A vacation with a focus
Lawrence University's Northern Campus
Door County, Wisconsin

 

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2018 Bjorklunden Seminar Registration Form
 

If you're in search of a unique adventure that combines relaxation with education, Björklunden has just what you're looking for. The Björklunden seminar program provides an opportunity for you to spend a week at the lodge attending an engaging and thought-provoking class in the mornings while giving you ample time to explore beautiful Door County in the afternoons. We like to call it a "vacation with a focus"—and hope you'll consider joining us this summer or fall to experience it for yourself!

Registration is now open for 2018 summer seminars! Unless otherwise noted on this web page, registration for seminars remains open until the day before each seminar begins. The seminars are conducted at the pristine 441-acre Björklunden estate on the shore of Lake Michigan outside Baileys Harbor in Door County.

Participants can attend seminars either as residents, staying at the distinctly Scandinavian Björklunden lodge, or as commuters. All seminars include meals prepared by Björklunden's own resident chef and each seminar begins with Sunday evening dinner. Classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings with remaining free time available to explore Door County's many cultural and recreational opportunities or for simple relaxation at Björklunden's mile-long, Lake Michigan shoreline and wooded walking trails.


Seminar participants choose only one seminar for each week of attendance. Class sizes are limited.  Early registration will help ensure participants get into the seminar they prefer.

Seminar Listing by Date

June 10 to June 16

Art and the Cocktail / Eric Simonson '82 and Robert Simonson

June 10 to June 15

Listen to the Birds / Don Quintenz

June 17 to June 22

Fact or Fantasy: Science for Presidents / Jerry Clifford '68

June 24 to June 29

It Depends on Your Frame of Mind / Roger Johnson and Jerry Camery-Hoggatt
James Joyce's Dubliners: A Reading Group / Robert Spoo '79
Wildlife Photography: Turning Passion into Productivity / John Van Den Brandt

July 8 to July 14

Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp / Various

July 15 to July 20

Can Europe's Center Hold in the Age of Trump? / Jon Greenwald and Robert (Todd) Becker
Our Freshwater Future: The Ecology, Economics, and Politics of the Great Lakes / Peter Levi '01 and Titus Seilheimer '00
Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe / Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg '65

July 22 to July 27

Lyndon Johnson: An American Life / Tim Crain
Memories of Soviet Life and Death: Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time / Peter Thomas
Wisconsin Jazz / Kurt Dietrich '73

July 29 to August 3

New Topics in Lincoln Studies / James Cornelius '81
The Trump Revolution / Terry Moran '82

August 5 to August 10

And That's The Truth! / Terry Goode
Apocalypse-When? / Bill Urbrock and Peery Duderstadt
Baseball Lit: The Best Writing on Our National Game / Jerald Podair

August 12 to August 18

Photography Now! / Phil Krejcarek
The Music and Times of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven / Mark Aamot
Watercolor: The Expressive Medium / Helen Klebesadel

August 19 to August 24

Journey to the East: Crusading in the Middle Ages / Nikolas Hoel '99
Speech Attacks: Bullshit, Lies, Propaganda, Silencing / Mark Phelan
The Niagara Escarpment, Geotourism, Developing Countries, and Cultural & Natural Heritage: How Does It All Relate? / Susan Kennedy and Bob Bultman

August 26 to August 31

Hollywood in Transition: Tracing the Evolution of Classic Films into the Modern Era / Jack Rhodes
Jane Austen's Persuasion / Tim Spurgin
Looking Beyond the Embargo: Art and Visual Culture in Cuba Since 1959 / Beth Zinsli '02

September 9 to September 14

Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Poems Inspired by the Other Lively Arts / Marilyn Taylor
How We Decide / Roger Johnson
Television's Golden Age: Mid-'50s to Late-'70s - From Its Roots in Radio, to "Roots"...and Beyond / Paul McComas '83

September 16 to September 21

The United States and Europe: Coming Closer Together, or Parting Ways? / Christopher Murray '75
Time Travel / Roy Underhill
Woods in the Morning, Wine in the Afternoon / Nicholas Maravolo

September 23 to September 28

"Significant Others": Celebrated Acting Teams of Hollywood's Golden Age / Jack Rhodes
Behold the Man: Religious Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) and the Politics of Identity / Gerry Max '67
Independence Corrupted/How America's Judges (Really) Make Their Decisions / Charles Schudson

September 30 to October 5

Juvenal's Satires / Daniel Taylor '63
Medical Heroes and Medical Neros / David Hines '76
The Science and Folklore of Plants and Fungi / Don Quintenz and Charlotte Lukes

October 7 to October 12

Experience Bjorklunden: Explore Door County on Your Own / No Instructor

October 14 to October 19

Experience Bjorklunden: Explore Door County on Your Own / No Instructor

Seminar Listing by Instructor

Beth Zinsli '02

Looking Beyond the Embargo: Art and Visual Culture in Cuba Since 1959

Bill Urbrock and Peery Duderstadt

Apocalypse-When?

Charles Schudson

Independence Corrupted/How America's Judges (Really) Make Their Decisions

Christopher Murray '75

The United States and Europe: Coming Closer Together, or Parting Ways?

