The Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College (RHI) is a four-day series of interdisciplinary academic, experiential, and instructional field-based workshops scheduled for June 10-14, 2008. Each of the four days of the event will highlight and strengthen connections between scholarship on rural communities in northern New England and field experience with and in working communities throughout the region.
The Institute emphasizes a model of community learning and experiential academics shared by our host venue. Sterling College, located only 30 miles from the Canadian border in the heart of Vermonts Northeast Kingdom, is an ideal place in which to explore the interwoven threads of place, culture, and community heritage.
Featured speakers and partners include:
Willem Lange, author of Where Does the Wild Goose Go? and Intermittent Bliss and VPR commentator
John Miller, photographer and author of Granite and Cedar and Deer Camp
Kent Ryden, Director of the New England and American Studies Program at USM and author of Landscape with Figures: Nature and Culture in New England and Mapping the Invisible Landscape
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, author of more than 20 young reader and picture books, including As Long as There are Mountains, When Spring Comes, and The Canada Geese Quilt.
Leland Kinsey, author of The Immigrant's Contract
John Harris, Director of The Monadnock Institute for Place, Nature, and Culture
The NorthWoods Stewardship Center
The Fairbanks Museum
The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
See program website for other Institute topics
The Institute will highlight field workshops in the surrounding rural agricultural communities as well as a Local Foods Banquet, Regional Music Interlude, and a Building Bridges Open House for thirty local and regional rural heritage, land use, and agricultural organizations.
The Institute is appropriate for a broad range of practitioners, scholars, community members, and under/graduate students, and teachers who are passionate about solidifying the connections between community, academic scholarship, and meaningful work in the field.
Sterling College, in partnership with The Northeast Kingdom School Development Center at Lyndon State College, is offering 2 graduate or undergraduate credits for participation in the Institute.
For more information, see the Institute website, www.sterlingcollege.edu/ruralheritage or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavel Cenkl, Ph.D.
Dean of Academics
16 Sterling Drive
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
802-586-7711 ext. 140
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