Second Week Review

Prescott Leopoldians,


Greetings from the Valley, where it’s only 105 this afternoon. I’ll bring Baird up Sunday afternoon, and we hope to see you at the Hassayampa Inn around 6 PM to meet him. If you haven’t been to the Inn, you owe it to yourself to check out the lobby; we’ll be just off the lobby in the outdoor area. The Inn is at Gurley and Marana, or just two blocks east of the Courthouse Square, up the incline. Can’t miss it – big historic hotel.


After Baird’s Monday and Tuesday presentations, we’ll experiment with the groups that Joan helped you arrange earlier today. If those topics work, we can keep the same ones for the final week; if other themes and topics emerge as the discussions progress, we can always shift things around. The important thing is that you focus on an area that will benefit your coursework or research.


Just a reminder about the final week: All day Thursday and Friday until noon, after the final presentations and group work, each of you will be asked to give about a 5- to 10-minute presentation of your project. In addition to a critique from your institute colleagues, both Susan Flader and Scott Sanders will join us to provide feedback. We have about 15 minutes total for each participant. If you want to work on PowerPoint, we can arrange that; the format is up to you. Eventually, we’ll put these plans on the website. For that final Friday evening program, which we will promote statewide to faculty who teach environmental courses, we’d like to ask one of you to represent the group, and provide an overview of your experience. We can work this out later, but keep it in mind.


For now, I know some of you are out celebrating the nation’s birthday, but in the not-too-distant future, if you can respond to Week Two’s evaluation questions, we’d appreciate it. Have a safe 4th, see you Sunday.


1. Did Julianne Warren’s presentations about Leopold’s scientific research help you understand the evolution of his overall land philosophy? If so, what one thing stood out? If not, what might she have done differently?


2. Did Max Oelschlaeger’s guest presentation add to your understanding of Leopold’s land ethic? If so, what will you take away from it? If not, what could he have done differently?


3. Did the field trip to Montezuma Castle and Arcosanti contribute to your appreciation of the environment Leopold stepped into in 1909? What did you think about the presentations by Betsy Brandt and Paolo Soleri?


4. Do you think the exhibit/interpretation exercise might help you teach Leopold? If so, what is most beneficial?


5. Is your course design project getting clearer? If not, what do you need to help narrow down and build your plan?


6. Anything else? In particular, is there something we might change over the next two weeks?