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Gateway City As Text Institute: Reading the Local in the New Now (Virtual Exploration)
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Gateway City As Text Institute: Reading the Local in the New Now (Virtual Exploration)

 Export to Your Calendar 7/15/2020 to 7/17/2020
When: July 15-17, 2020
12:00 - 3:00 PM CDT
Where: United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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City-as-Text (CAT) has become a standard part of many honors programs, from “campus as text” orientation sessions to full-semester CAT-based courses. The upcoming academic year brings many uncertainties that may very well impact the traditional ways honors directors and faculty members have implemented CAT on their campuses. Reading the Local in the New Now reimagines CAT in a flexible, hybrid, and even virtual space. Participants will develop their understanding of CAT strategies - Mapping, Observing, Listening, Reflecting - while they design ways to make CAT work regardless of context or setting. A new emphasis on multimedia platforms will be central to the Institute, providing participants with experiences with platforms they may employ in documenting student learning in a variety of contexts.


Member Price Nonmember Price
Registration $75 $150
Deadline to Register July 8, 2020



Tentative Itinerary

July 15 (12:00 – 3:00 PM CDT)

  • Opening - Quick orientation and then walkabout
  • Experience - Debrief of walkabout
  • Assignment - ‘Initial Impressions’ multimedia assignment
  • Looking ahead - Give Day 2 local exploration assignment


July 16 (12:00 – 3:00 PM CDT)

  • Experience - Local exploration focused on sound, tempo, etc.
  • Discussion - Small group sharing of ‘Initial Impressions’ multimedia assignments; full group debrief
  • Assignment - ‘Observation/Turning Point’ multimedia assignment
  • Experience - Optional Day 2 exploration

July 17 (1:00 – 3:00 PM CDT)

  • Discussion - ‘Turning Point’
  • Workshop - Design and workshop a plan for the fall
  • Closing - Casual discussion (optional)








Season Ellison, Bemidji State University

Dr. Season Ellison directs the Honors Program at Bemidji State University in the Minnesota Northwoods. After attending her first faculty institute at Harlaxton Manor in rural England, she’s been sold not only on the place-as-text experience as meaningful for our students but also as a fantastic faculty development opportunity. She is a member of the Place-as-Text committee for NCHC.










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.







Toni Lefton, Colorado School of Mines

Toni Lefton is the Executive Director of the University Honors and Scholars Programs and the Director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs at the Colorado School of Mines. She teaches creative writing, comparative literature, and interdisciplinary honors courses that underscore the social, cultural, environmental, and ethical contexts in which engineers operate. Toni has been exploring CaT from public squares in Boston, to rebirth in Rotterdam, from her own campus and local communities in Colorado, to developing a faculty institute for “Negotiating Belonging: Crossroads and Communities” in Barcelona. When she walks out her front door, she can no longer see what is in front of her without the lens of place-based exploration and reflection. It is an addiction! 








Andrew Martino, Salisbury University

Andrew Martino is Dean of the Honors College at Salisbury University. He is a member of the NCHC Publications Board as well as the Place as Text Committee. He has published in JNCHC, and most recently in HIP.



















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.













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