Examining Climate Change
Building on the success and popularity of our summer program, we are launching the Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic semester program in fall 2016.
There may not be a better place to study climate change. Iceland and Greenland are both at the geographic center of scientific inquiry and are most at risk for the consequences of significant climate change.
The program is designed to be mobile; students will explore the communities and environments of Iceland and Greenland, spending three weeks in Ísafjörður, two weeks in Akureyri, two weeks in Reykjavik, and two weeks in Greenland before beginning their independent or small group research projects.
Some questions that will drive course content include
- How will climate change affect the animal, plant, and human communities of Iceland and Greenland? How are communities adjusting to the changes that have already occurred?
- How do scientists monitor and measure the changes, and can the trends be analyzed differently from scientific and indigenous perspectives?
- In what ways does climate change affect Iceland’s social and political discourse?
Advising tips: This program will be of interest to students majoring in engineering, earth sciences, sustainability, environmental policy, sociology, biology, geology, geography, chemistry, archaeology, and/or environmental science/studies.
Click here to read program highlights and syllabi.
Your Chance to Study Abroad!
It's not just your students who have the chance to study abroad this year! Join us on one of our upcoming group site visits for your chance to experience an SIT Study Abroad program in Madagascar or Vietnam.
- Antananarivo and Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, February 28–March 6, 2016
A group site visit featuring the following three programs: Madagascar: Urbanization and Rural Development; Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management; and Madagascar: Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems (summer)
- Application deadline: November 1
- Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, Vietnam, March 6–12, 2016
A group site visit featuring the following two programs: Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development and IHP/Comparative: Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy.
Application deadline: November 1
Visit our website to learn more about these site visits and the application process.
Send Your Faculty Abroad
We are launching a new series of faculty seminars abroad in 2016. Each seminar will explore contemporary global issues, by drawing on the rich academic resources of SIT program sites.
These Faculty Seminars Abroad offer your faculty the opportunity to become deeply engaged in a topic through lectures, site visits, and connections to local academics, researchers, and other knowledge sources. Some seminars will include hands-on fieldwork.
Applications are now available on the website and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is March 1, 2016, and the final notification of enrollment is March 15, 2016.
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New SIT/HACU Partnership and Scholarship
School for International Training is now an associate member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). We will be represented at the upcoming conference in Miami October 12–15 by John Lucas and Laurie Black.
We are pleased to announce that SIT Study Abroad will award a $3,000 scholarship for participation in a semester or summer program to all HACU students who demonstrate financial need. This is in addition to SIT’s Pell Grant Match Award and any other SIT scholarship
Additionally, graduates of HACU member institutions will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to an SIT Graduate Institute master's degree program.
Meet Our New Staff
- Dr. Brian Johnson is the new academic director for the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program. Dr. Johnson is a cultural medical anthropologist whose academic and professional specializations include critical perspectives on health, medicine, and healing; the social determinants of disease and illness; traditional medicine and intercultural health; violence and social suffering; political and social movements; and indigeneity / indigenous populations in the Americas. He holds a PhD in sociomedical sciences and anthropology from Columbia University and master’s degrees in public health and Latin America studies from UCLA.
- Garjan Sterk began this semester as the new academic director of the Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender program. Garjan holds a degree in Dutch literature and an additional master’s degree in ethnic studies. She is a PhD candidate in gender studies. She has worked for the last 30 years in the fields of gender, ethnicity, and media, specializing in representations, journalism, and popular culture. She was previously a lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Department of Media, Information, and Communication.
- Gabriela Ventura, a three-time alumna of our programs has been promoted to academic director of the Brazil: Public Health, Race, and Human Rights program. Gabriela has an MBA in project management from the Escola Superior de Adminstração, Marketing e Comunicação in São Paulo, Brazil, and is an MA candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at Columbia University.
- Longstanding SIT academic director Daniel Lumonya has been appointed interim academic dean for Africa, south of the Sahara. Dan is currently completing his PhD in development sociology at Cornell University, and has previously served as academic director of the summer and semester programs in Uganda and Rwanda between 2001 and 2015.
- Mary Kate O'Brien joined us in August as the director of Marketing.
We welcome all our new staff and faculty and wish them a successful fall semester.