The Niagara Escarpment, Geotourism, Developing Countries, and Cultural & Natural Heritage: How does it all relate?
This seminar will explore the evolving concepts of ‘geotourism’ and sustainability and what they really mean, as well as the complexities involved in managing the world’s heritage both locally and globally. There are very timely issues related to saving heritage resources that are affected by development, war, neglect, environmental changes, and natural disasters. Participants will delve into these concepts and examine the inherent challenges with saving irreplaceable global heritage, especially where money, political will, awareness, or the knowledge needed to preserve them may be lacking. The seminar will also take a look at current geotourism projects underway along the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin and Door County that aim to preserve the fascinating heritage defined by this 1,000+ mile long geological formation. Class time will include site visits to local geotourism destinations and carpooling will be required. Dress for the weather and be prepared for some walking on uneven terrain.
Susan Kennedy is an adjunct lecturer at Lawrence University (2017) and has traveled the globe working as a heritage and tourism specialist in developing countries for international development agencies including USAID, World Bank, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and others. Kennedy taught a course in Public History Management and continues her work in Door County on projects related to geotourism, the Niagara Escarpment, and sustainable tourism.
Bob Bultman is a geologist, naturalist, and an environmentally active resident of Baileys Harbor. Bultman has an in-depth knowledge of Door County’s natural heritage and is an active member of the Forest Recovery Project, Niagara Escarpment Resource Network and Greater Escarpment Organization. He also teaches at The Clearing and for Road Scholar.