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Schulte to Offer National Science Foundation Chautaugua Course


April 11, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Dr. Priscilla Schulte has been invited to teach a course as part of the 2005 National Chautaugua Short Course Program. The program is geared towards college teachers around the nation and is part of the Faculty Development Program of the University of Pittsburgh, Council of Chautauqua Field Centers which is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education.

Dr. Schulte will teach Alaska Native Cultures of Southeast Alaska May 23 - 26. The course focuses on a study of the archaeology and ethnography of Southern Southeast Alaska. Participants will learn about the culture and social organization of the three major Alaska Native groups of this area; the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The course will include discussions on how the Alaska Native people adapted to this area and utilized the local resources for food, clothing, shelter and the arts. Native Cultural Teachers will also present hands-on teaching activities.

Included during the course is a day trip to Metlakatla, hands-on preparation of local plant resources for traditional uses, and field trips to totem pole parks, clan houses and museums.

In addition, Dr. Schulte will offer this course as an Education 593 class for any local area teachers who would like to take it at the same time it being taught for Chautauqua.

Chautauqua Short Courses are an annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate college teachers of science. The series is held at colleges and universities throughout the United States as well as at selected special sites. These forums provide an opportunity for invited scholars to communicate new knowledge, concepts, and techniques directly to college teachers in ways which are immediately beneficial to their teaching. The primary aim is to enable undergraduate teachers in the sciences to keep their teaching current with respect to both content and pedagogy. From year to year, there is an attempt to rotate courses among different regions of the country.

The annual series is conducted by The University of Pittsburgh, the Council of Chautauqua Field Center Directors and the Regional Centers; supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense" In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

For more information about or registration for this course, contact Professor Priscilla Schulte at 228-4545.


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