The Morven V-Sem: Ten Ways to View a Rural Landscape

This 1-credit seminar will introduce participants in the 2011 Morven Summer Institute to the Morven Research Project, a broadly collaborative, interdisciplinary effort to read the rural landscape from a range of scholarly perspectives while creating a new model of place-based learning at U.Va. Students and faculty from the morning and afternoon classes will meet daily at noon for this common course featuring lectures, film, and discussion. Institute faculty members Scot French (History/Cultural Landscapes), Karolin Moellmann (Architecture), Ben Cohen (Environmental History/Science, Technology, & Society), and Paul Freedman (Politics) will discuss their readings of the landscape and the research agendas driving their Summer 2011 classes. Guest lecturers will include Morven-affiliated faculty -- Bill Sherman (Architecture), Hank Shugart (Environmental Sciences), -- from U.Va. and partnering institutions, as well as representatives from policy and private sector communities. This one-credit common course is required of all students enrolled in the Morven Summer Institute.