2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Trees and Humans: Ecology, Art and Culture

NEW! Last Updated: 04/16/2008

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Nalini Nadkarni forest ecology, Joe Tougas philosophy

Faculty Signature Required: Spring quarter.

Major areas of study include forest ecology, Native American art, writing, art and philosophy.

Class Standing: This Core program is designed for freshmen.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: Interested students with appropriate background should contact the faculty for consultation.

The stories and fortunes of trees and humans are as intricately connected as the complex branching systems that link tree root to tree crown. The many products and benefits derived from trees and used by humans are diverse. They include ecological, economic, aesthetic and spiritual values. However, humans have not always been mindful of the source of these benefits. We will explore the connections between trees and humans in many cultures and time periods, drawing particularly upon our experiences on campus and in the Pacific Northwest region.

We will gain experience working with wood by creating functional and aesthetic objects in the Evergreen Wood Shop. We will tour studios of local sculptors and boatmakers and have workshops on wood anatomy, tree physiology, and forest ecology. Field trips to the Olympic Peninsula and other locales will expose us to rain forests, clearcuts, Native American art, a sawmill, and the dynamics of logging communities.

Students will do both technical and literary readings and participate in weekly seminars that will result in written essays. Authors of seminar books include Hilary Stewart, Ruth Kirk, Ken Kesey, Italo Calvino, Annie Dillard, Eric Sloane, and Conrad Richter.

Students will integrate these diverse experiences in a personal journal and in essays. Group projects on in-depth aspects of trees on campus will be presented as a formal written paper and as a page on the program website.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 46

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in liberal arts, arts, natural science, writing, anthropology, community development and Native American studies.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 16th, 2008 This is a new program for winter and spring 2009, not printed in the catalog.