Catalog: Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

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Rainforest Research


For an alternative program, refer to the program description for: Individual Studies: Entomology, Biology, Ecology and Environmental Studies.

Spring quarter

Faculty: John T. Longino (biology)

Major areas of study include tropical field biology. Upper-division science credit will be awarded.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: Temperate Rainforests or Tropical Rainforests or the equivalent. Faculty signature required (see below).

Faculty Signature: Students enrolled in Tropical Rainforests should include a statement in their application regarding interest in the Rainforest Research program. Tropical Rainforests students will be given preference but new students may enroll. New students wishing to enroll should contact John Longino at (360) 867-6511 for an interview. Students applying prior to the fall Academic Fair, November 28, 2007, will be given preference. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

This program is a logical successor to the Temperate Rainforests and Tropical Rainforests programs. Students will carry out an independent scientific research project in tropical rainforest biology. Proposals for projects will have been developed during the earlier Tropical Rainforests program, or through direct consultation with the faculty. Projects will involve extensive field work, and may be located in a variety of possible sites in Costa Rica. Students will gather and analyze their own data, write a technical research report and present their results in a symposium at the end of the quarter. Students will have weekly consultation with faculty via e-mail, and will meet with the faculty twice during the quarter at the La Selva Biological Station, once early in the quarter for project development, and at the end of the quarter for final report writing and the symposium. Examples of previous studies include insect attraction to bioluminescent fungi, foraging behavior of nectar-feeding bats and effect of canopy position on epiphyte drying rates.

Total: 16 credits.

Enrollment: 24

Special Expenses: Students should be prepared to finance their own travel, daily living expenses and project needs. For example, complete room and board for ten weeks at La Selva Biological Station is about $1,800. Airfare to Costa Rica is often about $700. Ten days of joint meetings at La Selva Biological Station will be required and should be factored in to your living expenses ($250 or $340, depending on long-term or short-term status at La Selva). There is a $150 study abroad fee payable to Evergreen.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in environmental studies, ecology, conservation biology and evolutionary biology.

This program is also listed under Environmental Studies.

A similar program is expected to be offered in 2009–10.

Program Updates
This program has been cancelled. John Longino will be sponsoring contracts in fields related to rainforest research in the spring of 2008. Please see the description for Individual Studies: Entomology, Biology, Ecology and Environmental Studies.


Reality Check: Indian Images and [Mis]representations


Spring quarter

Faculty: Frances V. Rains, Ph.D. (Native American studies, critical race theory)

Major areas of study include art, history, geography, political science, education, Native American studies and media studies.

Class Standing: Sophomores and above; transfer students welcome

This program will address historic and contemporary images and mis-representations of Indians in a variety of mediums. Indian images from films, photographs, language, mascots, popular culture, and commercial interests will be critically analyzed for meaning, significance, power, representation and issues of authenticity. Colonialism, U.S./Indian history, geo-politics, and economics will be explored through the lenses of Native resistance, Native sovereignty and Native political and economic issues. Essential to this exploration will be an investigation of the dynamics of "self" and "other."

Learning will take place through readings, seminars, lectures, films, and workshops. Students will improve their research skills through document review, observations, and critical analysis. Students will also have opportunities to improve their writing skills through written assignments. Oral speaking skills will be improved through small group and whole class seminar discussions, and through individual final project presentations. Options for the final project will be discussed in the syllabus and in class.

Total: 16 credits.

Enrollment: 25

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in race relations, Native American/U.S history and current events, political science and education.

This program is also listed under Native American and World Indigenous Peoples Studies and Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Updates
This is a new program for Spring quarter 2008



Removing Barriers, Bridging Gaps

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Gilda Sheppard (sociology, media literacy), Tyrus Smith (environmental studies), Artee Young Executive Director (law, literature), Paul McCreary (mathematics), Barbara Laners (law, public policy, history, journalism), Bracey Dangerfield (physiology, nutrition), Peter Bacho (law, public policy, writing, literature), Sharon Katz (psychology), Arlen Speights (computer technology, web design, multimedia), Ming Xia Li (Biology, Public Health, Bioethics, Chinese Cultural Studies, Poetry)

Major areas of study include leadership studies, urban education, scientific and mathematical inquiry, research methodology, interdisciplinary studies and media arts.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: Formal admission to the Tacoma program. Prospective students must attend an intake interview. For information about admission and the application process, call (253) 680-3000.

This year's program is designed to help students discover new understandings of capacity building and the various issues associated with effective leadership. We will focus on individual and community capacity building and the role that humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science, media and technological illiteracies play in informing our understanding of the world around us. A major emphasis of this program will be the examination of internal and external factors that influence one's ability to access, overcome and excel in spite of personal and institutional barriers. The expectation is that students will be able to demonstrate understanding, action and leadership in their areas of interest.

This program takes a holistic approach to capacity building and systemic change at the community level. For example, one area we will address is that of math, science and writing phobia. Communities need citizens who can advocate for their children, parents who can navigate and understand the law and care-givers and teachers who can assist our youth in understanding subject matter presented to them in the classrooms. Evergreen students who anticipate careers in education will be provided with a solid grounding in the humanities, science and math. This grounding will allow them to obtain endorsements for further studies in education and prerequisites for graduate school. Students will also have an opportunity to work with an award winning and nationally recognized after school youth program.

