Wallace Stegner writes "...the knowledge of place comes from working in it in all weathers, making a living from it, suffering from its catastrophes..."
In her meditations on the Poetics of Place, Eudora Welty adds "...feelings are bound up in place, and in art, from time to time, place undoubtedly works upon genius..."
From architectural regionalism to the notion of terroir, many human values and cultural identities are rooted in the idea of "place."
This summer, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SSU has been exploring "place" in Sonoma County through its art, history, landscape, food and wine as curators, writers, vintners, naturalists, scholars, artists, chefs and historians led talks and tours both on the SSU campus and in the surrounding communities. More than 200 have joined in the experience with 20 percent new to OLLI.