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Williams, Reynolds and Oerlemans Co-Author Book Chapter

Chapter Concerns Interdisciplinary Teaching About Adirondacks

Contact Holly Foster 315-859-4068
Posted March 2, 2010
Tags Adirondacks Biology English Ernest Williams Faculty Interdisciplinary teaching Onno Oerlemans Patrick Reynolds
A book with a chapter coauthored by Hamilton faculty Ernest Williams, Patrick Reynolds and Onno Oerlemans has been published by the University of Iowa Press. The chapter, “Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Adirondacks,” appears in Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest, (edited by Pavel Cenkl, 2010).

Within the chapter are sections written by each of the faculty members. Williams, the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Biology, wrote “Interdisciplinarity in Teaching and Learning about the Adirondacks”; Reynolds, professor of biology and associate dean of faculty, authored the section titled “Teaching Adirondack Science in an Interdisciplinary Context”; and Oerlemans, professor of English, contributed “Literature of the Adirondacks in an Interdisciplinary Context .”

The chapter developed from papers that the three professors presented as part of a panel on interdisciplinary teaching. The panel took place during the 2004 Symposium "Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest," sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

The panel talks and this chapter developed from their teaching of the course Environmental Studies 220, Forever Wild: the Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park. This course was the first of Hamilton's sophomore seminars, and it has remained part of the Hamilton curriculum following the end of the sophomore seminar program. Seven faculty representing five different departments from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities have taught the course, and Williams is teaching a section of the course this semester.

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