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MSU College of Letters and Science offers summer courses to educate and entertain

March 18, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman --A cornucopia of offerings that illuminate historical, cultural and intellectual life in Montana will be offered during Landscapes of the Mind, a series of summer workshops offered by the Montana State University College of Letters and Science and MSU's Burns Telecom Center.

Ranging from the geology of wine to western women writers, from Montana dinosaur finds to volcanoes in Yellowstone, MSU experts will instruct eight Landscapes of the Mind courses that will provide a lively diversion for Montana residents or instructive travelogue for summer visitors.

"These workshops allow anyone to experience the quality of research and instruction offered by the faculty of Letters and Science," said Sara Jayne Steen, dean of the MSU College of Letters and Science. "You get to spend time with world-class professors in a very small group setting."

In its second year, Landscapes of the Mind workshops range in length from one to three days, are open to all and can be taken for credit or no-credit.

For example, Dave Lageson, head of MSU Department of Earth Sciences, will host a one-day workshop July 9 on "Terroir and the Geology of Wine." Terroir is a French term for all the elements of a vineyard site that contribute to the flavor of wine. After a morning of classroom instruction, the course includes a field excursion to study the geology of the Bozeman area and concludes with an afternoon wine tasting.

Other one-day workshops include: "Western Women Writers" (June 4) taught by English professor Susan Kollin; "Shakespeare and Power" (June 25), taught by English professor Sharon Beehler and including a performance of Shakespeare in the Park's "Taming of the Shrew;" and "Railways Under the Big Sky" (July 16) taught by history professor Dale Martin.

Two two-day workshops--"Mining Town Women" and "Law and Order in the Old West"--will explore the mining town history of Montana from different perspectives and will include daylong field excursions to Virginia City, Nevada City, and Bannack. History professor Mary Murphy, winner of the 2003 Montana Book Award, will teach "Mining Town Women."
Jason Clark-Miller, professor of sociology and a specialist in criminology will teach "Law and Order."

"Dinosaur Paleontology at Egg Mountain" (June 24-26), will be taught by Museum of the Rockies researcher Franke Jackson, and includes an overnight trip to Choteau for a hands-on introduction to fossils and geology. "Super Volcanoes of Yellowstone" (July 22-24) features a two-day trip to Yellowstone National Park with geology professor Todd Feeley. Both begin with an orientation on Friday evening and continue with an overnight field excursion on Saturday and Sunday.

Fees range from $95 to $340, depending on the length and travel costs of the course. For more information, visit http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience, or call (406) 994-6683 to request a brochure.

Contact: Sarah Alexander (406) 994-9288, Alexander@montana.edu