The MacKenzie Ward Trust will host the first Lake of the Woods Summer Institute for Advanced Studies near its site in Sioux Narrows, Ontario Canada. The change of venue has occurred as the Trust realized that the sheer beauty and accessibility of the area combined with the possibility of waterborne transportation to and from lectures and classes provides the appropriate milieu for LWSIAS. At the same time, LWSIAS students can spend time on the Lake and visit nearby sites of academic, archaeological and scientific interest.
Lwsias courses will run in May and September 2000. We have chosen these because they coincide with periods in which local accommodation and facilities can most easily be made available in several of the resorts nearby.Students will sign up for courses in the first session that begin on the 12th May [Friday] and end the 31st May [Wednesday]. The second session will run from 11th September [Monday] to the 30th September [Saturday]. There will be 30-40 students a session, who will take an Introductory and a Special Topics course with a maximum of 12 students enrolled per course.
Potential students should be aware that pressure on accommodation is such that the deadlines for LWSIAS are likely to be tight. Since the Lake of the Woods area is uniquely beautiful and the site of many points of interest, students might want to combine their course time with vacation time before or after. It might be a pleasant opportunity for family and/or friends to spend the time vacationing as well.
The Trust is hoping to improve on the range of courses that proved so popular in 1998. Staff members are currently confirming their availability. Some of the introductory materials will be made available on the Website to those who sign up for LWSIAS 2000, once students have paid deposits. This means that courses will be slightly shorter than in previous years.
The Trustís Planning Committee has completed calculations on the cost of tuition, accommodation, and limousine transport from nearby airports at Winnipeg, Kenora, and International Falls [from Minneapolis]. Tuition charges will be sharply reduced from those offered in 1998. Various types of accommodation will be offered, from campsite to full board ĎAmerican Planí with prices to match. At the same time transport costs are likely to be lower, given the time of year and the facilities available at the Ďhubsí in Winnipeg and Minneapolis.
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