The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues, traveling to over 40 countries to visit the factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where it ends up. Annie’s films, writing and presentations combine solid information and first hand investigative reporting with a profound sense of hope that we can, indeed must, find a more sustainable way to meet our material needs.
In December 2007, Annie Leonard released The Story of Stuff, a hit 20-minute webfilm that takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the often hidden costs of our consumer driven culture. The Story of Stuff has generated over 10 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time. The film has won numerous awards, including a South by Southwest Festival award, and in 2008 Annie was named one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bronco Student Center, URSA Major
6:00 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Lecture
8:00 pm - Q & A followed by book signing
(Books will be available for purchase)
All first-year freshmen are invited to participate, even if you’re not in a “First Year Experience” class! All students who submit an essay will be invited to a special reception with the author before her Kellogg Lecture Series Presentation.
Based on The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard,
Annie Leonard argues that the process of extraction, production, distribution,consumption, and disposal of "stuff" is damaging our planet, health, and perhaps our happiness. To what degree do you find her arguments persuasive? Select one step in the five-step process she describes to support your view, and defend your position with evidence.
Use Times New Roman 12-point or Arial 11-point, double-space your essay, and use 1-inch margins. Essays should be about four pages long, plus references if applicable.
An outstanding essay will address all parts of the prompt and fully explore at least one point that differs from the author's main perspective. It will be interesting, well organized, free of grammatical and mechanical errors, and cite references.