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Place-Based Symposium

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Where Place-Based Ideas Come to Life

Teton Science Schools’ annual Place-Based Symposium was originally designed to celebrate the place-based work happening across the organization, bringing together our faculty, staff, AmeriCorps, students and regional community members to share and discuss best practices in local learning and global citizenship.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Place-Based Symposium has evolved into an annual event through which educators and thought leaders from around the world exchange place-based inspired ideas, learnings and aspirations.

Mark your calendars!

We are excited to host this year’s Place-Based Symposium virtually on April 23rd, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. MST

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Meet our keynote speaker, Carolyn Finney, PhD!

Carolyn Finney Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. She is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing – she pursued an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life.

Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal) and a Ph.D. (where she was a Fulbright and a Canon National Science Scholar Fellow). Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting & teaching, she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years.

Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014. Recent publications include Self-Evident: Reflections on the Invisibility of Black Bodies in Environmental Histories (BESIDE Magazine, Montreal Spring 2020), and The Perils of Being Black in Public: We are all Christian Cooper and George Floyd (The Guardian, June 3rd 2020). She is currently working on a performance piece about John Muir (The N Word: Nature Revisited ) and is the new columnist at the Earth Island Journal while doing a two-year residency in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College as the Environmental Studies Professor of Practice.

The Presentations


There are two types of presentations that you’ll have an opportunity to attend at this year’s Symposium: Individual presentations and Pecha Kucha.

Individual Presentations:

Individual presentations are 15 minutes long and will be broken into one of the Symposium’s four annual themes. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend any session they like, regardless of the theme or “track”.

Pecha Kucha:

For the second hour of the Symposium, everyone will join together for a series of Pecha Kucha presentations. Pecha Kucha presentations are 15 slides long with 20 seconds of commentary on each slide (so, roughly five minute presentations). They’re fast and fun!

Have an idea for a presentation?

We are always excited to hear from new and familiar presenters! If you have an idea for a presentation, send us a proposal.

Proposals are due Friday, March 12, 2021. 

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