Western State Colorado University in Gunnison will be among the first to host a new ecospheres study workshop developed by the Land Institute
Western State Colorado University in Gunnison will be among the first to host a new ecospheres study workshop developed by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.
The workshop will be offered next June as part of the university’s summer institute.
The ecosphere workshop is designed to help students envision a new model of
agriculture in which humans see themselves as embedded in the natural environment and part of an interdependent web rather than separate from it.
“Enacting the Ecosphere Story,” as the workshop will be titled, will use creative
expression and aesthetic interpretation to create “alternative stories of agriculture” while exploring questions of identity and ethics, project developers said.
The curriculum was formulated back in June when a gathering of around 30 farmers, philosophers and artists convened in Salina. It also includes input from artists at the University of Kansas and the Kansas City Art Institute.