Field Institutes

Grasping Water: Rivers and Human Systems in China, Africa, and North America

Summer Institute in Chinese Studies in Global Humanities, sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. 47 participants from around the world applied a comparative and historical perspective to examine the ways communities and political entities in China, Africa, and North America have dealt with the problem of controlling rivers. (2016)

Oaxaca Summer Institute XII, Graduate Seminar

Attended seminars in English and Spanish by scholars of Mexico based in the U.S. and Mexico, conducted research at local archives and in communities, participated in various excursions, and presented research on sugar beet cultivation in the Sonoran desert. Weekly topics included: public health and history of medicine in Mexico; popular culture and everyday politics; the environment in history and culture; and gender in Mexican history and culture. (2010)

Summer Field Institute for Environmental Scholarship

Examined landscape restoration and management in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Traveled with sixteen professors and graduate students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico as part of the “Restoration Landscapes of the Borderlands” summer field institute. Landscapes we visited included Ted Turner’s Armendaris and Ladder ranches in New Mexico, preservation sites and ecological research stations in Arizona, and conservation sites in Sonora, Mexico. (2007)

Fulbright-Hays, Turkey

Traveled to historic and cultural sites in western and central Turkey, attended seminars with scholars from Turkish universities, journalists, artists, U.S. State Department officials, and other scholars and community figures. Learned about Turkish culture through its geography, history, religious traditions, and architecture and used material gathered on the trip to develop and enhance Middle Eastern curriculum in K-12 schools. (2005)

WorldSmart Leadership Program

Traveled across Canada, Japan, and Europe with 83 participants from 26 countries while staying with host families and working with an internship group responsible for organizing and facilitating community service projects in each city we visited. (2004)