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Emily Polk

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Personal bio
Emily Polk is an Advanced Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and the Writing Specialist for the School of Earth Energy and Environmental Sciences. She teaches and researches the rhetoric of sustainability and the communication of global social movements in the digital and public spheres. Prior to getting her doctorate, Emily worked for nearly ten years around the world as a media professional, helping to produce radio documentaries in Burmese refugee camps, and facilitating a human rights-based newspaper in a Liberian refugee camp. She has also worked as an editor at Whole Earth Magazine and at CSRwire, a leading global source of corporate social responsibility news. Her own writing and radio documentaries have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the Boston Globe, NPR, The National Radio Project, AlterNet, the Indian Express, Central America Weekly, the Ghanaian Chronicle, and Whole Earth Magazine, among others. Her first book, Communicating Global to Local Resiliency: A Case Study of the Transition Movement, was released in 2015. Emily's courses focus on global development, climate change, and environmental justice, and invite students to interrogate the discourses (and assumptions) around the approaches, methods, and ideologies regarding how and when social change happens.

Currently teaching
EARTHSYS 91: Earth Systems Writers Collective (Autumn, Winter)
EDUC 98: Service Learning Practicum (Winter)
CSRE 132E: Topics in Writing & Rhetoric: Introduction to Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Place (Autumn)
EARTHSYS 194: Topics in Writing & Rhetoric: Introduction to Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Place (Autumn)
PWR 194EP: Topics in Writing & Rhetoric: Introduction to Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Place (Autumn)
URBANST 155EP: Topics in Writing & Rhetoric: Introduction to Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Place (Autumn)
EARTHSYS 149: Wild Writing (Spring)
EARTHSYS 249: Wild Writing (Spring)
PWR 1EP: Writing & Rhetoric 1: The Rhetoric of Global Development and Social Change (Spring)
PWR 2EPC: Writing & Rhetoric 2: Building Resilience: Writing Science, Policy and Community For a Better World (Winter)
HUMRTS 199: Capstone Project: Human Rights Minor (Winter)
EARTHSYS 297: Directed Individual Study in Earth Systems (Autumn, Winter)
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