Please check back for more details regarding Environmental Ethics Institutes in the future.
The Environmental Ethics Institute (EEI) allows a rich and exuberant discussion about environmental ethics between individuals from different backgrounds and with different experiences. Previous students have highly enjoyed this aspect of the course, along with the deep philosophical conversations, levity and fellowship that these courses are uniquely suited to offer.
In addition, the course is set on the beautiful campus of The University of Montana in Missoula, MT, and EEI events are held throughout the surrounding area.
Western Montana is renowned for the numerous outdoor activities it supports, including hiking, fishing, camping, and rafting. Glacier National Park is within easy driving distance, as are several wilderness areas. The EEI offers not only a chance to study and discuss environmental ethics and issues but also an opportunity to explore one of the most scenic and wild places left in the United States. Previous students have expanded their time in Missoula to include day trips around the area, and others have simply incorporated the course into their annual summer vacations. Even if you simply come for the duration of the course, the evenings and weekends can easily accommodate brief adventures into the beautiful Montana wilderness.
Finally, because of the small size and intimate nature of the class, the EEI course offers an incredible opportunity to interact directly with nationally renown professors and speakers-- both during the course and as a part of the evening lectures. Andrew Light has taught EEI courses since the Institute's first year (2006). In 2009 Light co-taught the EEI with Christopher Preston, who is a fellow of the Ethics and Public Affairs Program and a popular professor in Philosophy at The University of Montana.
If you plan on flying into Missoula, we recommend that you book your flight as early as possible. In addition to using the local airport -- Missoula International Airport (MSO) -- visitors sometimes choose to fly into Spokane, WA, and drive to Missoula.
The course meetings will occur on the campus of The University of Montana, and there are a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts within easy walking distance, including the Holiday Inn Express, the Doubletree Hotel Missoula/Edgewater, and Blossom's Bed and Breakfast.
Note that the Ethics and Public Affairs Program does not directly arrange housing on campus, but will assist however possible. If you contact Residence Life, be sure to inform them that you are with the Ethics and Public Affairs Program - Environmental Ethics Institute. Again, we suggest that you make your arrangements early to ensure availablity.
Missoula and western Montana are beautiful, particularly in the summer months. A number of national parks and wilderness recreation areas are within easy driving distance; if you enjoy outdoor recreation, you may be interested in spending some extra time in Montana. If you're thinking of doing so, the Missoula Convention and Visitors Bureau and Missoula.com magazine may interest you.
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