EXL594 (Wars & Waterways) COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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An interdisciplinary investigation for FOUR COURSE CREDITS into how historical wars and waterways have shaped contemporary Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos -- previously “French Indochina.” Study the impact of multiple past colonizations, ethnic conflicts and genocide, and U.S. invasions on the cultural and ecological health of these countries. Learn about the centrality of water in local dragon mythologies, (post)colonial histories, cultural/religious traditions, farming/fishing economies, shifting topographies and wildlife, and global health challenges. Case studies on the shortage of potable water, China’s mega-damming of the Mekong river, and lingering groundwater contamination from Agent Orange inform our exploration of potential new water wars in this region.
No academic prerequisites.
This interdisciplinary EL (Experiential Learning) seminar is open to first-year students, sophomores, and Juniors, across all majors. You must be in good academic and financial standing with the College.
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We have decided to postpone the "Wars & Waterways" EL across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, for health safety reasons, until the summer of 2023. We hope all travel restrictions are lifted by then.
YOU WILL NEED PROOF OF VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19 TO ENTER THE HOST COUNTRIES.
PLEASE ARRANGE TO HAVE THAT DOCUMENTATION AVAILABLE.
We will continue to be in touch with our contacts in the host countries and follow Center for Disease Control and U.S. State Department advisories and keep you updated.
Please look out for the Information Sessions dates and details in early fall 2022. Attending one of the sessions will provide you with important details regarding the academic focus, the experiential learning travel component, and application details.
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THE LEGACY OF U.S. INVASIONS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Vietnam & Laos
EXPLORE TRIBAL LIFE & FARMING PRACTICES
Sapa, Vietnam & Luang Prabang, Cambodia
RE-VISIT HISTORY @
Hanoi, Vietnam & Phnom Penh,Cambodia
SAMPLE MOUTH-WATERING &
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
SAIL AMONG LIMESTONE KARSTS. EXPLORE GROTTOS & CAVES
Halong Bay, Vietnam
WATCH THE SUN RISE & SET ON THE ANCIENT RUINS OF ANGKOR WAT & ANGKOR THAM
Siem Reap, Cambodia
TAKE A SAMPAN TOUR OF A FLOATING MARKET
Can Tho, Vietnam
CRUISE THE MEKONG & SEE LIFE ALONG THE RIVER
Can Tho to Chau Doc Vietnam
DISCOVER THE MANY RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES THAT INFORM THE CULTURES IN THE INDOCHINA REGION
WONDER AT THE INDOCHINE ARCHITECTURE -- OLD & NEW-- IN THE CITIES THAT WE VISIT
STUDY THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE DAMMING OF THE MEKONG RIVER
WALK WITH THE ELEPHANTS IN THE JUNGLE & SEE THEIR ROLE IN THE WATER ECOLOGY SYSTEM
TALK TO AND MEET WITH EXPERTS TO GAIN INSIGHTS ABOUT THE ISSUES WE WILL BE EXPLORING
RESEARCH THE EMERGING GEO-POLITICS IN THE REGION & THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS ON THE REST OF THE WORLD
The International Education Office:
Asst. Director, International Education
Ph: (814) 332-4891 or
The Financial Aid Office:
Natasha N.B. Eckart
Senior Assoc. Director, Financial Aid
Ph: (814) 332-4891