Between Peril and Promise in Madagascar: Intersections of Politics and Biodiversity on the Eighth Continent
BIO 298+L, POLS 298 OR INT 298
This course will offer students an integrated and immersive learning experience at four sites in Madagascar: the capital city of Antananarivo, a research station run by Stony Brook University on the edge of the rainforest of Ranomafana National Park, the seasonally dry forests of Central-Southern Madagascar (Reserve d’Anja and the Parc National de l’Isalo), and the coastal town of Toliara and its surrounding mangroves, forests and barrier reefs.
Students will investigate how politics, culture, and the environment intersect and influence one another. They will participate in hands-on projects and interviews, visit multiple cultural and ecological sites, and attend interactive talks by local researchers and community members. Ultimately, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in the local language and culture, learn about the modern political and economic conditions that shape the lives of the island’s human and non-human inhabitants, and explore an island with some of the most unique biodiversity in the world.
Faculty Directors: Aubrey Westfall (Political Science) and Jessie Knowlton (Biology)
Program Dates: tentatively August 1-August 22, 2023 (3 weeks, summer)
Estimated Program Cost: $3,900 and international flight round-trip (approximately $2500)
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