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GLACE - Great Lakes Arts, Cultures, and Environments program

May 12 - June 13, 2020

The Department of English has teamed up with American Culture and Anthropology to develop a new spring term humanities program at the Biological Station. It will have courses in cultural geography, place-based epistemology, environmental writing and creative non-fiction, and Native American history in Michigan and the wider Great Lakes region. Faculty member Ingrid Diran is organizing the program.


Natural and Unnatural Histories: The Evolving Networks of Life in the Upper Great Lakes

Course Number: American Culture 311/NATIVEAM 311 (2 credits) (HU)

Instructor: Margaret Noodin (UW-Milwaukee)

Department: American Culture

This course will explore connections between life, land and waterways in Michigan. Through research, observation and storyteling, you will learn the history of the current living landscape which includes mound builders, woodland confederacies, trade routes, nterritories and todays' soverign nations. Using the lens of multiple disciplines including Native American Studies, Ethnography, Ethnobotany, Anthropology and Linguistics we will trace the various ways people have lived with and sustained cultural identity in the region.

Rooted: A Short History of Placemaking

Course Number: ANTHRO 298 (2 credits) (SS)

Instructor: Daegan Miller

Department: Anthropology

This course will be an interdisciplinary and experiential exploration of one question: how do you know where you are? We'll think about what it means to relate to a place, a time, an environment, and to a society. We'll explore maps--the typical cartographic ones, as well as those less traditional: essays, poems, and photographs--and we'll ask what maps reveal, and what they hide. Finally, we'll ask of ourselves, where are we, and what are we doing in Northern Michigan.

Self in Space: Mapping the Personal Essay

Course Number: English 221 (2 credits) (HU)

Instructor: Aisha Sabatini Sloan (UMich)

Department: English

For this creative writing workshop, we will look at nonfiction texts that engage with the idea of place while delineating the ways that regional, cultural, technological, and somatic modes of knowing determine how we locate ourselves. Availing ourselves of multi-media tools, we will study and create hybrid works of prose, telling stories that employ inventive strategies for gathering research about self and space at the south shore of Douglas Lake.

Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere, Nowhere

Course Number: English 320 (2 credits) (HU)

Instructor: Ingrid Diran (UMich)

Department: English

In this course, we take an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the problems of location, dislocation, and imagination, by exploring how we come to define, and find ourselves, somewhere, anywhere, everywhere, or nowhere. Taking as our guide works of literature, history, and philosophy that examine what it means to be situated or disoriented, at the center or on the edge, we'll ask both how to map ourselves in Northern Michigan, and how to map Northern Michigan within ourselves.

Tuition and Fees*

  Michigan Resident Non-Resident
Tuition (spring half term, full-time: 8 cr.)

$3,734 (L)

$4,215 (U)

$12,256 (L)

$13,122 (U)

Registration Fee $82.10 $82.10
Room and Board FREE FREE

*Posted tuition rates are based on U-M Registrar's listing for LSA students. You are should confirm your tuition rate with the official schedule at the Office of the Registrar.