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April 20, 2009
Source: Piedmont 2005

Santos-Olmstead, Ana
Spanish and Portuguese Department

2005

Project Summary

I decided to participate in the Piedmont project with the hope that I would receive relevant information regarding environmental issues that could give me a better idea of how to structure the syllabus for my proposed course on the Amazonian Rain Forest. However, I gained much more than that. During the two-day workshop I learned more about the university in which I work and about the place where I live than in the five years I have been at Emory. I thoroughly enjoyed the short walks in the woods and the chance to learn a little about the natural surroundings. I also found it particularly rewarding and enriching being able to work and interact socially with people from different disciplines and backgrounds. Finally, I am grateful for the fact that I now have created a network of contacts that is going to be very helpful when planning for guest speakers to give talks in subjects of their expertise related to my course.

I was also able to envision my own project more comprehensively, and the syllabus I have put together reflects the different ideas, teaching practices and the various types of knowledge to which I was exposed during the workshop. My goal is to teach about the Brazilian Rain Forest to students who know very little about it, and hence the idea of creating a Freshman Seminar in order to approach students at a time when they have great opportunities to become acquainted with so many things that are brand new to them. My syllabus now incorporates the multidisciplinary nature of the ways environmental issues can be presented to students, and I am hopeful this will make a difference in the way they perceive themselves in the world.


Course Syllabus attached.




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