Carl A. Bimson Humanities Seminar
Colorado State University
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthropology and Laboratory of Human Paleoecology
Learning From the Field
Teaching from the Field:
The Hudson-Meng Site
Living and Learning in the field
The CSU Field School
June 24-29 at the Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed,
Background: Carl A. Bimson attended Colorado A&M in Engineering from 1920 to 1923. He then worked for Mountain State Telephone and Telegraph Company and, in 1933 moved to Phoenix where he eventually became president of Valley National Bank. Although he never graduated from Colorado A&M, Colorado State University awarded an honorary degree in 1994 to Carl Bimson, the man recognized as a banking pioneer and industry leader. A bequest from his estate provides primary funding for the humanities seminars.
The seminars: Mr. Bimson envisioned seminars that would permit primary and secondary school teachers to engage in advanced studies in the humanities with university faculty. A variety of seminars have already been offered, including: Educating Democracy, Themes in Twentieth-Century American Cultural History, Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean: Approaches to Francophone Literature and Culture in the Colorado K-12 Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Ethnicity in Colorado, The Three Gorges Dam Project, and India: Diversity of Cultural Identities. As the topics of these seminars suggest, we have broadly defined humanities to reflect the perspectives of the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the liberal arts tradition.
Summer 2002: The primary goal of this project will be to provide an opportunity for 15 GK-12 teachers to learn about the multidisciplinary aspects of contemporary archeological research by participating in an on-going archaeological research project in northwestern Nebraska. This project is a cooperative program between Colorado State University and the Nebraska National Forest. Archaeology can provide real-world examples to students of how topics they study in school ranging from geometry to genetics; social studies to satellite imagery, or cultural diversity to contemporary ecological issues can be seen as multiple facets of how researchers "learn how to learn." An emphasis will be placed on helping GK-12 teachers aid their students to become adept at asking two fundamental questions:
The second objective of this Bimson Seminar for the research team and interpretive staff at a major public education facility to learn from GK-12 teachers. In collaboration, a series of learning exercises appropriate for a variety of age groups (while focusing on GK-12, well also spend some time talking about how to work with all ages of the interested public) to use archaeology as a tool for learning about a wide variety of topics. Three types of product are expected by the end of the seminar.
An additional layer to the field research training provided for Colorado State University students enrolled in our summer Field Class in Archaeology.
A series of collaboratively developed learning modules that could be used to better accommodate the needs of GK-12 group tours of the Hudson-Meng and Kaplan-Hoover archaeological research and learning facilities.
For those Bimson Participants interested in receiving Colorado State University credit, there are several options available as part of Summer Programs. Contact Dr. Todd (email@example.com) for details.
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