Whitman College Semester in the West is an interdisciplinary field program focusing on public lands conservation and rural life in the interior American West. Our objective is to know the West in its many dimensions, including its diverse ecosystems, its social and political communities, and the many ways these ecosystems and communities find expression in regional environmental writing and public policy. Tune in to listen to the Semester in the West students' final podcast project.
Can Advocacy Afford to Give a Senior Citizen Discount?
After full careers in business, when they could have happily retired and not worked another day, Tom Campion and Doug McDaniel opted out. For Tom, the Arctic beckoned as the last truly wild place on earth. For Doug, the river in his backyard couldn't hold fish. Each took the rougher lane at the end of the road: why?
Finding a Voice in Community-Based Activism
Karrie Kahle worked to bring the Paradise Valley together against risky exploratory mines in one of Earth's most beautiful locales. Her coalition of businesses and citizens could be an example of how to best use local organizing to stop multinational corporate power.
Wallowa County's Resource Renaissance
In the 1990's, the timber industry of Wallowa County collapsed overnight. With work programs and collaborative groups, Wallowa Resources has invigorated the county with new life by opening sustainable timber harvest and opportunities for conservation.
The Last of the Winter Keepers
Steve Fuller has spent the winters of his life snowbound in the center of Yellowstone National Park. Why?
Individualism has always stood as an American ideal, but this does little to help one's neighbors. The Navajo Nation retains its ruggedness by banding together en route to an uncertain future.
Grousing over Grouse
Steve and Robin Boies are ranchers working to protect their reputation as stewards of public land, but face illogical public policy and environmentalists seeking one-size-fits-all solutions to nuanced problems.