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 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
WARS & WATERWAYS
(VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, AND LAOS)
FALL 2019 SELECTION IN PROGRESS
The deadline for applications to this EL has passed. Thank you for your interest and show of support.
We have begun reviewing the applications and emphasis will be on the caliber of your "statement of purpose" and ability to be financially responsible for the EL costs.
After the Gilman scholarships are announced (Nov. 01, 2019), we will finalize the list and pass it on to the Allegheny College International Office. Lucinda Morgan will then email selected students to confirm their participation, and complete the next steps of the acceptance process.
We hope the rest of the applicants will agree to remain on our waiting list, so that if spaces open up, they can be invited to join the group. If possible, we would have accepted everyone, but certain excursions and accommodations cannot exceed the number specified for our group.
Important Upcoming Dates
Nov. 02: Selections communicated to International Office.
Watch out for emails, soon after, from Lucinda Morgan and the EL faculty members,
Nov. 22: Contracts must be signed and returned to the International Office (Lucinda Morgan)
Nov. 30: Non-refundable deposit of $900 due by 4pm, to retain place in the EL
Click on the buttons, icons, and photos below to access several different links on each of the topics we will explore:
THE LEGACY OF U.S. INVASIONS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA
EXPLORE TRIBAL LIFE & FARMING PRACTICES
Vietnam & Laos
RE-VISIT HISTORY @
Sapa, Vietnam & Luang Prabang, Cambodia
SAMPLE MOUTH-WATERING &
Hanoi, Vietnam & Phnom Penh,Cambodia
SAIL AMONG LIMESTONE KARSTS. EXPLORE GROTTOS, CAVES & A FLOATING FISHING VILLAGE
Halong Bay, Vietnam
TAKE A SAMPAN TOUR OF A FLOATING MARKET
Can Tho, Vietnam
DISCOVER THE MANY RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES THAT INFORM THE CULTURES IN THE INDOCHINA REGION
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
WATCH THE SUN RISE & SET ON THE ANCIENT RUINS OF ANGKOR WAT & ANGKOR THAM
Siem Reap, Cambodia
CRUISE THE MEKONG & SEE LIFE ALONG THE RIVER
Can Tho to Chau Doc Vietnam
WALK WITH THE ELEPHANTS IN THE JUNGLE & SEE THEIR ROLE IN THE WATER ECOLOGY SYSTEM
WONDER AT THE INDOCHINE ARCHITECTURE -- OLD & NEW-- IN THE CITIES THAT WE VISIT
TALK TO AND MEET WITH EXPERTS TO GAIN INSIGHTS ABOUT THE ISSUES WE WILL BE EXPLORING
STUDY THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THE DAMMING OF THE MEKONG RIVER
RESEARCH THE EMERGING GEO-POLITICS IN THE REGION & THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS ON THE REST OF THE WORLD
The International Education Office:
Ph: (814) 332-4891 or
The Financial Aid Office:
Natasha N.B. Eckart
Senior Assoc. Director, Financial Aid
Karole R. Jastromb
Asst. Director, Financial Aid
Ph: (814) 332-4891