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Faculty Institute: Cultures and Communities in Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Islands
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Faculty Institute: Cultures and Communities in Portland, Maine and the Casco Bay Islands

Participants will engage in direct observation, mapping exercises, writing assignments, interviews and discussions. The Institute will culminate with a workshop on adaptations of City-as-Text methodology to participants’ home campuses, to academic service learning immersion projects, and to residential travel programs. Both the structure and content of this institute apply remarkably well to travel sites of all kinds; we will explore and compare these possibilities together.

 Export to Your Calendar 6/10/2020 to 6/14/2020
When: June 10-14, 2020
Where: Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront
209 Fore Street
Portland, Maine  04101
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

Online registration is available until: 3/15/2020
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The Casco Bay Islands are linked to the historic city of Portland, Maine, by a 150-year-old ferry system. This unique relationship leads to patterns of connection, isolation, community, and diversity in a geographically small and water-bound area. This Faculty Institute will use City-as-TextTM strategies to explore the character and culture of the Casco Bay Islands, Portland, and the ferries that function as conduits between these diverse locales. Particular attention will be paid to who lives and works in these communities. The unexpected complexity of Portland – home to millennials and retirees as well as refugees from Syria, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo – will provide for rich experiences for all. Through exploration, observation, and conversation, Institute participants will uncover, interpret, and analyze topics that are pertinent to disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

The Cultures and Communities Institute is designed for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs. Alumni of earlier NCHC Institutes have used City-as-TextTM pedagogy in disciplines ranging from the arts and social sciences to math and science. Ideal as integrative learning modalities, these experiential strategies include reflective practices and writing assignments that can be adapted for use in student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of this Institute.


Member Price Nonmember Price
Registration $875 $1750
 Deadline to Register   March 15, 2020 



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Participants should arrive in Portland, Maine, in time for a 2 p.m. start to the Institute on Wednesday June 10.


Wednesday, June 10

Introductions and initial walkabout; debriefing seminar followed by opening reception. Writing time in the evening and dinner in small groups.


Thursday, June 11

Brief meeting to discuss initial writings and to organize travel routes. All-day explorations of Portland neighborhoods. Afternoon seminar on readings and site-specific observations. Dinner in small groups followed by writing time.


Friday, June 12

All-day explorations of the Casco Bay Islands, including Peaks Island, Long Island, and Little Diamond and Great Diamond Islands. Preparation of Turning Point essays.

Saturday, June 13

Daylong Workshop. Analysis and discussion of group observations and individual Turning Point essays will be followed by a workshop on City-as-Text™ pedagogy application to participants’ home campus. The Institute will wrap up with a closing dinner.


Sunday, June 14






Portland is accessible by plane or car. Transportation from Portland Airport to the hotel is available by cab or Uber/Lyft. Participants can expect to do considerable walking during the Institute. Some public transportation, including ferries, will also be part of the excursions. Such incidental costs are the responsibility of the participants.


Participants will be housed at

Hampton Inn Portland Downtown - Waterfront

209 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101


Please click here to book your room for this institute

If you wish to share a room with a fellow participant, the facilitators will assist. To make reservations, phone 1 (207) 775-1454; please identify yourself as part of the City as Text/honors group.





Institute Facilitators



Sara Quay, Endicott College

Sara Quay is the Director of the Endicott Scholars Program at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She is co-chair of the NCHC Place-as-Text Committee and has designed and led faculty institutes around the globe, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands to Albuquerque, New Mexico.











Salvatore Musumeci, Catawba College

Salvatore Musumeci is an Associate Professor of History and Classics at Catawba College.    In addition to serving as Chair of the History Department, he also serves as both the  Associate Director of the College Honors Program and Catawba’s Fulbright Advisor. A Connecticut native and die-hard Hartford Whaler and Jimmy Buffett fan, he is a first-generation Italian-American, and the first in his family to attend college. Salvatore participated in both the 2014 City as Text Faculty Institute in Albuquerque, NM and the 2016 City as Text Master Class in Seattle, WA. He has served on the Place as Text Committee since 2015, and is actively involved in planning and facilitating future City as Text Faculty Institutes and Master Classes. He has also served on the Awards and Grants Committee since 2014.





Amaris Ketcham, The University of New Mexico

Amaris Feland Ketcham joined the Place as Text Committee in 2019, after participating in the Barcelona Faculty Institute. As a place-based writer, Amaris occupies her time with open space, white space, CMYK, flash nonfiction, long trails, f-stops, line breaks, and several Adobe programs running simultaneously. She has painted murals throughout Albuquerque, acted in a radio drama about the Badlands National Park, and taken students on multi-week camping trips along the Lewis and Clark Trail. In the spring of 2020, she is teaching a Place as Text course that explores the relationship between place and creativity.









All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM CST by the dates listed below. Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Written requests for refunds will be processed as follows:


Received by February 14:                  Full refund, less a $350 per person administrative fee

Received on or after February 15:     No Refunds





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