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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 glad to announce that the "Wars & Waterways" EL across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, is back on the books for the summer of 2022, provided 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 2021. Attending one of the sessions will provide you with important details regarding the academic focus, the experiential learning travel component, and application details.

Click on the buttons, icons, and photos below to access several different links on each of the topics we will explore:

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THE LEGACY OF U.S. INVASIONS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Vietnam & Laos

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EXPLORE TRIBAL LIFE & FARMING PRACTICES

Sapa, Vietnam & Luang Prabang, Cambodia

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RE-VISIT HISTORY @
WAR MUSEUMS

Hanoi, Vietnam & Phnom Penh,Cambodia

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SAMPLE MOUTH-WATERING &
EXOTIC DISHES

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

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SAIL AMONG LIMESTONE KARSTS.  EXPLORE GROTTOS & CAVES 

Halong Bay, Vietnam

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WATCH THE SUN RISE & SET ON THE ANCIENT RUINS OF ANGKOR WAT & ANGKOR THAM

Siem Reap, Cambodia

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TAKE A SAMPAN TOUR OF A FLOATING MARKET 

Can Tho, Vietnam

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CRUISE THE MEKONG & SEE LIFE ALONG THE RIVER

Can Tho to Chau Doc Vietnam

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DISCOVER THE MANY RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES THAT INFORM THE CULTURES IN THE INDOCHINA REGION

Vietnam,Cambodia,Laos

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WONDER AT THE INDOCHINE ARCHITECTURE -- OLD & NEW-- IN THE CITIES THAT WE VISIT

Vietnam,Cambodia,Laos

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STUDY THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE DAMMING OF THE MEKONG RIVER
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WALK WITH THE ELEPHANTS IN THE JUNGLE & SEE THEIR ROLE IN THE WATER ECOLOGY SYSTEM

Sayaboury, Laos

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TALK TO AND MEET WITH EXPERTS TO GAIN INSIGHTS ABOUT THE ISSUES WE WILL BE EXPLORING 

Vietnam,Cambodia,Laos

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RESEARCH THE EMERGING GEO-POLITICS IN THE REGION & THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS ON THE REST OF THE WORLD

Vietnam,Cambodia,Laos

Vietnam,Cambodia,Laos

The International Education Office:

Lenee McCandless

Asst. Director, International Education
(lmccandless@allegheny.edu)
 
Ph: (814) 332-4891 or

(814) 332-5318

The Financial Aid Office:

Natasha N.B. Eckart

Senior Assoc. Director, Financial Aid
(neckart@allegheny.edu)
or 
Karole R. Jastromb
Asst. Director, Financial Aid
(kjastrom@allegheny.edu )
 
Ph: (814) 332-4891

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