A 3 week hands-on Tropical Field Botany course in Kerala, India
will be led by Hendrix biology professor Ann Willyard. Students will be immersed in a primarily
agrarian society. They will explore many
issues including agricultural workers, the rights of people once assigned to
lower castes, and religious harmony among Kerala’s Hindus, Muslims, and
Christians.. Classes begin August 1 and end August 19. Two required pre-departure modules can be
completed on-line in June or July.
Tropical Field Botany (NS-L) [GA]An introduction to the native, agricultural, and medicinal plants
of the Old World tropics. Classroom and field work will include identification
of tropical plant families, plantation agriculture, and sustainable harvest of
medicinal plants. Visits with western, Ayurvedic, and tribal medical
practitioners will allow a comparison of how botanical resources are understood
and used in these different medical systems.
Courses are taught in Englis
The estimated cost
for 2013 is $3,200 plus airfare, but can vary depending upon number of
students. Program charges include
transportation, meals and lodging in India, emergency medical insurance, visa,
and field trips to places of natural and cultural interest.
Federal aid may apply. Students are encouraged to verify their situation through the Hendrix Financial Aid Office
Lodging will be in hotels near field sites in the towns of Kottayam, Kuttikanam, Munnar, Marayoor, and Cochin. Most meals will be in local restaurants, allowing students to choose among several menu options. The cuisine is excellent, featuring rice, freshly baked flat breads, local fruits, vegetables, and spices. In addition to fresh fish and various kinds of meat, vegetarian options are readily available. Western foods (e.g. hamburgers) are not sold in these small towns. Students should expect to eat only local food.
August 1-19, 2013.
Two required pre-departure modules can be completed on-line in June or July.
Applications due in the Office of
International Programs, SLTC 242, by November 5, 2012.
For More Information
Dr. Ann Willyard
Office Phone: (501) 450-1376