In order to provide a shared curricular instruction in the environmental humanities, CHE offers a yearly graduate methods seminar open to students in all disciplines.

About the Methods Seminar

Typically offered as a weekly evening course each spring, the CHE Methods Seminar is the Center's most important curricular offering. The seminar is a required part of the CHE Certificate, but students in the course do not need to be completing the certificate program to enroll in the course.

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While the course intentionally remains a work-in-progress each time it is taught, it has several core goals:

  • It introduces graduate students from a wide array of departments and programs to different disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods for studying past environmental change and the human cultural contexts within which such change occurs.
  • It explores the disparate forms of evidence that can be used to reconstruct past environmental changes and their human meanings.
  • It strives to build a strong sense of community among graduate students and faculty members at UW-Madison who share an interest in past environmental change by creating a context within which students from different departments and programs can work together while also get to know faculty members associated with CHE.

Methods Seminar 2016

The CHE Methods Seminar will be taught in Spring 2016 by Professor Gregg Mitman as Environmental Studies 900/922. During the spring semester of 2016, as in the past, the seminar will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00 pm in 202 Bradley Memorial. Assignments and readings will be designed to cultivate research skills and methods to help students think about different disciplinary approaches to studying environmental change as it related to human culture across the full sweep of human time. Parts of the class will be devoted to building digital humanities skills, culminating in final projects related to the Mississippi Watershed, the focus of this year's CHE Placed-Based Workshop.