Stress and Resilience ~ People and Places

Helena Meyer-Knapp (email)
Tel. 867 6549
(meyerknh [at] evergreen edu) 
 Karen Hogan (email)
Tel. 867 5078
(hogank [at] evergreen edu)
C-1105 Seminar II Wednesdays 6 pm - 9:50 pm Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm 30 Sept, 14 & 28 Oct, 11 Nov, 2 Dec









This program is engaged in a broadly based study of ways that ecological and social communities build the resilience to survive well in stressful conditions. Many of us will already have a vivid sense of ecological and social stress. We will examine adaptiveness, ethics and diversity; we will study the reciprocal interaction of human powers and natural forces and we will study both recovery from past damage and predictions of future stress. We will assist students to develop competencies in the disciplines of environmental and social studies, in crisis management and the physiology/psychology/ecology of trauma, and we will engage in field studies as well as classroom-based learning.

We assume that students understand that they are responsible for their learning and will therefore aim high and set personal standards that stretch their intellectual, physical and expressive potential. Listed below are the minimal standards for credit in the program.

All students and faculty in this program will:

  • Take active responsibility for our actions and learning;
  • Abide by the principles of the social contract, student conduct code and faculty code;
  • Submit final self and faculty evaluations in a timely manner;
  • Follow through on commitments made to others in team-work situations;
  • Participate in discussions and class activities;
  • Reflect on the learning through writing and dialogue; and
  • Resolve conflict in a direct and timely manner.

The minimum bases for awarding credit in this program are:

  • Prompt submission of all assignments;
  • Full and regular attendance at all program activities;
  • Attendance at an evaluation conference; and
  • Completion of a self evaluation for the transcript, and a faculty evaluation.

Credit equivalencies will likely include environmental studies, social systems, disaster and adaptation, and the appropriate credit from the research project.