Now Accepting Applications: Faculty Development Seminar on Urban Sustainability in India

Seminar: Exploring Urban Sustainability through India’s Cities
India: December 26, 2019 – January 10, 2020 
Application Deadline: September 16, 2019
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For the second 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 January 2020. 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.

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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The program will include extended visits to the Indian cities of New Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow to understand the varying economic, cultural, social, and environmental pressures confronting emerging cities as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas in search of work and opportunity.

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 the 2019 Seminar:

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