Magnolias Curriculum Project

Sharing Perspectives across Disciplines

2015-03-24T15:33:06-04:00May 20th, 2014|Categories: Academics, Events, Get Involved - Faculty, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|

Eleven faculty members from across the disciplinary spectrum came together on May 13-14, 2014 for the 3rd annual Magnolias Curriculum Project. This year’s workshop was co-facilitated by communications professor Ron Von Burg, an alumnus of last year’s cohort, and Dedee DeLongpré Johnston, the university’s director of sustainability. The aims of the workshop are to build a [...]

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Sustainability through Place Values

2015-03-24T15:51:00-04:00December 7th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Culture, Get Involved - Faculty, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|Tags: , |

Photo credit: Ken Bennett Students in my fall 2013 Literature and the Environment seminar (ENG 341G) spent the semester exploring different sites of belonging through world literature. Their course work carried them through critical discussions on the anthropocene, bioregionalism, deep ecology, ecotones and general systems theory. In their final class unit, they targeted their [...]

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Perspective on Religion and Ecology

2015-03-24T15:50:19-04:00November 4th, 2013|Categories: Academics, CEES, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|Tags: , |

Photo credit: Ken Bennett As a chemistry major with an environmental studies minor, I enjoy the chances I get to take classes that depart from the sciences. I have developed a great fondness for a course I am currently taking – Religion and Ecology, with Dr. Lucas Johnston. It has made me look beyond [...]

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Community of Scholars Grows

2015-03-24T15:41:44-04:00September 30th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Conference, Get Involved - Faculty, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|Tags: , |

Eleven faculty members from across the disciplinary spectrum came together on May 15-16, 2013 for the 2nd annual Magnolias Curriculum Project. This year’s workshop was facilitated by alumni from last year’s inaugural project: Sarah Mason (mathematics) and Luke Johnston (religion). The aims of the workshop are to build a transdisciplinary community of scholars committed to addressing [...]

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Writing 111: Thinking Like a Mountain

2015-03-24T15:41:28-04:00September 27th, 2013|Categories: Academics, Get Involved - Faculty, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|Tags: |

A few years ago I happened upon an intriguing article written about an indigenous tribe nestled deep in the amazon forest. Some members of this tribe, as far as researchers can gather, have never had any substantial, meaningful contact with the modern world. Observed only from a distance, the Awa know nothing of the cultural and [...]

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Measuring Climate Change

2015-03-24T15:34:58-04:00March 14th, 2013|Categories: Academics, CEES, Energy Conservation and Climate Change, Events, Home Stories, Magnolias Curriculum Project|Tags: , |

On March 6th, assistant professor of mathematics, Dr. Rob Erhardt, addressed a full room of eager listeners on the topic of global climate disruption.  His talk, sponsored by the Math Club and titled Measuring Climate Change, drew a crowd from across campus, including Dr. Erhardt’s fellow Mathematics faculty, students, and staff members from the Office of [...]

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