CC Professors Awarded ACM-Mellon Grant

Next summer, the ACM-Mellon Seminar in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (“SAIL”) will be run by CC professors Jonathan Lee and Howard Drossman, along with their collaborator from St. Olaf, Donna McMillan.  The seminar, titled “Contested Spaces: Exploring Multiple Perspectives on Land Stewardship in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado,” will take place from June 20-30, 2014 at the Catamount Mountain Campus in Woodland Park.

The annual SAIL seminar is funded by the Mellon Foundation to bring ACM* faculty together to explore cross-disciplinary topics. Faculty from the ACM’s 14 institutions may submit proposals to host the seminar.  The “Contested Spaces” seminar next summer “provides opportunities for participants to explore together how integrating multiple disciplinary perspectives on current issues of land stewardship in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado can help to develop skills in reflective judgment.” Participants in the seminar will be from a wide variety of disciplines and “will engage in a series of learning expeditions designed to highlight some of the contested spaces that frame environmental problems.”

I’m excited to see what happens with this project next summer. Congratulations Jonathan and Howard!


*The Associate Colleges of the Midwest is a consortium of independent liberal arts colleges. In addition to CC, the members are: Beloit, Carleton, Coe, Cornell, Grinnell, Knox, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Luther, Macalester, Monmouth, Ripon and St. Olaf.

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