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Summer Teachers' Institute 2009: "Sense of Place: Intersecting Geography, History, and Culture"

Posted: March 9, 2009
“A cultural landscape is a geographic area that includes cultural and natural resources associated with an historic event, activity, person, or group of people... Cultural landscapes are works of art, texts and narratives of cultures, and expressions of regional identity.” —Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

How have our changing perceptions of our geographic surroundings led to changes in human society? How do cities and urban spaces reflect the societies that build them? How do those spaces in turn serve as vehicles for creativity, production, and social change? How is the character of a place related to its political, economic, social, and cultural characteristics?

The fields we farm, the cities we build, the spaces we preserve, the borders we protect—within each set of choices we make, we reveal our perceptions of and relationship with the land that surrounds us. By studying the connections between natural
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