The Stewardship of Public Lands: Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park, July 30 – August 4, 2012

Registration is now open for our 8th summer Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone National Park. This program is open to faculty from any discipline who are teaching at an AASCU college or university.

Program Highlights:

· We spend six (6) days in Yellowstone National Park in a combination of classroom and field activities, examining four key political controversies: bison, wolves, snowmobiles, and grizzly bears. We begin the week examining the science and history of the controversies, listening to scientists and Park rangers. Then at the end of the week, we interview local citizens on both sides of the issues, including political activists, business people, ranchers, and other citizens.

· The goal of this project is to develop new strategies and new approaches that colleges and universities can use to help undergraduates become thoughtful, informed, and engaged citizens. In a world too often filled with bitter partisan politics, this non-partisan project seeks to move beyond rhetoric and confrontation, providing students with new models that promote understanding and resolution. In a political environment where special interest groups tend to push people to polarized positions, we seek common ground. The key question of this initiative is: How are competing but equally legitimate interests about public lands resolved in a democracy?

· Family members or guests are welcome to come to Yellowstone with the faculty participant. However, space does not allow for guest participation in the program except for some classroom lectures, a few field trips, and evening films and presentations.

· The cost of the program is $1,295, which includes five (5) nights individual room lodging at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (in Yellowstone National Park; single occupancy hotel room or cabin); all instruction and instructional materials, AV rental, classroom rental; in-park transportation; and a number of meals, including reception and dinner the first night, lunch Tuesday, and breakfast Wednesday.

For details, see attached Program Announcement. For registration, see attached Registration Form.

Program Announcement 2012.doc

Registration Form 2012.doc

About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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