Global & Cultural

Global learning is a core element of the Dartmouth experience, with students and scholars actively engaged in international study, research, and collaboration. DCAL funded several 2016-17 experiential learning opportunities designed to intentionally build students' global awareness and international understanding through global and cross-cultural experiences. 

ANTH 32: Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya, with Field Experience in NYC

This week-long field excursion to Himalayan New York extends an existing course, ANTH 32: "Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalaya." After the finals period, students from the course will have the opportunity to go to New York City and experience various first-hand aspects of Himalayan and Tibetan cultural life and the socioeconomic realities of migrants from the region in NYC.

Term: Winter 2017

Project Leader: Kenneth Bauer (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology)

ANTH 70: Experiencing Human Origins and Evolution

Students in ANTH 70 examined current evidence for human origins and evolution, with a particular emphasis on South Africa. Students learned and experienced firsthand how fossils, archaeological sites, and living model systems are used to reconstruct and interpret the path and circumstances by which humans evolved. A 20-day course extension in South Africa followed the course, and provided students with direct experience with and opportunities to reflect on the sites, scientists, organisms, and challenges discussed in class.

Term: Fall 2016

Project Leaders: Jeremy DeSilva (Associate Professor of Anthropology), Nathaniel Dominy (Professor of Anthropology)

ECON 70: Immersion Experience in Applied Economics and Policy in Poland

Students in this section of ECON 70 studied the history of the centrally-planned economic system and how it influenced economic development in Poland. The course will culminate in a Winterim experience in Poland, where students will learn first-hand how Poland has transitioned to a market-oriented economy.

Term: Fall 2016

Project Leader: Elisabeth Curtis (Senior Lecturer in Economics)

ECON 70: Inclusive Growth in China

Students studied inclusive growth in China from sociological, business and economics, and individual perspectives. The course culminated in an off-campus experience in China during the winter intersession with the goal of interacting with the Chinese population discussed during the term. This immersion and application shed light on many important questions posed during the course.

Term: Fall 2016

Project Leader: Diego Comin (Professor of Economics)

Fieldwork in Tonga

This experience, which will engage up to five linguistics students on the 2017 New Zealand FSP, will involve undergraduate students in the process of designing and executing a field trip to Tonga in order to collect data on the Tongan language. The trip, which will last between 5-7 days, will occur immediately after the students’ completion of the FSP, during the interim between winter and spring terms. A faculty advisor from the Linguistics program will accompany the students to Tonga, where the students will determine the nature of the data to be collected, organize the necessary research activities, and implement their plans.

Term: Winter 2017

Project Leader: Lindsay Whaley (Professor of Classics and Linguistics)

Global Health Lab: Kosovo Women's Health Policy Research Project

The Global Health Lab Kosovo Health Policy Research project demonstrated a new model for global health engagement linking formal coursework with field research on real world global health challenges. The inaugural project engaged three Dartmouth undergraduates and one student from the Geisel School of Medicine in a team-based health policy research project in Kosovo. The project culminated in a presesntation of the students' research to Kosovo's former president, Atifete Jahjaga.

Term: Summer 2016

Project Leader: Anne Sosin (Global Health Initiative Program Manager in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding)

Great Issues Scenarios and Tabletop (GIST) Exercises

The Great Issues Scenarios and Tabletop Exercises (GIST) program at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding is a focused series of interactive simulation and scenario exercises designed to develop decision-making, crisis management, international engagement, cultural awareness, and peace-building skills in the Dartmouth community. The program will develop engagement opportunities for more senior students (including graduate students) in hands-on learning exercises led by Dartmouth faculty, external experts, and the staff of the Dickey Center. Students will have opportunities to share their results and observations, discuss and reflect upon the process, and connect the learning experience in GIST to their broader academic journey.

Term: Ongoing

Project Leader: Casey Aldrich (Student Programs Manager, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding)