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2022 Summer Study Abroad EL Seminar: Vietnam,Cambodia, Laos (4 Credits)

Posted on May 11, 2021 | Filed under General News

EXL 594: “Wars & Waterways” Experiential Learning Study Abroad Seminar (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) (4 credits)
Faculty: Professors Ishita Sinha Roy (Communication) & Lauren French (Biology/Neuroscience)
Travel dates: May 12–June 5, 2022
Pre-Requisites: None.
Website: https://www.mekong-el.com/
Watch for information sessions with more details in fall 2021. An interdisciplinary investigation for four course credits into how historical wars and waterways have shaped contemporary Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos — previously “French Indochina.” Travel and discover the impact of past colonizations, ethnic conflicts and genocide, and U.S. invasions on the cultural and ecological health of these countries. Explore 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 investigation into potential new water wars in this region.