Sense of Place (REMOTE)

Course Code
STS 2500
Hannah Rogers

(12/17/21 UPDATE: THIS COURSE WILL BE FULLY REMOTE. THE TRAVEL COMPONENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The rapid increase in new COVID cases due to the highly contagious Omicron variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus along with continued high numbers of cases caused by the Delta variant create an unacceptable level of risk for students and faculty in J-Term travel courses.)

Interested in receiving the STS 2500 credit during the January term? How about spending ten days in the Appalachian mountains? In this experiential course, up to 12 students will have the chance to take this intensive class at the Highlands Biological Station in NC ( from Jan 3-14. All students will stay with proper COVID-10 protocols at the Station's lodging so that we are immersed in the environment together. The course fee which include accommodations and Station access is 600 USD. (FEE WILL BE REFUNDED.)

We will read, write, and have time to explore nearby mountains. The small resort town of Highlands, NC is within walking distance. If you are interested, course details are below. Questions may be sent to the instructor Dr. Hannah Rogers at

The intersection of environmental issues, experiences with the natural world, and creative writing is a fruitful space for thinking about the environment, our effects on it, and its effects on us which produce our sense of place. This class will utilize STS readings and self-guided experiences to introduce students to the environmental issues by reflecting on different perspectives and senses of place.

Students will use the experiences of the class and their own personal histories with the environment to create written works and art-science projects ranging from traditional creative nonfiction essays on the impression a landscape leaves on the viewer to contemporary environmental poetry. The course will introduce a variety of writers and artists, past and present, who have worked on environmental topics and consider the careful observations writers have made about the natural world. Our class will consider what different genres of environmental writing can tell us about the environment and the way society perceives and values the natural world.