Prep for Fieldtrip to the International District: Museum and Journal

Check out the website for the Wing Luke Asian Museum: 

On the left side of the first inside page, you'll see a link to the New York Times review of the museum on its opening at its new, greatly enlarged location, last spring. Read this piece, and consider the issues it raises about cultural identity and community-based representations.

Major Project Status Update Due Tuesday, Jan. 20

In preparation of the project proposal due date of Friday, January 30 (in just two weeks!), students will hand in a project status update on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at seminar. In this update, you should provide 1.) a topic statement, 2.) your guiding questions as best you can formulate them, and 3.) five (5) annotated sources.

E-mail from an American Places Alum

Thought you might enjoy this letter that we received over the break from Steve Damewood, a student who was in the previous rendition of American Places (2004-5):

First day of Class for Winter quarter

Our first class meeting is this Tuesday, January 6th, at 9:30 in Seminar 2 B3105. Our schedule follows the same from fall, but with different rooms. All Evergreen class schedules can be accessed online at

We will give out the syllabus that morning and go over the readings, schedule, etc.

All the Major Books for Winter Quarter

As it notes on the fall syllabus, the first book of winter quarter will be Rebecca Solnit's Savage Dreams. Please be ready to discuss it at seminar on Tuesday, January 6. Hopefully the following books are at the bookstore by now - we are only reading part of the Selznick book and will let you know the chapters on the first day of class (January 6). There will be supplementary readings available on the class Moodle web site.

Solnit, Rebecca. Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West. University of California Press, 2000.

Week 10 Info

Remember that each day's classes will begin at 9:00 (not 9:30). Please come on time and attend all the panels, in respect for your peers and their work... If you still need a release form for your oral history interviews (these are necessary for the interview to be archived), download the form under Handouts and Assignments... The instructions we handed out yesterday for assembling the portfolio, as well as the lists of panel members, can also be found there. 



Longhouse Holiday Lunch

There will be a holiday lunch for our Native programs, faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, December 18 at noon in the Cedar Room of the Longhouse. The lunch will be hosted in part by a Ford Foundation grant, but if you would like to participate in a gift exchange, feel free to bring something small (like a can of salmon, jar of jam, etc.). PLease RSVP to Longhouse staff by December 8 if you plan on attending: (867-5344) or

Longhouse Holiday Native Arts Fair this Friday

This Friday you may want to spend your lunch break visiting the Holiday Native Arts at the Longouse. There will be vendors and food - a great place for lunch and to pick up some presents. The fair is from 10am-6pm Friday, December 5.


Please bring your journals to seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Faculty will be collecting them and returning them to you on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Short Essay #3 Due Friday, November 21

In "Engendering the West," Morrissey discusses the ways Norm McLean’s A River Runs Through It stays true to traditional gender roles, and thus reinforces American views that the “tough men” and “understanding women” in his stories were part of the “natural order of things” (p.133). She ultimately argues for more studies of the West that challenge these dominant images by presenting various stories that more accurately reflect the diverse social world of the American West (p.143).

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