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Peru Course Information Session

Friday, September 8, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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The information session for the Spring Break 2018 Peru course, PLCY 798T: Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy, and Human Rights in Peru will be held on Friday, September 8, from 12-1 pm in Van Munching Hall 1203. We will present an outline of the course, discuss administrative and logistical matters, and address any questions you might have.
 
 
Overview
 
PUAF 798T: Sustainable Development, Environmental Policy, and Human Rights in Peru is open for applications at UMD’s Education Abroad webpage (MyEA): http://ter.ps/spbreakpuaf.
 
Tom Hilde is professor and Director (thilde@umd.edu).
Katie Murtough is Assistant Director (murtough@umd.edu). 
 
The course runs in-country from March 16-24, 2018 traveling to the Madre de Dios region in the Amazon rain forest and to the capital city of Lima. This is a 3-credit course. 
 
The deadline for applications is October 1. Admissions are rolling and competitive, so it is best to apply earlier rather than later. Graduate students and seniors with advanced standing are eligible to apply. Students from all fields and departments are welcome to apply.
 
The course fee is $2990. This fee covers in-country transportation (flights, vans, boats), lodging, most meals, group events and activities, travel insurance, meeting costs, and administrative costs. Students are primarily responsible for the course fee, international airfare, and personal expenses during the trip. Participants do not pay tuition in addition to the course fee. Tuition remission applies for GAs – check with your adviser. 
 
If you’d like to read more about the course content and trip, here is the blog from the last trip:
 
Summary of the course
 
This graduate-level course travels to the Amazon region of Madre de Dios in southeast Peru and to the coastal capital of Lima to explore key environmental, development, and human rights issues confronting the country and strategies for addressing them. In the Amazonian Madre de Dios / Tambopata region – one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet – we stay at Posada Amazonas, a research-oriented eco-lodge co-owned and operated by the Ese’eja indigenous community of Infierno and an ecotourism company. We study this cooperative arrangement of ecotourism as an example of employment-generating, environmentally-sound, self-managed local development and capacity building. This kind of approach and the Amazon ecosystem itself are challenged by large-scale resource exploitation moving further into the rainforest, particularly illegal gold mining and its concomitant social problems, and the recently completed Interoceanic Highway, which cuts through the Madre de Dios region. We also observe first-hand the natural richness of the Amazon rainforest and its wildlife and examine the efforts and challenges of Peruvians in seeking livelihood development models consistent with the health of the natural environment. In Lima, we engage in discussions with top experts and officials from government, civil society, and academia working on issues related to democratic development, environmental policy and resource management, and marginalized peoples and human rights.
 
Tom Hilde is a professor in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Associate Director of International Programs at SPP, and Director of the Indonesia and Peru programs. Before coming to UMD, he taught at New York University, directing the Environmental Conservation Program there as well as the Applied Philosophy Group. He has produced books and articles on environmental and international development policy and philosophy; climate change adaptation; food systems and land use change; international agreements; human rights; and sustainability and complex adaptive systems. He has lived in and traveled throughout Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. He was a Fulbright scholar in Venezuela and, recently, Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University.
 
Katie Murtough is a recent graduate from the School of Public Policy where she received both a Master of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development as well as a Master of Public Policy in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Katie has worked extensively in zoological-based conservation programs as a zoo keeper, education specialist, and most recently, as a researcher at the National Zoo. In addition to her zoological work, Katie has conducted anthropological, biological, and policy field work in the United States, Poland, Rwanda, Peru, Indonesia, and Brazil.
Location: 
1203 Van Munching Hall