The Epitome of the Sublime Preview

So my final for this course is my search for the ultimate scenery that can be described as sublime. As I have stated in other post before, the idea of the sublime is something that I can not help but find interesting. It makes me wonder how we come to decide what is and is not sublime and for what reasons. This of course is something we talked about in class, but I really wanted to explore the concept further.

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National Parks Recognize National Indian Heritage Month

My found article or artifact is a recent tweet I saw by the U.S. National Park Service that reminds us November is National Indian Heritage Month.  For the record, it’s also National Adoption Awareness Month, Prematurity Awareness Month, and National Family Caregivers Awareness Month, but still.

What strikes me about the fact that the National Parks Services has recognized National Indian Heritage Month is that their web page, which is full of information, doesn’t fully make the connection that the legacy of America’s National Parks is intertwined the U.S. Continue reading

Google Doc Table of Final Projects

For the sake of ease, and perhaps in advance of future organization, I started a Google Docs spreadsheet that organizes everyone’s final project. I’ll say more about this in class tonight, but for now, please log in and add to this table.  I’m especially interested in seeing each person come up with a new or refined title and a “thesis” for the project.  By thesis, I mean at least one statement or observation that you plan to make in conjunction with your project.  That is, what do you hope to prove or what claim will you make via your project?

Access the document here!

Alexander Wilson Reading

Afternoon everyone. Thanks again for a great class discussion in class last night. And today, I’m already seeing many wonderful posts on the blog and some lively discussion in the comments section. This is what I always imagined what the course blog could be: a place where people share ideas and extend the learning that is happening in class so others can look along as well. Just use Kelly’s great post on bears in Yellowstone as an example.  It’s already been shared on Facebook 9 times! Yesterday was the busiest day on our blog ever (in terms of hits), and we are on pace to beat that number today.  Keep up the good work.

I’m in the process of finding the text of Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, so I’ll have that posted within the next day or so, but in the meantime, I have decided to make one of our secondary readings, “A View From the Road,” which is the first chapter in Alexander Wilson’s The Culture of Nature, available on 2 hour reserve.  All you need to do to read this is go to the circulation desk in the library and ask the worker to check out the article for the ART 327 class.   Continue reading

Tips on Formulating a Prospectus

Good afternoon everyone. It’s about one week from the midway point in the semester.   Scary, I know. Kelly and I have asked you to begin forming ideas for an end of the semester project that synthesizes some of the major ideas we’ve been talking about this semester.  According to the class syllabus:

The final project should be a significant extension of the ideas of our course. You can develop a scholarly or creative project that synthesizes what we have discovered during the semester.  You can write an essay, produce an oral history, direct a short video or podcast, create illustrations, or do something else.  You can develop your ideas individually or in collaboration with other students.  We will provide guidance to help you articulate a project, but in general, we are placing the responsibility on you to create something interesting, innovative, and relevant.

So what does this look like, and what do we expect when you turn in your topic prospectus this week?  Although nothing is hard and fast, here are some guidelines that may help you out: Continue reading