ICL: The Great Lakes and Their Islands, 3 Sessions
THE GREAT LAKES AND THEIR ISLANDS, WITH A FOCUS ON MIDDLE BASS ISLAND IN LAKE ERIE by Michael and Jean Gora
Starting with an overview of the Great Lakes and their major populated islands, the course will then zoom down to Lake Erie and further to Middle Bass Island in Ohio, a quiet island community of about 500 homes. The course will cover the history of the islands, the major tourist attractions on several of them, and then focus on the issues of living on the larger and smaller islands. The issues are both similar to and different from those of small rural communities on the mainland. We will cover jobs, schools, medical services, infrastructure and more, and focus on some water quality issues such as algal blooms.
Michael Gora was a physicist and then a computer scientist and has taught ICL courses on cosmology, but his other passion in retirement has been writing books about the history of the Lake Erie Islands. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Great Lakes Islands Alliance, which works with 14 Great Lakes islands and also partners with the Island Institute in Maine serving 15 more islands. The Great Lakes hold one-fifth of the world's fresh water and have a fascinating history and current role in our country.
Jean C. Gora retired in 2008 from a 33-year career as a researcher for the banking and life insurance industries. She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA from Johns Hopkins University. She taught three previous ICL classes, one on the financial crisis, one on life under the Third Reich, and one on the Bosnian war. Jean’s family arrived as summer residents on Middle Bass Island (Ohio) in Lake Erie 100 years ago. Jean has spent most of the past 70+ summers there, a significant part of that time actually in the lake. (No shower in the original family cottage.) She has also written a book about Lake Erie island history.