Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Sojourn Begins...(Mon 03/16/09)

For most of us, today marks the first day spent in the fascinating island-city-state of Singapore! Even though our journey to Singapore left us very jet-lagged, we were nevertheless filled with excitement and great anticipation to start our sojourn. Since most of us stepped off flights that landed on Singaporean soil between 2am-3am, to say that we were happy to officially start the course later in the afternoon would be an understatement.

Prof. Michael Orbach launched the course with an orientation lecture at the School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore (NUS):

A country with a unique history, political economy, biophysical environment and multicultural blend of inhabitants, Singapore provides an ideal setting for us to explore the relationship between cultural values and attitudes and their manifestations in laws and policies for natural resources management. Student interest for course projects includes the role of religion in conservation, attitudes towards environmental advocacy and governance of the aquaculture industry. As we closed our session, the room was filled with optimism and excitement for the journey on which we are about to embark...

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