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CALL FOR TRAVELERS: Art & Science Conservation Safari in South Africa

Taught by Dr. Lucy Spelman, Offered by RISD Global Summer Studies

We invite artists, designers, and science communicators interested in biodiversity studies, endangered species protection, and human-animal-environmental health interactions to travel with us to South Africa for three weeks. Participants will gain a first-hand look at saving species from a problems/solutions perspective. They will also be challenged to use their art, design, and science communication skills to improve conservation outcomes.

REGISTRATION: January 16-April 8, 2018, go to http://gpp.risd.edu/gss18-southafrica

REQUIREMENTS: $1500 deposit, full tuition $6080 due by April 8

ELIGIBILITY: Open to students and recent graduates with a minor or major in art or who have completed at least one foundational studio art class and one additional studio class, or with a minor or major in science communication.

DATES: Travel in South Africa from June 17-July 7 CREDITS 3 Liberal Arts (may be applied to NCSS.) Non-RISD students can request academic credit through their institutions, optional.

LOCATIONS: The itinerary includes two weeks at the Bushwise Field School near Hoedspruit https://www.bushwise.co.za/ and five days at the University of Pretoria Southern African Wildlife College campus http://www.wildlifecollege.co.za/ at the edge of Kruger National Park.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Participants will learn the scientific concepts and methods used to study and monitor wildlife populations, including camera trapping, direct observation, and photography. They will have a rare opportunity to hear from a variety of experts about five of South Africa’s most pressing problems: 1) habitat destruction by elephants; 2) wildlife trade involving pangolins; 3) wildlife trade involving rhinos; 4) wildlife poisoning, especially of vultures; and, 5) infectious disease transmission between domestic and wild animals and people. They will then select from among these conservation challenges, explore the problem in depth, and collaborate to produce original works of art or design that inspire conservation action. The results will be shared with local audiences and will serve as a major project for course credit.

CONTACT: Questions or for a copy of the syllabus contact Lucy Spelman (401) 924-4994 lspelman@risd.edu