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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Balkans Field Course Info Session

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 257 Bailey Howe Library
Description: BALKANS INFO SESSION - Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 12-1PM at Room 257 Bailey Howe Library

Can't make it? Contact Todd Walters -
Environmental Peacebuilding and Sustainability: Peace Parks in the Balkans May 11- June 1, 2014 (7 transferable academic credits)

This 7 credit field course (in Washington DC and the Balkans) will provide students with a unique, experiential learning opportunity in one of the last bio-diversity hotspots in Europe, a place where the legacy of the conflict of the 1990s is being overcome with entrepreneurship, ecotourism and environmental peacebuilding. Starting with three days in Washington DC, students will gain a foundational understanding of how environmental security thinking led to a focus on environmental peacebuilding. We will meet with some of our nation’s foremost scholars and policy analysts on environmental peacebuilding, sustainability and transboundary protected areas management including officials at the National Park Service Office of International Affairs, US Agency for International Development, Conservation International , the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and others. We will visit one of the Balkans Embassies and hear a presentation from the Ambassador about regional environmental cooperation and the value of international educational exchange.

Once we arrive in the Balkans the course will focus on: community driven sustainable development, cross border environmental conservation, eco-tourism and natural resource management. We will trek on the award-winning "The Peaks of the Balkans Trail," which literally links Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox enclaves, as well as Slavs and numerous Albanian tribes in three adjoining national parks, each showcasing the border region’s stunning natural beauty. Students will enjoy the phenomenal hospitality of the local people in all three countries through home stays. Students will experience the unique “highlander mountain culture” and its traditional organic farming and cuisine, music and dance, traditional clothing, centuries old architecture and rugged way of life. Students will climb cross border trails that were previously used by Roman soldiers and Kosovar refugees. Staying in ecotourism guesthouses with local families will afford the opportunity to meet and learn from the people who live the work of environmental peacebuilding every day .

Students will see first hand how the environment is harnessed as a tool to stimulate cross border cooperation between communities and countries; and how entrepreneurship and ecotourism are providing an alternative model for sustainable development and real world livelihood creation. The field-based experiences are accompanied by faculty lectures and guest lectures o n the international policy environment in Washington, DC and with park officials, community leaders, and experts in Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro.

This multi-dimensional study abroad program is designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in environmental studies, sustainability, geography, community development, natural resource management, ecotourism , European history, and peace and conflict studies.

The study abroad program will be led by Dr. Geoff Dabelko, a leading expert on environmental peacebuilding and long-time program director at the Washington-based Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He joins Todd Walters, founder and executive director of International Peace Park Expeditions, who has led student experiential learning study abroad programs in the Balkans and Central America with a focus on transboundary conservation and peacebuilding.

Links to an article on the front page of the TRAVEL section of the New York Times highlights the route we will follow, The Peaks of the Balkans Trail, which won the World Tourism and Travel Council’s Award for Top Sustainable Destination in 2013. National Geographic posted photos and a write-up of our 2011 Expedition on their website. For a slide show of past IPPE-led study abroad programs to the Balkans, visit the IPPE.

Todd Walters
Executive Director
International Peace Park Expeditions


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Plant Biology seminar: Jeffrey Hughes

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: 112 Jeffords Hall
Description: Dr. Jeffrey Hughes will be our Marvin Seminar presenter
Seminar Title: How a Forest Ecosystem knows what to do after Large-scale Distrubance

Seminars are presented at 4:00 pm in Room 112 Jeffords Hall.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Gund Tea: Pipa Elias

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Conference Room
Description: Pipa Elias: Making 24 hours of Travel Worth the Effort: Success in the Land Use Sector at the UN Climate Negotiations

Gund Conference Room
Johnson House
617 Main Street

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Monday, February 10, 2014

RSENR Dean Search candidate seminar

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aiken 102
Description: Aiken 102

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Campus Gathering to Celebrate student Kendra Bower

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Center Livak Ballroom
Description: Davis Center Livak Ballroom

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