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 2019

The CHE Methods Seminar will be taught in Spring 2019 by Larry Nesper as Environmental Studies 922. 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. Guest CHE faculty from multiple disciplines will assign readings and lead parts of the seminar.