From July 15-20, Lawrence University’s Björklunden offers two seminars: “Can Europe’s Center Hold in the Age of Trump?” with Jon Greenwald and Todd Becker and “Our Freshwater Future: The Ecology, Economics, and Politics of the Great Lakes” with Peter Levi and Titus Seilheimer.
“Can Europe’s Center Hold in the Age of Trump?”examines the causes of the continent’s multiple crises, their likely impact on its future and their importance for the U.S. After briefly reviewing how Europeans restructured their political, economic and military systems beginning in the 1950s, the seminar will consider internal challenges to unity and cooperation and outside forces that threaten their security. Participants will assess the implications for Trans-Atlantic political, economic and security ties of Europe’s uncertain relationship with the Trump administration.
“Our Freshwater Future: The Ecology, Economics, and Politics of the Great Lakes” takes participants on an in-depth exploration of the ecology of the Great Lakes through scientific storytelling. From the formation of the lakes millennia ago to the interactions of native and introduced freshwater organisms today, the seminar will then look to the future of water quality and quantity in changing climatic and political times. Participants will fully immerse in the Great Lakes through daily interactive discussions, optional afternoon field trips to an ecological restoration site and/or local fishery, and an evening dinner.
For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates call 920.839.2216, email [email protected] or visit lawrence.edu/s/bjorklunden/bjorkseminars.