Our mission is to prepare students for a wide range of challenging academic, personal, and professional goals by teaching them to read attentively and critically and to convey complex ideas persuasively and creatively. Our students develop social and cultural awareness, curiosity, and the love of language by deepening their understanding of diverse literary works and the craft of writing. What is more, the department believes the education we provide cultivates in our students the habits of mind and spirit that enable and encourage productive, fulfilling lives.
What binds the multiple aspects of the Albion College English department together is a love of reading and writing sharpened by a firm commitment to the value and diversity of human experiences, voices, and literatures. Our students become attentive to details, to connections, to relationships. They grow accustomed to the rigor and difficulty of thinking and writing their way through complex problems shaped and solved by language. We believe that this combination of passion and commitment will enable the next generation of leaders and citizens not only to succeed in the world but to shape it.
The 2013 CSE trip was to New Mexico, where we investigated several themes, water management in a water-poor area, administration of public park land, effects of climate change on civilizations, and, intertwined throughout, the way the history of the many cultures in the region shape the present state of affairs.
Rio Grande and Water
Early in the trip. We spent a morning with Albion Geology Field camp alumna Page Pegram, now with the Office of the State Engineer’s Interstate Water commission. Page met us in the bosque along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque and explained some of the complexities of complying with interstate water agreements, protecting endangered species and conserving as much water as possible for New Mexico residents.
Native American History and Cultures
Our look at the long and important history of Native Americans began with a visit to the Chaco Culture National Historic Park, arguably the most fabulous archeological site in North America and also one of the most enigmatic. Real questions persist, with discussion of both how the civilization flourished in such a demanding environment and why the area was ultimately abandoned. The relationships among people, culture and climate are central to this discussion. We also visited Bandelier National Monument where more recent Pueblo cliff dwellings are well preserved, and Sky City at Acoma Pueblo, where modern descendants of the Chacoans still live in the longest continuously inhabited community in the country. Finally, we visited the Four Corners Power Plant, one of the most polluting plants in the nation, and considered the complex relationship between the plant and the Navajo Nation, in which it is located.
Join Albion College at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. for a program planned for high school students and their families.
You will get an insider's perspective about what it takes to succeed as a pre-med student in college and get into the medical school of your choice. Plus, metro Detroit area physicians representing a range of specialties will offer tips on how to become a top candidate for medical school admission, and will answer your questions.
Beaumont Hospital Administration Building Auditorium 3711 W. Thirteen Mile Road Royal Oak, MI 48073
The Beaumont Administration Building is located on Administration Drive within Beaumont Hospital's Royal Oak campus at 3711 W. Thirteen Mile Road. The Albion College program will be in the building's Auditorium (not in the lower-level classroom, as previously advertised). Parking is available in the South Parking Deck, opposite the Administration Building.
Guests will enter the Administration Building through a side door visible from the parking deck (look for the Albion College sign) and will proceed to the Auditorium waiting area. Albion College staff will be available to greet you as well.