Because people and places matter.

The Place Studies Program provides opportunities to understand, represent, and engage natural and human communities by:

  • Advancing understandings and applications of sustainability for rural communities
  • Exploring how to characterize and represent places in the digital age
  • Encouraging creative expressions and articulations of human-nature relationships

We do so through innovative teaching and research that is active, scholarly, and in collaboration with community partners in the humanities and social sciences. 

Place is...partly the means an area provides for its own continuation but also the meaning derived from its past for its continuation." (Marsh, 1983)

Place Studies Projects

Rural Health Initiative

By collaborating with local hospitals, health clinics, and universities, we undertake research about how the social and environmental context of a community impacts individual health. 

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Humanities in Place

Students using a variety of artistic mediums to express, explore and depict cultural history, examples include film, video, and creative writing.

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Affiliated Programs

Stories of the Susquehanna

Stories of the Susquehanna Valley began in 2010 as a unique research project focused on a watershed, utilizing multimedia scholarship, designed to articulate, highlight, and learn from stories that form our region, our communities, our ecosystems, and ourselves.

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Sustainable Values

Values drive decisions. Understanding how they do so, and how they operate in social contexts, are key questions we are investigating.

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