MINI COURSES AT ILEAD
Members of ILEAD at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire took a
series of mini-courses this past winter. Following were the selections:
Adapting to Warming Global Temperatures in Cold Regions Environments
This short course featured polar research scientists and engineers
from the Cold Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH who
are currently involved in projects aimed at assessing and mitigating
the impacts of climate change.
Crop Circles of England: Spiritual Messages from Space Aliens,
Meteorological Phenomena, or Hoax?
Crop circles appear from April through September, often in the grain
fields near ancient megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge and Avebury.
In the past 30 years, crop circles have become more elaborate with
geometric designs including spirals and pictograms. Participants explored
the history of crop circles in England and other countries, recent
literature and conferences on the topic, and the possibilities of
how and why they are appearing at this time.
What is it about the 60 Sherlock Holmes stories that gives such enjoyment
and has kept them alive for over a century? Participants had fun reading
and discussing a number of Holmes’ stories, posing and addressing
questions they stimulated.
The First Amendment and the Media
From the John Peter Zenger trial to the Pentagon Papers case, to,
more recently, the incarceration of reporter Judith Miller for refusing
to disclose her sources in the Scooter Libby trail, freedom of the
press has occupied a central place in America law. This course examined
from an historical and contemporary perspective the meaning of “freedom
of the press” and the media more generally in the American constitutional
American Women’s Social History Through Quilting
Early American quilt designs have an historic basis which reveals
the social history of the women who made them. Lectures and slides
illustrated their handiwork as well as the decorative use of antique
fabrics. Their quilts revealed a new chapter in the history of this
Malaria in Lwala, Kenya
Malaria and mosquitoes continue to torment the tropical world. The
natural history, treatments and ongoing research, are all rich with
drama and challenges. Participants studied the fascinating relationship
of blood sucking Anopheles mosquitoes, the malaria parasite, and humans.
The burden of disease in the world and strategies to conquer this
killing illness were reviewed.
Re-Design Your Home for Comfort and Beauty: Peering Through Your
Participants reviewed how comfortable or uncomfortable they are in
their own homes. They also studied whether their homes reflect who
they truly are. They were taught professional design techniques to
free their homes from hum-drum décor and chaotic clutter. They
learned how to evaluate their home’s attributes and trouble
spots. Their “homework” was to develop an action plan
with general guidelines and strategic moves designed to remove distractions
and maximize their home’s potential.