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Summer Courses Offered at Hartwick's Pine Lake Campus

December 19, 2011

It may be winter now, but summer at Pine Lake is just around the corner. Course offerings for summer 2012 at Hartwick College's Pine Lake Campus include prehistoric gender studies, drawing, natural history, poetry, and fiction writing. Registration for summer courses begins in January. For more information, contact This summer's courses are as follows:

ANTH 350: Women and Gender in Prehistory
June 4- June 29: Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.
Cynthia Klink
This special topics course is an introduction to archaeological research and perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality in past societies.  Basic theoretical issues are addressed first (and throughout the course), such as gender vs. sex, androcentric bias, and how archaeology is used in the present.   We will explore various archaeological methods for engendering past cultures, including burials and human physical remains, art, written documents, artifacts and architecture.  Select cultures (Egypt, Maya, California hunter-gatherers, Moche, etc.) are highlighted at various points throughout the course.  This is a seminar-style course, involving reading, classroom discussion and written assignments.  Occasional videos introduce specific cultures or address select issues. Instructor permission required for enrollment.

 ART 250: Drawing from Nature
June 4-21: Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
June Tyler
Drawing from Nature will develop basic skills in seeing and drawing from subjects found in nature. Students will learn techniques in a variety of drawing media as they develop their abilities to see their subject matter in depth and record it. Students will look at examples of art in this rich historical tradition of drawing from nature, working "en plein aire" and be stimulated by the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Durer, and others.

BIOL 250: Field Natural History
May 30-June 22: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Peter Fauth
Natural history is the study and description of organisms living in natural ecosystems.  Students of natural history (i.e. naturalists), including Charles Darwin, John James Audubon, and E. O. Wilson, are fascinated by biodiversity and strive to learn as much as possible about the organisms that surround them.  By observing species in the field and by reading scientific literature, naturalists learn about the behavior, ecology, distribution, and taxonomy of species in a given region.  The main goal of this course is to encourage your development as a naturalist by inventorying the vascular plants and animals at Robert V. Riddell State Park.  The surveys conducted during the course will follow protocols used by state park biologists and contribute to the management plan for the biodiversity at Robert V. Riddell State Park.

ENGL 250: Haibun: Japanese Nature Poetry
June 4-28: Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m.
Dan Pelletier
This course is a writing workshop that explores haibun from its earliest days as a poetic form of Japanese diary mixed with haiku to modern interpretations of mixed-genre travelogue. Students will read and discuss the travel journals of seventeenth-century poet Matsuo Basho, who was the first to master the form, as well as contemporary works by American poets. We will also be hiking and exploring the Pine Lake campus to inspire our own nature writing. Students will be required to purchase and keep portable travel journals, in which we'll record our observations in haibun form.

ENGL 250:  Transformation: Autobiography into Fiction
June 4-26: Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.  to 2 p.m.
Alice Lichtenstein
"Transformations: Autobiography into Fiction" is an intensive writing and reading course devoted to helping participants transform their autobiographical material into fiction or memoir. Writing students are often overwhelmed by the sheer amount of memory and experience they possess and need to find ways to identify and focus on the truly resonant details of their lives.  During the course, I lead participants through a series of writing exercises that help to uncover significant memories and experiences-the ones that might form the basis of fiction or memoir. Furthermore, I will instruct students in the craft of writing fiction and memoir. I will discuss the importance of using precise details and images to render experience.  We will also study and discuss from a writer's point-of-view some of the masterworks of contemporary autobiography and fiction.  Writers whose works I plan to include: Edwidge Danticat; Mary Karr; Michael Cunningham; Mary McCarthy; and William Maxwell. Throughout the course, participants will work on linked stories and/or personal essays.

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