John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath is perhaps one of the most recognizable works of American fiction, chronicling the Joad family’s Dust Bowl migration from Oklahoma to California. This course will use Grapes of Wrath as a vehicle to explore the parallels between the environmental, economic, and cultural upheavals of 1930’s America and those we are currently witnessing. Particular attention will be given to not only to environmental change, but also to the diverse and profound ways that humans endure, overcome, and react to that change. Themes such as migration, climate change, dehumanization, dignity, faith, resistance, community, xenophobia, and more will be explored. Grapes of Wrath will be used as the primary text, but it will be supplemented by more contemporary films and articles. By the end of the course, students will better understand the modern social ecology of America and its ties to historical processes, as well as the immensely distinct and complex ways that people react to environmental distress.