Open University of Wellfleet is a forum for learning more about Wellfleet’s cultural history. Conceived by retired Brown University professor Rhoda Flaxman, the Open University began in April 2013 with five four-week courses. All courses have a Wellfleet or Outer Cape connection, with an emphasis on our local history and culture.
These courses are envisioned as directed discussions, otherwise known as collaborative learning. Readings will be assigned, and instructors will offer mini-lectures to spur focused interchanges and facilitate learning. The Fall Classes will be held once a week for two hours from October 21 through November 21 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall or the Wellfleet Library. Consult course descriptions below for date, time, and place. Courses will run with a minimum of ten and a maximum of seventeen participants. Tuition is $60.00 per course.
Building upon the inspiration of some of our greatest nature writers, we will explore the relationship between the lower Cape and the waters that surround it. We will take a virtual trip, beginning with the ancient glaciers that formed our Narrowland and ending in modern times, where the global repercussions of anthropogenic activities are causing changes at the local level. Some of the topics for discussion will be climate change, ocean acidification, the “balance of nature,” the loss of biodiversity, fisheries in crisis, and the future of shellfish and shellfishing. There will be opportunities for field trips that highlight some of the concepts discussed in the course.