Photojournalism and Cultural Pluralism in Agriculture

July 8 – July 29, 2017
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Understanding and communicating Namibia’s agricultural issues through word and illustration are necessary skills for communicators of such issues. Texas A&M University (TAMU) the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and local Namibian agribusinesses provide TAMU students with an international high-impact educational experience. Courses are enhanced with study trips to Etosha National Park, Mahango Wildlife Preserve, the Kalahari and Namib Deserts, and to Damara/Himba/Topnaar native villages to engage students in Namibia’s unique ecological and cultural heritage. Pre- and post-travel class meetings are held at TAMU’s College Station campus. Opportunities are available for partial funding. 

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Summer II Session:  July 5 – August 7, 2017

Course Travel Dates: July 8 – July 29, 2017

Costs: ~$5,500 + Airfare, Tuition and Fees

Courses (6 hours): AGCJ 308/ALED 422 

Eligibility: Undergraduate

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Scholarship Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Faculty Leader: Gary Wingenbach, Professor & Senior Scientist
Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications

Faculty Leader: Tracy Rutherford, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs
Professor, Agricultural Communications & Journalism

Faculty Leader: Tobin Redwine

Classes Offered:

AGCJ 308 – Agricultural Photography: This course explores digital photography as a component of career skills necessary for agricultural journalists and communicators. Students will participate in photo shoots and use photo editing software to enhance and improve digital photographs. A final portfolio will demonstrate skills learned and applied during the course (3 credits).

ALED 422 – Cultural Pluralism in AgricultureSelected topics on the diversity of human resources in agriculture; emphasis on working in a multicultural society and developing a sensitivity toward different cultures; explores the interrelationships between the contributions of diverse individuals, the state, nation and global success of agriculture.

Partners: Prairie View A&M University, and Desert Research Foundation of Namibia

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