Rural by Design
Summer Faculty Seminar May 21-May 25, 2012
Announcing a summer faculty seminar on: The meaning of significance of connection to place
to take place Monday, May 21st through Friday, May 25th, 2012.
In the broadest sense, this seminar speaks to the significance of "geography and interpretation of spatial phenomena," which we have identified as an essential ability to develop within a liberal education. Presented as part of the McGregor funded initiative, Rural by Design, we will focus our exploration by paying particular attention to our own rural community. Interested colleagues from throughout the arts, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply.
Participating faculty will determine specific topics and activities for inclusion in the seminar. I envision a series of morning sessions that include discussions of common readings and other materials and informal presentations by members of the Knox County community. We might also make two or three afternoon trips to relevant sites in the surrounding area. Taken together, these activities should expand understanding of our immediate surroundings and enhance our engagement with the local community.
Participating faculty will receive a $750 honorarium, free reading materials, and catered lunches featuring local foods. The seminar is limited to ten participants, so please indicate your interest as soon as possible by contacting me at the number or email below. Once the group is determined, I'll call an organizational meeting to explore possible topics and materials.