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Marvelous Terrible Place

Students recall experiences, projects from class on Newfoundland
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - McCormick Lecture Hall

Newfoundland by Elena PiekutEvery two years, College of the Atlantic students travel to Newfoundland as participants in a class known as Marvelous Terrible Place: Human Ecology of Newfoundland. Students who were in Newfoundland and Labrador last June will present their reflections on the province and their projects on Tuesday, October 4 at 4:10 p.m. as part of the college's weekly Human Ecology Forum. The presentation will be in McCormick Lecture Hall.

The class invites students to dive into a multitude of topics surrounding a place that is unique in its ecology and anthropology. Perhaps the course description explains it best: "The remote Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador presents a stunning landscape, an astoundingly rich ecological setting, and a tragic history of poverty amidst an incredible natural resource, the northern cod fishery that was ultimately destroyed."  Students spend a term learning about the province in the classroom, then they head north by northeast, spending two weeks traveling around Newfoundland and Labrador, deepening their understanding of the place and the people.

In the talk, students will present a synopsis their findings from the course and their individual projects. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information about the Marvelous Terrible Place talk to COA's Human Ecology Forum on Tuesday, October 4 at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall, contact John Visvader at or 288-5015.

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