Meet The Professors


“It is a privilege to teach a course on East Asian art, landscape, and ecology on site at Morven. The Morven Japanese teahouse and garden are exquisite, and it is marvelous to be able to experience the aesthetics of garden and architecture of another culture in Central Virginia!”

-Dorothy Wong


“At Morven, the classroom is a 3000-acre canvas on which we can sketch the big ideas of sustainability and human needs, from the local to the global. While we explore human needs and essential services in the context of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, we use field trips and the many amenities of Morven to make the MSI a hands-on experience in proven approaches to the challenges of sustainability. It is the ultimate classroom without walls.” 

 -Garrick Louis


“I look forward to teaching and learning with a fantastic group of engaged students at Morven this summer. We’ll spend much of our day outside—moving our discussions to a different garden or grove each day. What a wonderful place to explore and reflect on more sustainable ways of living on our shared planet.”

-Phoebe Crisman


“The Morven Summer Institute has definitely been one of the most exciting opportunities of my teaching career. To be able to come out to a place away from Grounds, a place that is situated in such a beautiful landscape, and have the chance to talk about, read about and connect with ideas about food, the environment, and sustainability, just makes sense.”

-Paul Freedman