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Intensive area courses (Natural and Unnatural Histories, Rooted, Self in Space) each meet for about ten days in succession. Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere, Nowhere meets for the entire 5-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) - Rooted: A Short History of Placemaking. Instructor: Daegan Miller

This course will be an interdisciplinary and experiential exploration of one question: how do you know where you are? We'll think about what it means to relate to a place, a time, an environment, and to a society. We'll explore maps--the typical cartographic ones, as well as those less traditional: essays, poems, and photographs--and we'll ask what maps reveal, and what they hide. Finally, we'll ask of ourselves, where are we, and what are we doing in Northern Michigan.

English 221 (2 credits) (HU) - The Self-Centered World and The World-Centered Self. Instructors: Jennifer Metsker and Kendall Martin Babi

How might one empathize with a tree? Or a tick? Or a cloud? The human knows only by virtue of its senses what its environment is. The way we privilege sight, the comportment of our body--our understanding of the world is determined by our human perspective. The goal of this research and studio seminar will be to imagine the world from beyond our self-centered point of view in order to better empathize with non-human entities. We will engage in thinking and production that problematizes the model of the world implicit in what access our senses afford us to the environment. We will look to art, critical theory, philosophy, environmental writing, poetry and fiction to find novel and intuitive ways of reaching beyond the world of the human. By the end of the course, you will develop a creative project that will reflect on the world from the viewpoint of a non-human entity, and in doing so, you will expand your sense of empathy.

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 OR the Identity and Difference requirements in the English minor.