This summer, Metro State students are broadening their worldviews using the teachings of a 19th-century education movement in IDST 323 Chautauqua: Sense of Place.
Dr. Carol Lacey, associate professor in the College of Individualized Studies (CIS), created this new interdisciplinary course. She modeled it on the spirit of the Chautauqua Institution, an innovative liberal arts program that is more than 140 years old. She incorporated what she learned from attending the Chautauqua Institution summer season in 2016 in southwestern New York
Lacey welcomes students from any major to enroll in the online course. It can be used to satisfy goal 5, goal 10 and upper-division Liberal Studies.
Asked how the class differs from WRIT 532 Writing About Place, Lacey said that her students first consider a personal experience in a place that is specific and significant to them.
Class exercises push students beyond casual observations. They must explore physical, economic, social, cultural and spiritual aspects. They must tackle ecological and environmental challenges, and evaluate the sustainability of their chosen place.Read The Full Article