Using Place as Text pedagogy, participants will read the five gateway communities of our first national park, paying particular attention to complex stewardship issues that arise at the intersection of public and private lands. The Institute will provide the opportunity for a deep exploration of contemporary questions about our public lands: How are tensions between the tourism industry and environmental preservation negotiated? What complexities are generated when differing cultures and stakeholders lay claim to a particular location? How are notions of “wilderness” constructed? The ultimate goal is for participants to engage with experiential learning strategies as a way to link discovery, knowledge, dialogue, and observation.
Participants will read texts about this country’s wild lands, explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to gain a personal understanding of wild and not-so-wild places, and engage local citizens in discussions of place and the competing values associated with it. A range of locations, including both public and private lands within the broader ecosystem, will be explored through direct observations, interviews, and mapping exercises, as well as through group discussion and personal writing assignments. Core to the Institute experience is the development of adaptations of City as Text™ methodology to participants’ home campuses and to residential travel programs or academic service-learning immersion projects.
Costs & Deadlines
$1700 (single occupancy) or $1250 (double occupancy). Program fee includes lodging for five nights, expert instruction, some meals (opening reception, final dinner), local transportation, reading materials, and incidental charges (including a $50 non-refundable registration fee). Participants will arrange for travel to Cody, WY (airport code COD) on May 31 (arriving before 2 PM) and from Jackson, WY (airport code JAC) on June 5 (departing anytime).
(Note: This multi-city itinerary is of similar cost to round-trip travel into Jackson, WY.) Lodging in a shared or single room will be in clean-but-simple motels.
April 25, 2018