Anthropological Summer Study Abroad

If you missed out on the trip to Jordan but are still looking for a way to learn anthropology this summer, here is a welcome piece of news.  Note the rapidly approaching deadline!


“I am with the Himalayan Health Exchange, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization that works in the remote Western Himalayan regions of Northern India.  Since 2003 we have offered a three-week summer anthropological field school.  Our program is very comprehensive and provides an unforgettable and highly productive learning experience for students of anthropology as well as other disciplines.  This summer, from June 24-July 15, 2012, we include one week participation in a medical mission travelling through the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Participants will observe some of the challenges to health and health care delivery in the area. Students will have an intensive and immersive experience in a remarkable cultural region composed of multiple, distinct communities.  The logistics and curriculum are carefully planned by H.H.E.  Students practice yoga daily and receive substantive lectures (from multiple, professional instructors and the organization’s founder) on topics such as: cultural and environmental aspects of health and medicine, comparative religious beliefs and practices, and the history and development of the region.  Students also learn some basics in visual anthropology and how to employ appropriate anthropological perspectives and techniques while in the field.

This really is an incredible program and life experience.  We would appreciate it if applicants would contact us by April 15, 2012 so that we can complete our planning for this year.”

Hilarie Kelly, Ph.D.

Anthropology Department, California State University, Long Beach

Trip Coordinator, Anthropology Lecturer for Spiti Field School

For questions and further information, please contact Dr. Jill White at or

Interested in Zen?

Dr. Von Dras has extended an invitation to the broader campus community to visit his Spirituality and Development class on March 2 at 5:15.  It is an opportunity to hear Rick Stirr, current leader of the Madison Zen Center and a student of Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center.  Roshi Kjolhede is the Dharma heir of Roshi Phillip Kapleau, author of “The Three Pillars of Zen.” 

The presentation will be an introduction to Zen practice using Seng Ts-an’s “Affirming Faith in Mind.”

It promises to be a very interesting evening, and we don’t even have to drive to Madison for it!  If you would like to check it out, come to MAC 103 and be sure to leave some of the desks for the actual students.