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------------------------------------------------------------------------ LAROM SUMMER INSTITUTE OF WESTERN AMERICAN STUDIES The Summer Institute in Western American Studies, now in its 23rd year, is an interdisciplinary group of courses designed to explore the relationships among the diverse cultures and histories that have contributed to our understanding of the American West. The extraordinary faculty, participants, and location make the Summer Institute unique. Each year nationally-renowned scholars inspire students to develop new insights into the historical and contemporary issues that have transformed the American West. Participants from across the United States, Canada, and Europe include college professors, museum professionals, school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, and individuals with interests in the art and history of the West. This melding of Institute students, combined with small class sizes, provides ample opportunity for dynamic discussions with participants from other backgrounds and experiences. The interplay - both formal and informal - among instructors and students adds another dimension to the learning adventure. Course content is enhanced by access to the art and artifacts which bring the West of the past into the 21st century classroom: works of art by Catlin, Bierstadt, Remington and Russell in the Whitney Gallery of Western Art; a broad range of materials from the cultures represented in the Plains Indian Museum; a comprehensive assemblage of firearms in the Cody Firearms Museum; the climate, geology, flora and fauna of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the Draper Museum of Natural History; and, of course, objects related to the life of the great Westerner, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. All combine to shed new light on America's national identity and to explore the influence that this vast wilderness had on the American experience. SESSION I, JUNE 2 - 6, 2003 Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell Sarah E. Boehme, Ph.D. DR. SARAH E. BOEHME has served as the John S. Bugas Curator of the Whitney Gallery of Western Art at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, since 1986. In 1998, she co-curated the Museums West exhibition, Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America, and contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue. In the summer of 2000, the exhibition John James Audubon in the West opened at the Historical Center, a project for which Boehme has served as curator and co-author of the exhibition catalogue. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar course will examine the art and lives of the two most celebrated artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Using the extensive collections of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the class will examine works of art by the artists to understand first-hand their artistic accomplishments. Classroom sessions, with additional slides and documentary material, will investigate the West as portrayed by the two artists in their media of painting, sculpting and writing. The artists' depictions of cowboys, Native Americans, and wildlife will be compared within the context of Western history. SESSION II, JUNE 9 - 13, 2003 The Northern Plains: Historical Crossroads Elliott West, Ph.D. DR. ELLIOTT WEST, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, is a specialist in western social and environmental history. He is the author or co-author of six books, including Growing Up with the Country: Childhood on the Far-Western Frontier and The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers and the Rush to Colorado. His books have won several national awards, including (for The Contested Plains) the Parkman Prize for the outstanding book in American history in 1998. He has twice been named his university's outstanding teacher. COURSE DESCRIPTION: On the northern Great Plains (Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas), several threads of western history come together: old patterns of native migration, the mixed influences of European contact and the innovations of indigenous cultures, the transformations of American frontiers and their accompanying tensions, military confrontation and the military defeat of Indian peoples, and the cultural persistence and mingling of all who contributed to this region's history. This course will examine those themes through a twofold approach. It will consider the events familiar to the narrative of western history, and it will also introduce alternate perspectives. SESSION III, JUNE 16 - 20, 2003 Nature and Power in the History of the American West Louis S. Warren, Ph.D. DR. LOUIS WARREN is W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. Born and raised in Idaho and Nevada, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993. He is the author of The Hunter's Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (Yale, 1997), winner of the award for Best Non-Fiction Book for 1997 from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Environmental change is everywhere in American history, but it is seldom easy, and few places better illustrate this than the American West. Down to the present, the American West has seen dramatic transformations in peoples' connections to land. This course will examine changing environments and changing peoples, and the shifting ground between them, from about 1750 to the present. Subjects will include conservation movement; nature and wilderness in American popular culture; national parks and local peoples (especially at Yellowstone, but with comparative material from Glacier, Yosemite, and elsewhere); homesteading, ranching, and the public lands; wolf reintroduction and the environmental movement; tourism and the modern West. Emphasis will be on environmental change, political conflict, and cultural developments. SESSION IV, JUNE 23 - 27 Every Picture Tells A Story: Images of Myth and Memory in the American West Ron McCoy, Ph.D. DR. RON McCOY studies the history and lore of the American West, especially its Indian tribes. The son of Tim McCoy, a Wind River cowboy who starred in a hundred silent and early talkies Westerns, he has written extensively on the communicative powers of such diverse images as Plains Indian warrior drawings, photographs, paintings, and movies. He received the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center-where he has served as a consultant on early Western films-for coauthoring Tim McCoy Remembers the West. The American Association of Museums gave its Award of Distinction to his monograph on the painted shields of Great Plains and Southwestern tribes. Ron is a professor of history at Emporia State University (Kansas), where for nine years he directed that institution's Center for Great Plains Studies. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Long before the people of the American West communicated with written words they used the rich vocabulary of painted words. Plains Indians developed a visual lexicon of images through which they transmitted detailed information about their experience in region. Later arrivals-George Catlin, Frederic Remington, and Charles Russell among them-used the language of Euroamerican artistic traditions to create their own interpretations of the West. Still later, the "shadow makers"-photographers like David F. Barry and William Henry Jackson-brought a new technology into play to convey a sense of the place and its people. Eventually, the pictures that made the myths and memories of the American West available to the public at large moved and flickered in darkened dream palaces. This course explores the role of Plains Indian artifacts and art, Euroamerican painting and photography, and movies in proclaiming and preserving the American West's wonderfully textured tapestry of myths and memories. Limited space is still available for most of the classes. For information and applications, please contact: Lillian Turner Public Progams Education Department BUFFALO BILL HISTORICAL CENTER 720 Sheridan Avenue Cody, Wyoming 82414-3428 email@example.com www.bbhc.org -- H-MUSEUM H-Net Network for Museum Professionals E -Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://www.h-museum.net