Woods and Wine

July 23-25, 2013

Spend your mornings learning to read the landscape, understand its past, live its present and anticipate its future in the rich ecosystems of the Fox Valley, where natural phenomena seduce your spirit and transfix your mind. Field walks, plant identifications and stimulating discussions heighten your appreciation of nature.

Then, enjoy a leisurely lunch discussing the scientific and cultural dimensions of wine while indulging in some delectable wine tasting sessions.

Transportation to walks and wine tastings included.

Nicholas Maravolo has published widely in botany during a more than 40-year tenure as professor of biology at Lawrence University. He has taught courses in Biodiversity and Vegetation of Wisconsin and served as a consultant for a wide range of environmental concerns. His fieldwork has taken him to the Pacific Rim, Central and South America, and Europe, as well as the American West. He has also taught wine science and appreciation to a variety of audiences and has traveled the world to experience the ambience and tastes of various wine countries.

World Music

July 30 - August 1, 2013

Are you fascinated by music from around the world and want to learn more about these unique musical cultures? This is your perfect opportunity to spend three unforgettable days exploring some of the world’s most interesting music, guided by experts in each tradition.

You will learn about the vibrant cultures that created the music, as well as have an opportunity to try a bit of music-making yourself. You will make an Australian didjeridu; play in a Balinese gamelan, and learn the traditions of Native American music through interactive presentations, live demonstrations and performances. Absolutely no previous musical training is required, just a passion for learning and a love of music.

Seminar participants will enjoy this interactive seminar where participation in encouraged.


  • Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana, director of the Lawrence Gamelan, Balinese music
  • Sonja Downing, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, Balinese music
  • Brian Pertl, dean of the Conservatory, Australian Aboriginal music
  • Brigetta Miller, associate professor of music, Native American music