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Idaho Humanities Council institute comes to C of I

July 19, 2012

The College of Idaho is set to host a week-long institute for Idaho schoolteachers entitled “Visionary Landscapes: Willa Cather and the Search for Place in the West.” Supported by the IHC’s Endowment for Humanities Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the institute will offer 34 Idaho teaching fellows the opportunity to explore the novels of classic American author Willa Cather, including My Ántonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop.  The institute runs July 22-27 and includes a series of free public lectures inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Lectures include:

July 22 – “Outside Man’s Jurisdiction:  Willa Cather and Western Inhumanism,” by Occidental College Professor John Swift, 7 p.m.

July 23 – “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico:  The Realization of an American Modernist,” by O’Keeffe expert and former museum curator Barbara Buhler Lynes, 7 p.m.

July 24 –Willa Cather’s Turns,” by Boise State University Professor Scott Yenor, 1:30 p.m.  

July 24 – “My Ántonia Song Cycle,” musical performance by pianist Del Parkinson and soprano Jennifer Black, 7 p.m.

July 26 – “An Encompassing View:  Photographs of Willa Cather’s Southwest Landscape,” by College of Idaho archivist and photographer Jan Boles, 7 p.m.

The Idaho Humanities Council offers summer institutes for Idaho teachers every year exploring different disciplines of the humanities and covering expenses for teachers to attend. Past institutes have explored the presidencies of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, Native American literature, the history of the Cold War, the history of the Supreme Court and many other topics. For more information about the public presentations, contact IHC at (208) 345-5346 or visit

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit