Economic Botany Trinidad and Tobago Field Study
Now accepting applications for the spring 2018 course & spring break study tour. Info session on Wednesday, September 13th; deadline to apply is Sunday, October 1st.
Study the intersection of botanical, social, and cultural history in Trinidad and Tobago with Biology 118 "Plants and People" / Biology 318 "Economic Botany" taught by Assistant Professor Jonathan Wilson, in collaboration with Visual Studies 353 "Advanced Media Production: The Documentary Body" taught by visiting assistant professor Vicky Funari.
Read the course description below and join us for an info session on Wednesday, September 13th at 4:30pm in the CPGC Cafe (Stokes 104):
This course is a multidisciplinary approach to the coevolution and co-domestication of plants and humans. In this course, students will study plant evolution, physiology, biochemistry, and growth and their consequent effects on human society. Following an overview of plant biology, physiology, and ecology, the class will spend each week investigating a topic in plant biology through the lens of a particular set of plants, from cacao to apples. Prereqs: none for Bio 118; Bio 200 or instructor's permission for Bio 318.
A maximum of ten students from the combined class will be able to attend a Spring Break field study trip in Trinidad and Tobago (sponsored by the CPGC, KINSC, and HCAH) to study the social and botanical components of agriculture and plant life there. The trip will depart on Friday, March 9th and return on Saturday, March 17th (these dates are firm), spending a week examining the facets of plants and people in Trinidad and Tobago, including environmental, labor, and ecotourism aspects.
This year's study tour incorporates a documentary component, in engagement with Vicky Funari's class VIST353, "Advanced Media Production: The Documentary Body." Two spots on the tour will be designated specifically for students who will create a short documentary film engaging with the thematics of the study tour. Prereqs: one introductory production course or equivalent experience.
Applications are available here and due Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm
All travel expenses will paid for by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center, and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities.