Humanity: Resolving the Issues That Become Conflicts

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Concerning the interface between Nature and Humanity, ants in a mound work together better than do people facing a problem. Recognizing issues comes easily, but resolving issues can seem as futile as searching for leprechaun gold. Conflicts between nature and humanity become conflicts between people when one person’s solution to a nature-based problem becomes another person’s nightmare; disagreement stymies resolution. In this arena comfort makes familiarity a tether, and acceptance makes tradition a tyrant. Together, familiarity and tradition nullify new thinking.

This course will propose and elaborate completely new solutions to old nagging problems that pit humanity against nature.

Please Note: No class November 20.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Kevin J. Cook

Kevin J. Cook is a naturalist who has explored the expanse of Colorado and engaged the full diversity of its wildlife since 1974. Through writing, speaking, and teaching he shares his passion for life with other people, always emphasizing the themes of diversity, connectedness, and geography.