Semester in the West

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Whitman College Semester in the West is an interdisciplinary field program focusing on public lands conservation and rural life in the interior American West.  Our objective is to know the West in its many dimensions, including its diverse ecosystems, its social and political communities, and the many ways these ecosystems and communities find expression in regional environmental writing and public policy.  The program is scheduled for fall semester every other year in even years.  The 2014 program begins on Thursday, August 28th!  

You can keep track of our travel and adventures throughout the semester on our Tumblr Blog at semesterinthewest.tumblr.com, follow our "Photo of the Day" on Instagram at instagram.com/semesterinthewest, and "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/semesterinthewest.  We'll post more about the 2014 program once we begin!

You can also check out the final projects from the 2012 program.  Go to soundcloud.com/semester-in-the-west to listen to our podcasts, and go to vimeo.com/semesterinthewest to watch our videos and final "epiphanies." You can watch "The Arena" by clicking here, a 2012 final project edited from our Canyonlands footage by Sam Hinkle, Cathryn Klusmeier, and Chase Martin. Learn more about all of our 2012 Canyonlands media projects here.  

The Arena