Grand Canyon Semester
though I grew up in the Southwest and
have always been passionate about the area, GCS helped me solidify that passion
and understand how valuable the area's natural resources are and how applicable
and interconnected they are. Being immersed in the landscape provides a
resonating, inspiring connection that can never be replicated in a classroom. – Maddie, GCS
2012 from Flagstaff, Arizona
Climate Adaptation: Issues Surrounding the
Natural and Cultural Landscapes of the Southwest
The 2016 Grand Canyon Semester investigates the landscape, cultures, and politics of the greater Grand Canyon region, offering a life-changing
learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep
canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Students with a wide variety of
interests and passions come from across the United States and around the world
to join faculty in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities
to investigate how humans impact, manage, interact with, and value the natural
world. On backcountry field trips, in classrooms and art galleries, around
campfires, in traditional hogans, and exploring the Colorado River through the
Grand Canyon, we confront key environmental and social challenges in these diverse
natural and cultural landscapes.
The Grand Canyon Semester’s broad theme is climate adaptation, fostering a deep exploration of the intertwined issues that surround how natural and cultural worlds adapt to a changing climate. Using interdisciplinary
approaches, students experience the economic, political, artistic, ecological, social, and spiritual forces that shape the greater Grand Canyon region.
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The GCS offers a life-changing learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.
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