Sunday, April 13, 2014

GEOG 368 Field Seminars in 2014-2015: Oregon & Turkey

The department is happy to report that, in recognition of their high impact on student learning and the central role that field experiences play in a geographic education, the Geography Field Seminar will receive Blugold Commitment Differential Tuition support in 2014-2015.  This support significantly offsets student participation costs and makes them much more accessible to students. It should be noted, however, that international experiences typically cost more than domestic ones.

Wheat fields and Mount Hood, Oregon.
Photo by E. Zeitler.
In the fall semester 2014, the GEOG 368 Field Seminar will be a regional examination of Oregon and its various environments, and will combine the the physical, human-environmental, and human aspects of geography.  Dr. Ezra Zeitler will lead the course and program.  The field component to Oregon is tentatively scheduled to run from 26 September to 5 October.  Thus, students will have the opportunity to prepare for 3-4 weeks before the field experience; upon their return, they will draw on the experience and their findings as they develop and finalize their research projects.  

In Oregon, students will spend time in Portland, Bend, Eugene, Tillamook, Salem, and Astoria traveling between the coast and the interior, visiting the Hood & Columbia Rivers, Crater Lake, Mt. Saint Helens.  They will examine and learn about a wide array of cultural and environmental landscapes -- from indigenous to urban,  agricultural to electrical,  touristic to gentrified, and sandy to igneous.  The comparison to the upper Midwest will be rich.

To learn more, or if you are interested in participating in the Fall 2014 Field Seminar to Oregon, please see Dr. Ezra Zeitler.

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, where the
Bosphorus Strait meets the Marmara Sea.

Photo by P. Kaldjian.
The Spring 2015 GEOG 368 Field Seminar will be an international field experience to Istanbul and its surrounding areas. I will draw on my years of research in the region, relationships with its people and places, and experiences leading UWEC immersion trips to Turkey in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  This will be a slightly different GEOG 368 experience.  We will study and prepare the entire spring semester (2015) for the trip and then travel for 3-4 weeks in May/June, right when the semester is over.  The preparatory semester will include studying rudiments of the Turkish language, learning about Thracian and Anatolian geography, place, culture, history, and daily life, and preparing our research projects.

The field component will be a largely urban experience, and we will spend time examining various elements of the region's physical geography, Istanbul's food systems, rural-to-urban migration, Turkey's various ethnic subgroups, the city and region's long history, intersections with globalization, political-economic change, and ongoing and dynamic human-environment interactions.  We will also travel into Turkey's interior, up to the Black Sea, and into the former Ottoman region of northern Greece.

To learn more, or if you are interested in participating in the Spring/Summer 2015 Field Seminar to Turkey, please see me (Dr. Paul Kaldjian).  Course fees for this program should be estimated by the end of the summer.

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