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“Narrowland and Sea” with Barbara Brennessel

Open University of Wellfleet

Weekly Event - Every Tuesday: 1:00 PM (EDT)

Wellfleet, MA

“Narrowland and Sea” with  Barbara Brennessel

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“Narrowland and Sea” with  Barbara Brennessel

 Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. at Wellfleet Preservation Hall

October 22-November 19

Building upon the inspiration of some of our greatest nature writers, we will explore the relationship between the lower Cape and the waters that surround it. We will take a virtual trip, beginning with the ancient glaciers that formed our Narrowland and ending in modern times, where the global repercussions of anthropogenic activities are causing changes at the local level. Some of the topics for discussion will be climate change, ocean acidification, the “balance of nature,” the loss of biodiversity, fisheries in crisis, and the future of shellfish and shellfishing. There will be opportunities for field trips that highlight some of the concepts discussed in the course.

Barbara Brennessel, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita from Wheaton College where she taught in the Biology Department for 33 years.  Although trained as a biochemist, she had increasingly become involved in environmental and ecological research on the Outer Cape.  She had authored three books about iconic Wellfleet critters who are in jeopardy: Diamonds in the Marsh: The Natural History of the Diamondback terrapin; Farming on the Flats: The History and Ecology of Shellfish Farming in the Northeast; The Alewives' Tale (the story of River Herring; in Press).

Have questions about “Narrowland and Sea” with Barbara Brennessel? Contact Open University of Wellfleet

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Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 West Main Street
Wellfleet, MA 02667

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Open University of Wellfleet

Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning more about Wellfleet's cultural history.  Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013 with five four-week courses.  All courses have a Wellfleet or Outer Cape connection, with an emphasis on our local history and culture.

These courses are envisioned as directed discussions, otherwise known as collaborative learning. Readings will be assigned, and instructors will offer mini-lectures to spur focused interchanges and facilitate learning. The Spring 2014 Classes will be held once a week for two hours from April 1st through May 8th at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Library or W.H.A.T. Consult course descriptions above for date, time, and place. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants.

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