Journey to the Midnight Sun: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Aug
2
to Aug 14

Journey to the Midnight Sun: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Costs: ~$2790 for inclusive travel/lodging + ~$470/credit hour tuition (2017 costs are approximate, based on 2016 expenses and estimated increases, and subject to change).

Remoteness, majesty, wildness. An expedition like no other. The wildest of wild. The northernmost of northern. With Dr. Leon Chartrand as your wilderness guide, this excursion is unlike any offered among the Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It is unique because it includes 6 credits towards CORE humanities and General Science electives and, therefore, applies to almost every undergraduate major. It is unique because these kinds of trips are usually reserved for research intensive graduate level programs in geology, ecology, climatology, and biology. Imagine arriving at a Native Alaskan town and taking an air shuttle into the backcountry of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is an experience of a lifetime.  Six days and nights with Xavier professors at a basecamp with a different excursion each day. On this trip, students will gain unparalleled lessons about the human-earth relation.  And there will be plenty of time to reflect and journal write on this experience, as the only people we will see are each other.

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Alaska's Lessons for an Ecozoic Era: Wrangell-St. Elias Preserve
Jul
21
to Aug 1

Alaska's Lessons for an Ecozoic Era: Wrangell-St. Elias Preserve

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Costs: ~$2690 for inclusive travel/lodging + ~$470/credit hour tuition (2017 costs are approximate, based on 2016 expenses and estimated increases, and subject to change).

Remoteness, majesty, wildness. An expedition like no other. With Dr. Leon Chartrand as your wilderness guide, this excursion is unlike any offered among the Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It is unique because it includes 6 credits towards the CORE and general humanities and, therefore, is available to all undergraduate students. It is unique because these kinds of trips are usually reserved for research intensive graduate level programs in geology, ecology, climatology, and biology. Imagine arriving at a Native Alaskan town and taking an air shuttle into the backcountry of Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve. Spanning over 13 million acres (6 Yellowstones), W-StE is the NPS's largest managed lands. Nothing more need be said. Six days and nights with two Xavier professors and professional wilderness guides at a basecamp with a different excursion each day. On this trip, students will gain unparalleled lessons about the human-earth-divine relation.  And there will be plenty of time to reflect and journal write on this experience, as the only people we will see are fellow students, guides and professors.

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Our Sacred Earth: Yellowstone II
Jun
23
to Jul 1

Our Sacred Earth: Yellowstone II

  • Grand Teton National Park' (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Costs: ~$1975 for inclusive travel/lodging + ~$470/credit hour tuition (2017 costs are approximate. Estimates based on 2010-2016 increases/year and are subject to change).

One of the first expeditions, and still a favorite among students. We are offering two sessions for 2017. This 6 credit-hour expedition (a 3 graduate-level credit option is also available) takes us to remote places in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. We explore wildness firsthand by venturing off trail to discover how Earth influences our intellectual perceptions and our religious imagination. We drink from ice cold streams, go bear-tracking in the Teton and Beartooth-Absaroka wildernesses, venture on wolf howls in the Washakie Wilderness and hold evening storytelling by campfires on a Gros Ventre Wilderness mountain-top under an awe-inspiring Wyoming night sky with views of the Grand Teton at sunset. Limit 18

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Our Sacred Earth: Yellowstone I
Jun
12
to Jun 21

Our Sacred Earth: Yellowstone I

  • Grand Teton National Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Costs: ~$1975 for inclusive travel/lodging + ~$470/credit hour tuition (2017 costs are approximate. Estimates are based on increases/year from 2010-2016 and subject to change).

One of the first expeditions, and still a favorite among students. We are offering two sessions for 2017. This 6 credit-hour expedition (a 3 graduate-level credit option is also available) takes us to remote places in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. We explore wildness firsthand by venturing off trail to discover how Earth influences our intellectual perceptions and our religious imagination. We drink from ice cold streams, go bear-tracking in the Teton and Beartooth-Absaroka wildernesses, venture on wolf howls in the Washakie Wilderness and hold evening storytelling by campfires on a Gros Ventre Wilderness mountain-top under an awe-inspiring Wyoming night sky with views of the Grand Teton at sunset. Limit 18

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Wilderness, Imagination, Story: Yellowstone
Jun
2
to Jun 11

Wilderness, Imagination, Story: Yellowstone

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Costs: `$1975 for inclusive travel/lodging + ~$470/credit hour tuition (2017 costs are approximate. Estimates are based on increases/year from 2010-2016 and subject to change).

This 6 credit-hour expedition (a 3 graduate-level credit option is also available) takes us to remote places in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. We explore wildness firsthand and place ourselves in remote places to reflect and journal upon how the landscape shapes intellectual perceptions and moral imagination. We drink from ice cold streams, go bear-tracking in the Teton and Beartooth-Absaroka wildernesses, venture on wolf howls in the Washakie Wilderness and hold evening storytelling by campfires on a Gros Ventre Wilderness mountain-top under an awe-inspiring Wyoming night sky with views of the Grand Teton at sunset. As a complement to the "Our Sacred Earth" series, which include THEO 388 and PHIL 220 for CORE CREDIT, this expedition includes THEO 332 and ENGL 205 for CORE CREDIT. This also allows students who attended one of the "Our Sacred Earth" series in a previous year to possibly attend another expedition this year. Limit 18

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House of Dawn: Grand Canyon and Navajo Nation
Mar
4
to Mar 11

House of Dawn: Grand Canyon and Navajo Nation

  • Grand Canyon National Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Costs: ~$1990 Total Program Fee (for full-time students cost estimate based on 2016 fee) 

This 3 credit-hour First-Year seminar expedition begins with 6 one-hour sessions to introduce students to Navajo lifeway, to the Navajo Nation and Grand Canyon landscapes, and to the early years of the human story in this region. We then Immerse students in the past by venturing into the Grand Canyon. We go further back into creation among the monoliths of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park while sitting beside a campfire beneath the Southwest's night sky. We discover an indigenous concept of water owning us in the Painted Desert and walk in the steps of the Ancient Ones at Canyon de Chelly. We awaken to Earth as our primary reality. And, most importantly, with the help of Navajo guides, we gain a glimpse "the way". We then conclude this expedition with 2 one-hour class meetings. Limit 14.  

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