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Magee to Lead Summer Program in Mongolia


This summer, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee will be teaching an interdisciplinary field school in Mongolia in partnership with the American Center for Mongolian Studies.

During the three-week program, Magee will co-teach a class on “Mongolia’s Energy Transition” with Royal Roads University Professor of Business Administration Charles Krusekopf. The two will focus on renewable power development including solar, wind and hydroelectric power for both local and regional use.

The field school program also features two other courses. Director of NOMAD Science Julia Clark will lead a course titled “Northern Mongolia Salvage Archeology and Public Engagement,” which will combine academic and anthropological archeology with cultural heritage tourism and public anthropology. Macalester College Professor of Geography Holly Barcus will teach “Migrants, Migrations and Contemporary Livelihoods in Mongolia,” a course examining rural-urban migration in Mongolia and exploring both the reasons people move to urban areas and the reasons people remain in rural areas.

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and lifelong learners interested in exploring field research techniques and participating in research and activities that highlight the history, culture and environment of Mongolia.

All three courses will be held July 29 through Aug. 16, 2019 and will start and conclude in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Tuition is $2,900 and includes meals, transportation, housing, instruction and site visits. While the priority deadline has passed, several spots remain in the program. The final application deadline is April 30.

A significant number of scholarships are available based on merit and need through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the Foundation’s earliest work honored his parents, missionary educators in China. The Foundation advances its mission through grant making and leadership programs in the fields of Asia, higher education, religion and theology, art and public policy. HWS received a $400,000 grant from the Luce Foundation in 2011 in support of expanding Asian environmental studies at HWS and across other liberal arts campuses, an initiative directed by Magee.

Magee has lived and worked in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His research and teaching address water, energy, large-scale hydropower and other water infrastructure and waste issues including the specific problems of electronic waste. He holds a Ph.D. in geography and an M.A. in China studies from the University of Washington, along with a B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in French from Louisiana State University. He joined the HWS faculty in 2008.