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Still Time to Take a Hike

6 Mar

There’s still time to join Prof. Shepherd (and others!) for a casual hike in beautiful Shenandoah, “Big Schloss” to be exact.  We promise it looks much prettier than it sounds.

This is a different location than where we go for the fall hike; we want you to really see the world.

If you haven’t signed up yet, do it now, or forever live with regret.

When:  Saturday, March 24th.  The bus will leave the UHP office (714 21st Street) at 9 am, and be back to GW by 5.30 pm.

To signup: Drop off $5 cash at the UHP office.  Tell us your name, too.

Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, March 20th at 5pm.

It’s the Spring Hike! [Hike]

24 Feb

Prof. Shepherd leads the expedition!  Join him for a casual hike in beautiful Shenandoah — specifically, “Big Schloss.”  We promise it looks much prettier than it sounds.

This is a different location than where we go for the fall hike; we want you to really see the world.

Your $5 ticket buys you: Transportation! Light breakfast! Lunch! Views of nature! Exploration! Adventure! Camaraderie! Probably some cookies! The possibility of spotting bigfoot! The less likely possibility of befriending bigfoot! The highly likely possibility of walking on top of a mountain! Access to a real, live anthropologist! More!

When:  Saturday, March 24th.  The bus will leave the UHP office (714 21st Street) at 9 am, and be back to GW by 5.30 pm.

To signup: Drop off $5 cash at the UHP office.  Tell us your name, too.

Deadline to sign up: Tuesday, March 20th at 5pm.

Info Session for Summer Trip to China

6 Feb

Information Session this Friday for a Summer Field Program in China:

Heritage, Tourism, and Development on China’s Ethnic Frontiers

June 10th – July 1st, 2012


If you are interested in learning more about this program, Professor Shepherd will host an information session this Friday, February 10th, from 2:30 until 3:30 pm in the Conference room of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Suite 503, 1957 E Street.

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Do Research for Prof. Shepherd, get 1-Credit! [Research Assistantship]

31 Aug

This just in from our very own Professor Shepherd:

Researcher: Chinese Heritage Policies

This position involves background research for a book project on the politics, practice, and purposes of cultural heritage preservation in China. The research assistant will conduct Chinese language database searches for Chinese government documents including policy papers, laws, and regulations; collect articles written by Chinese scholars on cultural heritage, cultural preservation, and museums in China; and briefly summarize in a paragraph the primary main arguments and subjects of each piece of data. The historical scope of the project is from 1911 until the present, with an emphasis on contemporary issues.

This position requires a very high level of literacy in Chinese and a minimum average of about three hours per week, though each week will vary.  We will also meet bi-weekly to discuss findings.

In addition to receiving 1 academic credit, the successful candidate will also be acknowledged in the published version of this work, a monograph in a series by Springer Press that is co-sponsored by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an international body affiliated with UNESCO.

Email Professor Shepherd at rshepher@gwu.edu if you’re interested.

Travel in cultural Tibet this summer for credit!

5 Mar

Professor Shepherd will lead this one-credit field research program experience from May 29th to June 18th, 2010. Students will spend several days in Beijing visiting cultural sites in and around the city such as the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. After traveling by train to Lanzhou, they’ll travel overland through the Amdo and Kham regions of historic Tibet. Stop at the Tibetan pilgrimage town of Xiahe, site of Labrang Monastery, a key intellectual center for the Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Then continue by road to the Tibetan towns of Langmusi and Songpan via Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Parks. Throughout, you’ll have access to expert knowledge of ethnicity, identity and social change on china’s cultural frontiers. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


The research fee of approximately $2,240 covers all lodging in China, local transportation in Beijing and in the field, rail and flight tickets within the country, admission fees to cultural sites, most meals, supplementary insurance, and all costs associated with the overland travel package.
Space is extremely limited, so apply now! Some of the journey will be rough, so applicants should be in good physical shape.

For more information contact:
Dr. Robert Shepherd [Anthropology Department]; rshepher@gwu.edu
Program Blog: chinaborderlands@blogspot.com

GWU Study-Abroad Application: http://studyabroad.gwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=0600717D4F767005010172000E1F04010D0F1B010E08066B7200720E740175060673077377740A73&Type=O&sType=O