This conference, in Uttarakhand, India, will bring together 15 leading scholars who have studied the Himalayan environment from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The primary goal of this academic conference is to develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary understanding of environmental problems in the Himalayan region, to formulate recommendations on how to best address these issues, and to develop strategies for educational development that will increase public understanding and awareness of Himalayan environmental challenges, both in India and elsewhere in the world. A secondary goal that builds on this is to develop strategies that will enable students at all levels of education to “learn from the Himalayas” through outdoor, experiential study and engaged participation in environmental programs. A third, practical goal is to use insights gained from the conference to enhance the curriculum of the three University of Pittsburgh study abroad programs that are based at the Hanifl Centre: Pitt in the Himalaya, Wilderness First Responders and Environmental Health, and CBA Outdoor Leadership.
JOSEPH S. ALTER, University of Pittsburgh
K. KRISHNAN KUTTY, Hanifl Centre
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
University Center for International Studies
Asian Studies Center
Year of Pitt Global
Pitt Global: Study Abroad
Outdoor Education and Environmental Study
Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 a.m.