During fall quarter, students will study historical notions of leadership, leadership theories, leadership styles and contemporary views of leaders and followers. Students will also focus on their personal experiences and the world around them in order to understand those internal and external factors that have limited or encouraged them to achieve, to take on leadership roles and in civic engagement. During winter quarter, based upon work done in the fall, students will identify, develop, and explore models of educational leadership that have led to capacity building and systemic change. Students will enhance their knowledge of contemporary leadership theory and work actively toward the application of leadership principles through collaborative research projects.

In spring quarter, students will bridge the gap between theory and practice. To that end, they will utilize a variety of expansive methods, from writing to media, in order to demonstrate and communicate their perceptions and findings to a wider audience. Students will present their collaborative research projects publicly. The information presented will be directed toward benefiting individual and community capacity as well as communicating a wider understanding of their findings to enhance their own lives, the lives of those in their community, and the world that we all share.

Total: 16 credits each quarter.

Enrollment: 225

Internship Possibilities: In spring quarter, with program coordinator and faculty advisor approval.

Special Expenses: Approximately $50 to $100 for media, lab and/or storage supplies.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in community development, organizational development, law and public policy, education, social and human services, public administration, communication and media arts, environmental studies and public health.

A similar program is expected to be offered in 2011–12.


Reservation Based/Community Determined

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Michelle Aguilar-Wells (public administration), Jeff Antonelis-Lapp (education), TBA

Major areas of study include Indigenous culture and knowledge, Native American history, political science, critical thinking, technology and writing.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors only. Students with less than 90 credits are encouraged to participate in the Grays Harbor College bridge program (mramon@ghc. edu).

Prerequisites: Students must have family or professional ties to tribal communities and/or one of the reservation sites: Lower Elwha, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Port Gamble, Quinault or Skokomish. Faculty signature required (see below).

Faculty Signature: New students must submit an essay and an intake interview form signed by a program co-director. No signature is required for students continuing in the program from the previous year. To obtain the intake interview form and make an appointment, contact Michelle Aguilar-Wells at (360) 867-6286 or Jeff Antonelis-Lapp at (360) 867-6286.

The Reservation Based/Community Determined program is a yearly offering designed specifically for place-bound students at reservation sites that include: Lower Elwha, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Port Gamble, Quinault and Skokomish. Students meet each week at their respective sites to build and sustain a learning community on the reservation. In addition, students from all sites meet regularly for Saturday classes at the "House of Welcome," the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, on The Evergreen State College campus. Tribes help to design the curriculum by considering those topics and skills that an educated member of an Indian tribe needs in order to contribute to his/her community. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to participate in seminars, and do participatory research while also studying in their individual academic areas of interest. This years' theme is Cultural Traditions in Transition: The Foundation for Sustainable Tribal Nations. Students will engage in work that allows them to study culture in all of its manifestations from around the world and in Indian communities, specifically their own. The program content will focus on areas of study that include history, anthropology, political science, literature, economics, spirituality and the influence of change on traditions and society.

Total: 12 or 16 credits each quarter.

Enrollment: 75

Internship Possibilities: With faculty approval.

Special Expenses: Travel expenses to The Evergreen State College campus four times each quarter.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in human services, tribal government/administration, cultural studies and education.


Rehearsal and Performance: Theatre


Spring quarter

Faculty: Walter Eugene Grodzik (theater, acting)

Major areas of study include acting, directing, theatrical design, stage management, dramaturgy, costuming, lighting, sound, publicity, theatre history, critical theory, and dramatic literature.

Class Standing: Class Standing: Sophomore and above; transfer students welcome

Faculty Signature: Admission by interviews/auditions. Interviews/auditions will be conducted at the end of winter quarter and at the Academic Fair, March 5, 2008. For more information, contact Walter Eugene Grodzik at 867-6076 before the auditions and academic fair. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Rehearsal and Performance: Theatre will consist exclusively of participating in a faculty-directed stage production of a play chosen by the instructor. The audition, rehearsal, and production work will follow an academic/professional theater model.

The play will be chosen from the realistic or avant-garde theater canon. This will allow us to work with acting and directing techniques that were specifically developed for each type of theater. For example, these techniques could include Stanislavski's Sense Memory, Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture, or Ann Bogart's Viewpoints. Students will experience rigorous training in movement and vocal techniques and will learn to utilize these techniques in the performance of the play.

Participation in the production involves acting in the play, dramaturgical work, assistant directing, stage management, set, costume, lighting and sound design, set and costume construction, publicity, and all the other areas related to a successful play production. Every student will participate in more than one area of the production process. While the production will be directed by the faculty, the process will be an interactive collaboration among all participants.

The program will spend the first seven to eight weeks in rehearsal, and will culminate in a fully mounted site-specific production or a production in the Experimental Theatre.

In addition to rehearsals and production work, the students will examine dramaturgical matters closely related to the production. For example, if the production is a play by a twentieth century avant-garde writer, students will study other plays by the same author, scholarship, and the social, political, economic and cultural environment of the play. This will help us to understand the world of the play, as well as the world of the author.

Total: 16 credits

Enrollment: 25

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in education, theater, the arts and humanities.