“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).
Open University of Wellfleet
The Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning. Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013. 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 Fall 2014 classes will be held once a week for two hours from October 20 through November 20 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Library, or W.H.A.T. Registration is available via web or phone (508) 349-1800. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants. Tuition is $50.00 per course.