Seminar Schedule

NEH Seminars provide rich opportunities to explore new ideas and to exchange insights within a small group of peers. We look forward to forming a vibrant learning community this summer. We ask that you help this seminar reach its full potential by completing primary source reading assignments in advance of your arrival at Carroll College. Doing so will empower you to participate fully and actively in each day’s topics and activities.  

Issues concerning the environment bring out passionate points of view in our cultural discourse. We expect that seminar participants will bring with them a range of perspectives, allegiances, and interests concerning the topics to be addressed. Summer scholars should expect the same. We strive to be guided in all our conversations by principles of charity and empathy.  

A detailed schedule follows below.  You can also click on the links below to see the schedule for each week.

 

Week 1

Monday, July 10

Topic: What is affection for nature and can the humanities contribute to it?

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Morning Session
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Orientation to Carroll College and its Resources
3:30 PM - Prep Time/Individual Meetings with Project Directors

Assignment

  • Read "The Fateful Rift: The San Andreas Fault in the Modern Mind” by Walker Percy (Handout)  Talk can also be viewed here
  • Read "It All Turns on Affection" by Wendell E. Barry
  • Read The Two Cultures by C. P. Snow

Tuesday, July 11

Topic: Exploring Origins - Written Traditions

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Morning Session on Genesis 1-2
12:00 PM  - Lunch
1:00 PM - Rewriting Genesis for a Modern Audience
3:30 PM    Prep Time/Individual Meetings with Project Directors

Assignment

  • Read Genesis 1-2 (online at here)
  • Read "Faith and the Environment: Religious Beliefs and Attitudes on Environmental Policy" by James L. Guth, John C. Green, Lyman A. Kellstedt, and Corwin E. Smidt (on reserve in the Carroll College library)

Wednesday, July 12

Topic: Exploring Origins - Oral Traditions (with guest scholar Mike Jetty)

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Native American Creation Stories
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Teaching the Stories: Montana’s Indian Education for All Curriculum
4:00 PM - End of Day

Assignment

  • Read selections from American Indian Myths and Legends
  • Read "From Native North American Oral Traditions to Western Literacy: Storytelling in Education" by Nathalie Piquemal (on reserve in the Carroll College library)

Thursday, July 13

Topic: Nature and Commerce - A Literary Exploration

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Field Trip to Butte, Montana, “the richest hill on earth”
1:30 - Arrive back in Helena
2:00 PM - Session on Hard Times 
4::30 PM - End of Day

Assignment

  • Read Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Read “‘The Poetry of Science’: Charles Dickens, Geology, and Visual and Material Culture in Victorian London" by Adelene Buckland (on the seminar Moodle page)

Friday, July 14

Topic: Nature and Commerce - A Musical Exploration

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Music and Place Exercise
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Session on Inuksuit and Grand Canyon Suit
3:30 PM - Wrap-Up of First Week

Assignment

  • Listen to Inuksuit by John Luther Adams
  • Listen to Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé
  • Read "Resonance of Place" by John Luther Adams (on the seminar Moodle page)
  • Read "Eco-Ing in the Canyon: Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite and the Transformation of Wilderness" by Brooks Toliver (on the seminar Moodle page)

Week 2

Monday, July 17

Topic: Wilderness - Bounded

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Photography Workshop
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Session on Ansel Adams and Wilderness
4:00 PM - End of Day

Assignment

Tuesday, July 18

Topic: Wilderness - Unbounded

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Poetry Workshop & Field Trip to Hellgate Canyon (with Melissa Kwasny) 
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Session on poetry and nature (with Melissa Kwasny)
5:00 PM - Arrive Back at Carroll College

Assignment

  • Read Pictograph: Poems by Melissa Kwasny
  • Read "Sci-Animism: American Poetry and Science" by Gioia Woods (on the seminar Moodle page)

Wednesday, July 19

Topic: We versus Us - Consumption and Desire

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Field Trip with the Prickly Pear Land Trust (http://pricklypearlt.org/)
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM -  Session on Freedom: A Novel
4:00 PM - Arrive back at Carroll College

Assignment

  • Read Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
  • Read "Eastern and Western Promises in Jonathan Franzen's Freedom" by Jesús Ángel González (on reserve in the Carroll College library)

Thursday, July 20

We versus Us - Consumption and Desire

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Morning viewing of and session on Princess Mononoke (1997)
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Field Trip on Helena’s Mining History
4:00 PM - End of Day

Assignment

  • Film viewing: Princess Mononoke (1997)
  • Read "Animating Child Activism: Environmentalism and Class Politics in Ghibli's Princess Mononoke (1997) and Fox's Fern Gully (1992) by Michael J. Smith and Elizabeth Parsons (on the seminar Moodle page)

Friday, July 21

Self-directed day for curriculum and project development, library research, and individual  consultation with the project directors.

 

Week 3

Monday, July 24

Travel to the West Yellowstone Studies Center with a screening of one episode of Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and an evening discussion of the assigned reading

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Travel to West Yellowstone Studies Center
1:00 PM - Lunch
2:00 PM - Get Settled at West Yellowstone Studies Center
3:00 PM - Screening and discussion of one episode The National Parks
5:00 PM - Dinner in West Yellowstone

Assignment

  • Read "A Visual Critique of Ken Burns's the National Parks: America's Best Idea" by Cindy Ott (on the seminar Moodle page)
  • Read "Yellowstone as ‘Landscape Idea’: Thomas Moran and the Pictorial Practices of Gilded-Age Western Exploration" by Gareth E. John (on the seminar Moodle page)

Tuesday, July 25

Ecological survey of Yellowstone National Park with Dr. Grant Hokit, professor of biology and environmental science at Carroll College.

6:00 AM - Breakfast
7:00 AM - Depart for Yellowstone National Park
12:00 PM - Lunch in Yellowstone National Park
5:00 PM - Dinner in West Yellowstone

Wednesday, July 26

Native American cultural survey of Yellowstone National Park with Mike Jetty, Indian Education Specialist for the State of Montana

6:00 AM - Breakfast
7:00 AM - Depart for Yellowstone National Park
12:00 PM - Lunch in Yellowstone National Park
5:00 PM - Dinner in West Yellowstone

Assignment

  • “Bad Medicine” by Owen Wister (on the seminar Moodle page)

Thursday, July 27

A day in Yellowstone National Park for reflection upon the seminar and to prepare a project presentation for the directors and fellow participants.  How will one of your classes or lessons look different because of this seminar?

6:00 AM - Breakfast
7:00 AM - Depart for Yellowstone National Park
12:00 PM - Lunch in Yellowstone National Park
5:00 PM - Dinner in West Yellowstone
6:30 PM - Yellowstone  Wrap-Up

Friday, July 28

Return to Carroll College for final dinner together and presentations of projects.

8:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Load bus and depart for Carroll College
1:00 PM - Lunch in Helena and Personal Prep Time
4:30 PM - Communal Dinner and Presentations.
8:00 PM - End of Seminar