First Class: We did introductions and reviewed the syllabus. We also talked about the course expectations. We used the traditional talking circle format for this session.
We were joined by members of the University of Minnesota Council of Elders and spiritual leader Jerry Dearly who facilitated an opening ceremony. Jerry was concerned about fire alarms so he did not light the sage.
We ended the session with a feast of "build your own tacos." Students and elders had the chance to talk for a while.