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Development, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice in India

Dharamsala, India


Professor Nancy Postero
Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
Arrival: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017
First Day of Class: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017
Last Day of Class: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • There will be a mandatory group flight for this program, and the price is included in the program fee. More information will be posted here once the program is confirmed.
Info Sessions
  • Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:00 - 7:00pm 
    Dance Hall, Study Abroad Office, University Center 409
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5:00 - 7:00pm 
    Dance Hall, Study Abroad Office, University Center 409
  • Monday, Feb. 27, 5:00 - 7:00pm 
    Dance Hall, Study Abroad Office, University Center 409

Why you should go

The highlight of this program will be a unique opportunity to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, in a day-long audience in Dharamsala, India. Professor Nancy Postero will teach two courses connected to themes that are relevant to the Dalai Lama's teachings and her own interest in human rights and environmental justice. The program will be divided into three parts, an orientation in New Delhi, a service learning project coordinated by Amrita University in Kerala Province in southern India, and a final week of lectures and excursions to understand Tibetan culture in Dharamsala. This program is appropriate for anthropology majors and minors who would like to learn about the roots of inequality in rural India and consider the effectiveness of past and current development strategies.

Is a Global Seminar in India a good fit for you?

The India Global Seminars offer a unique set of educational and personal opportunities and challenges. In a span of just five weeks, students will get a chance to see India’s beautiful capitol city, experience life in villages, and, have a once-in-a-lifetime private audience with his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. This extraordinary program will allow students to experience India as a socially and regionally complex and diverse country. The program is centered around community service, so we expect it will be rewarding. It will also be both academically rigorous and personally demanding. Your faculty are experts in their fields, who will help you expand your understanding of worlds in flux and your part in them. They will bring the subject matter alive with academic excursions, guest speakers, service projects, and help prepare students for their meetings in Dharamsala. What might emerge from your meeting with one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world? This program involves a significant amount of travel across India, so you must be prepared for a very busy schedule of activities that will require you to balance your academic studies with excursions and a commitment to community service projects.

While we expect all students participating on a Global Seminar to be a good ambassador for the U.S. and UC San Diego, it is especially important that all students participating in this program are respectful and aware of local cultural contexts. Students will be asked to dress modestly. In some locations, it may not be permissible to download or play western music. We may have limited internet access in some sites. Students must be prepared for limited culinary choices, including eating only vegetarian food. Also, there are wide disparities of wealth and poverty in India. You may see poverty that could be challenging or disturbing. We will be in India during the hot summer season. Air conditioning will not be available, and fans may be limited.

Students must be prepared to go outside their comfort zone, be flexible and adaptable. In exchange, students will be rewarded with a life-changing experience, both personal and intellectual. If you’re interested in the program but would like more clarification on what’s included in the program and what’s expected of you as a participant, please come meet the professors at an information session (details above) or call 858-534-1123 to make an appointment with a Global Seminar advisor!

A 2.5 GPA or above is preferred for this program.

Meet the professor

Professor Nancy PosteroNancy Postero is a member of the Anthropology Department and Director of the Human Rights Program at UC San Diego. Her research examines the relation between race, politics, and political economy. Prior to coming to UC San Diego in 2001, she was a criminal defense and human rights attorney and a journalist.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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