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Courses

Intensive area courses (Natural and Unnatural Histories, The Anthropology of Environmental Knowledge (and Practice), Self in Space) each meet for two weeks in succession. Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere, Nowhere meets for the entire 6-week duration of the program.

American Culture 311/NATIVEAM 311 (2 credits) (HU) - Natural and Unnatural Histories: The Evolving Networks of Life in the Upper Great Lakes. Instructor: Margaret Noodin (UW-Milwaukee)

This course will explore connections between life, land and waterways in Michigan. Through research, observation and storytelling you will learn the history of the current living landscape which includes mound builders, woodland confederacies, trade routes, territories and today’s sovereign nations. Using the lens of multiple disciplines including, Native American Studies, Ethnography, Ethnobotany, Anthropology and Linguistics we will trace the various ways people have lived with and sustained cultural identity in the region.

Anthropology 298 (2 credits) (SS)- The Anthropology of Environmental Knowledge (and Practice). Instructor TBA

This course examines the complexities of nature and culture on a rapidly changing planet Earth. Students will apply theoretical readings and case studies in creating their own ethnographies of human-environment interactions at UM’s Biostation in northern Michigan, including a focus on the everyday practices of the biologists conducting research there. The goal of the course is to examine ideas about humans’ place in nature that are implicit and explicit in anthropological theory, environmental politics, and cultural practices ranging from recycling to hunting, and from oracular divination to biological research.

Anthropology 298 will count toward the Anthropology major and minor.

English 221 (2 credits) (HU) - Self in Space. Instructor: Aisha Sabatini Sloan (UMich)

For this creative writing workshop, we will look at nonfiction texts that engage with the idea of place while delineating the ways that regional, cultural, technological, and somatic modes of knowing determine how we locate ourselves. Availing ourselves of multi-media tools, we will study and create hybrid works of prose, telling stories that employ inventive strategies for gathering research about self and space at the south shore of Douglas Lake.

English 221 will count toward elective credits for English majors and English minors.

English 320 (2 credits) (HU) - Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere, Nowhere. Instructor: Ingrid Diran (UMich)

In this course, we take an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the problems of location, dislocation, and imagination, by exploring how we come to define, and find ourselves, somewhere, anywhere, everywhere, or nowhere. Taking as our guide works of literature, history, and philosophy that examine what it means to be situated or disoriented, at the center or on the edge, we’ll ask both how to map ourselves in Northern Michigan, and how to map Northern Michigan within ourselves.

English 320 will count toward the American Literature and Identity and Difference requirements in the English major.

English 320 will count toward the American Literature OR the Identity and Difference requirements in the English minor.