American Places Ingathering

We come back together on Tuesday, May 5, at 9:30am in Sem2 A2105. Here are things to know: 

1/ Bring 5 copies of your best, fully drafted paper (25 pages or longer, double-spaced) to this first class meeting. One copy goes to your
seminar leader, the other 3 to members of your reading group, which we’ll set up at this time. Tuesday morning is a real deadline: you must have the paper ready for exchange in order to receive full credit.


Some Notes on Reading Rising From the Plains by John McPhee for Week Six

McPhee is perhaps the most prolific, famous, and best practitioners of creative non-fiction writing. We wanted you to see some of his work that deals explicitly with place, in this case the state of Wyoming. Rising From the Plains is one of five books that he has written that deal with the geography of the United States along Interstate 80 from New Jersey to California.

Books will be removed from the bookstore in a few days!

Just a reminder that any unsold spring quarter books will be sent back to the publisher starting Monday, April 20, so make certain you get them. We are reading The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich week 9, May 26-29. It is NOT at the bookstore. You will need to either order the Erdrich book online or have a local bookstore order it for you. It is available in harcover now, or can be ordered as a paperback starting May 1. Click below to read more!

"Responding to Place": Presentation this Tues, April 14, 4:00, Lecture Hall 1

Invitation from faculty member Susan Aurand: "Artist
Eliabeth Conner is fascinated by the natural and working histories of public
places; she makes art that reveals what she learns about a place through
stories, conversations, and explorations.
has worked on public projects for twenty years, with architects, engineers,

Thinking and Writing About Experience

This project has involved each of you in the act of paying close attention to to the lives and institutions created by other people.  From your journal entries it is obvious that all of you have worked to try to understand how others understand their world, and see themselves within it.  Your understandings have developed from careful observation, from interviews, from casual conversation, from brief chats as well as readings, and documents that support your thinking. Click and read on:

Upcoming Friday Seminars with the Faculty, April 3 & April 17

We've scheduled two optional seminars on readings relevant to field research. On April 3, at Lee Hughes's instigation, we'll discuss Sam's ethnography, The Trial Lawyer's Art, which can be accessed as an e-book from the Evergreen Library website. We've posted the intro under Student Work. On April 17, we'll take up David Foster Wallace's creative non-fiction dissection of tourism in the form of a luxury cruise, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again." Look for it in that week's folder under Student Work. Both meetings will be in the Lab 2 third floor fishbowl at 9:30.

Spring Book List

We have ordered the following books for the last five weeks of spring quarter - we will read them in the order listed. Please note that the bookstore is relocating due to the CAB remodel and will therefore be returning books starting week 4 of spring quarter, which is two weeks before we return to large group classes.

Geronimo in a Cadillac seminar has been changed!

Due to a scheduling conflict, the
optional reading and seminar originally scheduled for this Friday,
March 6, has been changed! The new time will be next week, on Tuesday,
March 10, at 9:30am in Lab I 1007.
The faculty will seminar with each other and any interested students on a chapter from Philip Deloria, Indians in Unexpected Places.
"technology" examines how Indians have been viewed within frameworks of
modernity, change, and persistence. Looking critically at the images

Mid-Project Review

Please write a response to each of the four questions below. This statement will serve as your self-evaluation for winter quarter. It should be at least one page, single-spaced. Title it "Mid-Project Reflection" and post it online sometime during the week of March 9-15 (the 15th at the latest), in your research group folder for that week. Faculty will use it as the basis for your winter eval conference.

1. Findings so far: How have your questions developed and what have you figured out about them?

Student Input on TESC Education in Light of Financial Crisis: Seminar Friday (2/27) or Post on Website

The Academic Deans are asking programs to set aside seminar time to solicit student views about what's most vital to them about their academic experience. We will seminar with everyone who is available and interested in this question on Friday, from 11-noon in Lab2 3270 (the fishbowl). If you can't come, we encourage you to address the question in the General Discussion section, under the topic: "What's Most Important About Your Academic Experience?" Please submit what you have to say by Wed., March 4, and we will pass your responses on. Here is the prompt from the deans:

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