2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

A Sense of Wonder


Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters

Hirsh Diamant visual, expressive and media arts including arts of self cultivation, cultural and Chinese studies, human development, education , Nancy Parkes creative writing, sustainability, public policy
Fields of Study
communications, cultural studies, education, environmental studies, literature, natural history, sustainability studies and writing

Students in this interdisciplinary program, which continues from Fall quarter, will learn how to cultivate a “sense of wonder” while building skills as writers, activists, artists, and interdisciplinary scholars.  Our work will combine theory and practice as we delve into the rich areas of literature, cultural studies, writing, creative arts, contemplative practice, natural history, and environmental/outdoor education.  We will explore how we develop roots to the natural world and explore themes related to natural history literature, the Pacific Northwest, and global multicultural traditions that have intimate connections to place, family, education, and artistic practice. At the core of our inquiry will be the questions:  What enlivens culture?  What motivates change?  Working from a rich, interdisciplinary perspective, we will study what it means to be rooted to place and how place connects us to a deep sense of purpose and meaning through word and image, language and tradition, stories and activism, and education and scholarship. Highlights of Winter quarter will include a three day Lunar New Year and Tai Ji celebration and Community Service work in areas of students’ interests.


Advertised Schedule
6-8p Mon, 6-10p Wed, 10a-5p Sat (Fall: Oct 12, 26, Nov 16, Dec 7; Winter: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22, Mar 15); overnight field trip to LaPush Wed-Thu Nov 20-21; Lunar New Year Celebration Fri, Feb 7 (6-9p), Sat, Feb 8 (10a-5p), Sun, Feb 9 (10a-5p)
Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online
Greener Store
Required Fees
$50 fall quarter for overnight field trip to LaPush; $15 winter quarter for tickets to Lunar New Year Festival
Offered During
Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
January 3rd, 2014 $15 winter required fee added
December 5th, 2013 Winter Quarter faculty signature requirement dropped. There is no longer a faculty signature required for the 12 credit winter CRN.
October 1st, 2013 Faculty signature requirement added for winter quarter.
September 27th, 2013 Winter Saturday class dates published.
May 16th, 2013 Fall Saturday class meeting dates published.
April 2nd, 2013 Added required fees for fall.
March 8th, 2013 Rebecca Chamberlain has left the program. Maximum enrollment has changed to 32.