A mountain climber ascends Mt Uto in Roger's Pass. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 11 May 2015.
Adventure, Exploration, & Risk
instructor: Scott Olsen
We all have travel and adventure stories. Whether it's the stories of the road trip in the family car or a trip to some distant part of the planet, we all tell stories about being away from home and sometimes being at risk. We enjoy telling stories about the times we have been out of place. And we have been telling these stories for centuries. This course examines the issues brought to light in travel and adventure narratives. From climbing Everest to sailing the oceans to flying small airplanes, we will talk about conquest, self-discovery, science, and a good bit more. How do our goals (personal, political, etc.) influence how we value what we see and experience? How do we think about the literature of travel and its relation to any kind of accuracy or truth?