The Environmental Humanities Education Center, located in the remote Centennial Valley on the southern border of Montana, operates during the summer and early fall months and is available for students, faculty and other groups to study, explore and create in a wilderness setting that has been deliberately protected and conserved.
“Our aim is to attract students from many disciplines to the rich landscapes of Utah and the Intermountain West, which provide an ideal base for wide-ranging environmental and humanities study,” says Heidi Camp, assistant dean in the College of Humanities.
The Center is a partnership of the College of Humanities and the non-profit conservation group International Center for Earth Concerns (ICEC). The Valley is a significant landscape at 6,700 feet elevation and comprises 385,000 acres—largely public lands—of intact ecological systems, expansive wetlands, and diverse wildlife with unique concentrations of rare species.
Four programs are scheduled at the Center in 2012, each taking advantage of the rare setting for studies with an in-depth environmental focus:
- Aug. 14 – 19: Eco-Spirituality, with Tom Goldsmith, minister of the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, and George Handley, Brigham Young University professor who has taught humanities, classics, and comparative literature.
- Sept. 12 – 16: Tutored by the Land: A Writing and Photography Workshop, with award-winning Utah writer and photographer Stephen Trimble.
- Sept. 19 – 23: The Centennial Valley Documentary Film Seminar, with Emmy-award winning filmmaker Phil Tuckett, artistic director of the Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, and associate professor of communications at Dixie State College.
- Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Centennial Arts Festival. Visual artists, photographers and people with multi-disciplinary creative talents are invited to gather as the seasons change to display and create artworks inspired by the landscape. Artists-in-Residence Frank and Louisa Carter will share their work and discuss the residency program.
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