AIIS and CAORC to Partner for Third Faculty Development Seminar in India


Seminar: Exploring Urban Sustainability through India’s Cities
India: June/July 2021
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
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For the third year, AIIS is partnering with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) to host the faculty development seminar, “Exploring Urban Sustainability through India’s Cities” in India in the summer of 2021. This two-week, fully-funded study trip is open to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions, in order to promote the development of “internationalized” learning environments that both broaden their students’ cultural horizons and foster critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills for an increasingly interconnected world. Participants will visit three rapidly changing Indian cities—Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow—to explore how environment and STEM-related issues are situated within the economic, cultural, and social pressures confronting emerging cities.

Across the globe, as towns grow into cities and as cities morph into megacities, what can be done to ensure that demands for quality economic opportunities and decent standards of living are balanced against increased pressures on the environment, energy resources, and threatened cultural traditions?

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In addition to exploring the overlapping and cross-cutting challenges and opportunities created by India’s rapid urban development, participants will gain first-hand experience—through specialist-led site visits and cultural excursions—of India’s fascinating history, culture, languages, religions, and contemporary society that can be harnessed to address urban sustainability. Throughout the program, participants will learn from and have the opportunity to partner with local university faculty engaged in international collaboration and exchanges.

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Check out these blog posts from participants in previous seminars:

Reflections on the Historical Relationship between People and Spaces
By Danny Sexton

Wildlife in the City: Challenging the Nature-Culture Binary
By Janny Li

The group with Dr. Balasubramaniam

Teachers as Students: The Power of Experiential Learning in India’s Growing Cities
By Robin Kietlinski

local experts in India

Water and Women in Urban India
By Janet Armitage

Learning to Teach India Through Travel
By Karen Guerrero