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Investigate Boise

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“Investigate Boise” is a six-credit place-based field school on heritage, government, and urban affairs. The program includes two week-long three-credit summer classes and a fall publications project. View the Class Video.

Summer 2018

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Investigate Boise 1: Boise’s Urban Landscape

June 4-8
This class will investigate Boise’s urban environment including the politics, policies, and history influencing its shape and design. We will examine water, land, animals, and transportation in Boise, and use on-site visits to make comparisons to nationwide historical trends.
Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Professor of Practice for Urban Studies and History

Crosslists: ENVSTD, HIS, POLS, PPA, SOC, URBAN, ANTHRO, HONORS


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Investigate Boise 2: Going with the Flow: The Boise River

July 9-13
This class will examine multiple aspects of the Boise River. We will look at where our water comes from, where it goes, who uses it, and how this might change in the face of population growth and climate variability.
Dr. Jillian Moroney

Crosslists: ENVSTD, GEOS, HIS, POLS, PPA, SOC, URBAN, ANTHRO, HONORS


Past Sessions

Summer 2017 

Boise Part I: The Green City
Examine the role of the environment in the Treasure Valley focusing on what makes a city green and sustainable, including topics on the region’s environmental history, its culture of urban conservation, and the politics of green development.

Boise Part II: Public Art and Community Development
This class will survey the use of art and design to remake urban space, paying particular attention to the history and politics of equitable development through public art and civic engagement.