Shipping Out and Writing Home
Fall 2015 quarter
In the maritime Pacific Northwest, we find ourselves in a place defined by its weather, its rhythms of light and dark, its tides, its dramatic geography. Living here, we come to know this place for its gorgeous vistas, its gentle, characteristic sounds and smells, and its cataclysmic threats of earthquakes, eruptions, landslides, fires, floods, and storms. All living here sense and know that this place wouldn’t be as it is if a vast ocean were not lying to the west. In this program, we will explore our sense of place in the maritime Pacific Northwest and the deep and complex ways our sense of place includes and depends on the sea, whether the inland waters of Puget Sound, the inside passage to Alaska or the larger oceans that connect us to global history and commerce.
We will begin with four days aboard a tall ship in the Salish Sea, an introduction to our maritime environment and to one another. Most of our sources will be literary: poetic and narrative, fictional and factual, imaginative and thoughtful. We will study classic texts by those who have shipped out (short works by Melville for example) and more contemporary works by regional authors. We will explore visual representations (both static and moving) of the sea and shore, and musical depictions of the sea and maritime work. Students will read and write thoughtfully about what they experience and discover. We will create theatrical readings, musical performances or other presentations related to the program themes. Upper-division students will be expected to complete a larger project and all students will find exceptional support and connection in their work as members of a learning community.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day