Summer-in-South Asia Meeting Oct. 25

Students considering a career in foreign service or international work are encouraged to attend the Summer-in-South Asia informational meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A.

Summer-in-South Asia is a fairly new summer study abroad opportunity that stands out because it gives students a chance to see how a nation like Bangladesh is impacting poverty through international economics. This highly selective program is open to all majors and does not require any prerequisites.

Julie Flowerday, assistant professor of anthropology and Truman adviser for the program, is looking for seven Truman students that are highly motivated, have a good GPA and are thinking about careers in foreign service and international work.

This year the program is scheduled for coursework at Sewanee University (the University of the South) in Tennessee in May, and for travel to Cambodia and Bangladesh in June. In Cambodia, students will learn more about contemporary social problems like human trafficking and will visit sites of the killing fields used by Khmer Rouge.

“I never expected to see what I saw there,” Flowerday said of her own experiences in Cambodia. “I had traveled to impoverished areas before, but this was quietly worse.”

In Bangladesh, students will have a chance to witness firsthand how the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank are impacting women and rural poverty. They will see how small loans in specially adapted projects help women become entrepreneurs and in some cases change their life prospects from beggars to earners. There is also an option for students to take an additional four-week internship with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Spain or the Dominican Republic.

For additional details, contact Flowerday at

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