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Northland College alumnus Joe Fitzgerald on stage.

The Place Where You Start

Burke alum keeps environmental justice at the core of his work.

…a collective impact approach, emphasizing that water is life, not a separate issue and that it connects with so many other aspects of our society. “As people, the majority of our bodies are water. The majority of the planet is water. And if nothing else, water really does physically shape…

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Northland Remains Vigilant

Presidential Update

physical distance, and we are conducting some on-campus classes and seminars in specially-designed outdoor venues. A number of our faculty have even opted to split the students between classroom and online study, in order to impede the potential for exposure to the virus. We are now four weeks into our…

Northland College faculty Jesse M. Caskey and Franklin C. Lane

Before the Beginning

Fifteen years before the Apostle Islands became a park, faculty and students established a field laboratory on Rocky.

…to collect zoological specimens; Lane’s group to gather botanical. Meanwhile, the students completed coursework in plant ecology, invertebrate zoology, general zoology, plant taxonomy, and conducted special research in mycology and plant pathology. They created and added to their own insect collections; pursued their own research; and spent evenings on photography


The Stories and Voices of This Region

WritersRead Celebrates Ten Years

…seemed fitting, as I trod my new geography, that the lake rode the red shoulders of the land like a mysterious blanket, leading to unseen places called “Thunder Bay” and “Silver Bay,” sights like 22 Apostles, emerald mountains rising from clear depths to claim a taste of sky. Reading these…

Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College

From the Archives: Open Horizons—A Campaign for the Institute

…the article, the proposed building was “a beautiful architectural statement” that “thoughtfully reflects Sig’s philosophy and life.” With the Open Horizons capital campaign complete, construction of the Institute’s new building began in the summer of 1980. When the fall issue of the Horizons newsletter went to press, it included photos…

Tea-Time with Les Alldritt

Mary Griggs Burke and Japanese Art

Mary Griggs Burke and Japanese Art Northland College Professor of Religion and Philosophy Les Alldritt will lead a tea-time discussion at Forest Lodge near Cable July 18 at 2-3:30. Hosted by Northland College, Alldritt will be talking about Mary Griggs Burke’s interest in Japanese art, how that influence is expressed…

Northland College alumnus Simeon Rossi standing behind bar full of lemons

From Ornithology to Loonshine


…had to get creative”—and in part, because millennials question everything. “I can thank my Northland education for this,” he said. “I don’t fear adversity—we’re all given the opportunity to create our own way and find our own future and I did that.” Photography by A STORY OF MODERN ENTREPRENEURSHIP…

Collage of Northland College professors who will be teaching a course on the pandemic


A New Course at Northland College

…allow for the greater community to engage with us as well.” Lessons include: history of pandemics, epidemiology of infectious disease, public health principles, biology of viruses, cost benefit analysis of social isolation, philosophy of hope and despair, public land use and changing recreation patters, and the poetry and music of…