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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

There's No Place Like Home: An Exploration of Place

Instructor(s): Hope Casto, Education Studies

Why are certain places so familiar and comforting to us? How can certain landscapes, landmarks, sights, sounds and smells evoke powerful memories of place? Using our own experiences of geographic, virtual, and constructed places, we will come to an interdisciplinary perspective on place. In particular, we will learn about place through the lenses of sociology, anthropology, geography, ecology, history, and education. Students will use their transition from home to Skidmore as a way to examine the development of one’s own sense of place. We will see the impact of place on the creative process through studying expressions of place in art and literature, for example through a visit to the Tang Museum on Skidmore’s campus and by reading Charlotte’s Web. We will conclude the course by discussing our relationships with places in connection to the local worlds we create and the globalized world we occupy.

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