Grand Canyon Semester
Humans and the Environment: Issues Surrounding the
Natural and Cultural Landscapes of the Southwest
August 22 – Tuesday, December 9, 2014*
The Grand Canyon Semester offers 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 2014 Grand Canyon
Semester’s broad theme is Humans and the Environment, fostering a deep
exploration of how natural and cultural landscapes are intertwined. Using an
interdisciplinary approach, students experience the economic, political,
artistic, ecological, social, and spiritual forces of water, land, time, and
the lives of humans, plants, and animals. Students will explore how Grand
Canyon National Park’s management, policy, and research strive to balance complex
issues including mining, dams, tourism, land development, climate change,
biological diversity and human ecology.
* Dates subject to change
until Fall 2013.
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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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