Daniel Taylor '63

Juvenal's Satires

David Hines '76

Medical Heroes and Medical Neros

Don Quintenz

Listen to the Birds

Don Quintenz and Charlotte Lukes

The Science and Folklore of Plants and Fungi

Eric Simonson '82 and Robert Simonson

Art and the Cocktail

Gerry Max '67

Behold the Man: Religious Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) and the Politics of Identity

Helen Klebesadel

Watercolor: The Expressive Medium

Jack Rhodes

"Significant Others": Celebrated Acting Teams of Hollywood's Golden Age
Hollywood in Transition: Tracing the Evolution of Classic Films into the Modern Era

James Cornelius '81

New Topics in Lincoln Studies

Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg '65

Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe

Jerald Podair

Baseball Lit: The Best Writing on Our National Game

Jerry Clifford '68

Fact or Fantasy: Science for Presidents

John Van Den Brandt

Wildlife Photography: Turning Passion into Productivity

Jon Greenwald and Robert (Todd) Becker

Can Europe's Center Hold in the Age of Trump?

Kurt Dietrich '73

Wisconsin Jazz

Marilyn Taylor

Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Poems Inspired by the Other Lively Arts

Mark Aamot

The Music and Times of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven

Mark Phelan

Speech Attacks: Bullshit, Lies, Propaganda, Silencing

Nicholas Maravolo

Woods in the Morning, Wine in the Afternoon

Nikolas Hoel '99

Journey to the East: Crusading in the Middle Ages

No Instructor

Experience Bjorklunden: Explore Door County on Your Own
Experience Bjorklunden: Explore Door County on Your Own

Paul McComas '83

Television's Golden Age: Mid-'50s to Late-'70s - From Its Roots in Radio, to "Roots"...and Beyond

Peter Levi '01 and Titus Seilheimer '00

Our Freshwater Future: The Ecology, Economics, and Politics of the Great Lakes

Peter Thomas

Memories of Soviet Life and Death: Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time

Phil Krejcarek

Photography Now!

Robert Spoo '79

James Joyce's Dubliners: A Reading Group

Roger Johnson

How We Decide

Roger Johnson and Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

It Depends on Your Frame of Mind

Roy Underhill

Time Travel

Susan Kennedy and Bob Bultman

The Niagara Escarpment, Geotourism, Developing Countries, and Cultural & Natural Heritage: How Does It All Relate?

Terry Goode

And That's The Truth!

Terry Moran '82

The Trump Revolution

Tim Crain

Lyndon Johnson: An American Life

Tim Spurgin

Jane Austen's Persuasion

Various

Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp

Seminar Listing by Topic

Art & Art History

Looking Beyond the Embargo: Art and Visual Culture in Cuba Since 1959 / Beth Zinsli '02
Watercolor: The Expressive Medium / Helen Klebesadel

Culture & Sports

Baseball Lit: The Best Writing on Our National Game / Jerald Podair

Film

"Significant Others": Celebrated Acting Teams of Hollywood's Golden Age / Jack Rhodes
Hollywood in Transition: Tracing the Evolution of Classic Films into the Modern Era / Jack Rhodes

Film & Theatre

Art and the Cocktail / Eric Simonson '82 and Robert Simonson

History

Journey to the East: Crusading in the Middle Ages / Nikolas Hoel '99
Lyndon Johnson: An American Life / Tim Crain
New Topics in Lincoln Studies / James Cornelius '81
Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe / Jane Tibbetts Schulenburg '65

Houseguest

Experience Bjorklunden: Explore Door County on Your Own / No Instructor
Experience Bjorklunden: Explore Door County on Your Own / No Instructor

Law & Politics

Independence Corrupted/How America's Judges (Really) Make Their Decisions / Charles Schudson

Literature

James Joyce's Dubliners: A Reading Group / Robert Spoo '79
Jane Austen's Persuasion / Tim Spurgin
Juvenal's Satires / Daniel Taylor '63
Memories of Soviet Life and Death: Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time / Peter Thomas
Time Travel / Roy Underhill

Music

The Music and Times of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven / Mark Aamot
Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp / Various
Wisconsin Jazz / Kurt Dietrich '73

Nature & Earth

Listen to the Birds / Don Quintenz
The Niagara Escarpment, Geotourism, Developing Countries, and Cultural & Natural Heritage: How Does It All Relate? / Susan Kennedy and Bob Bultman
The Science and Folklore of Plants and Fungi / Don Quintenz and Charlotte Lukes
Woods in the Morning, Wine in the Afternoon / Nicholas Maravolo

Philosophy

And That's The Truth! / Terry Goode

Photography

Photography Now! / Phil Krejcarek
Wildlife Photography: Turning Passion into Productivity / John Van Den Brandt

Poetry & Writing

Ekphrastic Poetry: Writing Poems Inspired by the Other Arts / Marilyn Taylor

Politics

Can Europe's Center Hold in the Age of Trump? / Jon Greenwald and Robert (Todd) Becker
The Trump Revolution / Terry Moran '82

Politics & History

Speech Attacks: Bullshit, Lies, Propaganda, Silencing / Mark Phelan
The United States and Europe: Coming Closer Together, or Parting Ways? / Christopher Murray '75

Psychology

How We Decide / Roger Johnson
It Depends on Your Frame of Mind / Roger Johnson and Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

Religion

Apocalypse-When? / Bill Urbrock & Peery Duderstadt

Politics & Science

Science & History

Medical Heroes and Medical Neros / David Hines '76

Television & Film

Television's Golden Age: Mid-'50s to Late-'70s - From Its Roots in Radio, to "Roots"...and Beyond / Paul McComas '83

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