Spanning thousands of miles, and connecting the great Asian powers of China and India, the Himalayan region is among the most ecologically and culturally diverse parts of the world.
The Himalayan region — often referred to as the planet’s “third pole” because of the enormous volume of glacial ice that is so critical to its vast network of interconnected eco-regions and the people who live in them — is also one of the world’s most vulnerable.
This semester, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) will introduce a new online course exploring the complexities of this vital region, the challenges it faces, and how it can achieve a more sustainable future.
During the six-week course, “Himalayan Diversities: Environment, Livelihood and Culture
(F&ES738Eb),” students will be able to watch weekly lectures at their convenience, and also participate in weekly discussions with instructors. View the syllabus
The interdisciplinary course will explore the region’s diversity and interconnectedness through three lenses: the environment, livelihood, and culture.
“The Himalayan region is incredibly diverse in terms of its geology, but also in terms of its cultures, the way people live, the livelihoods they choose, the religions they follow, and of course its rich biodiversity,” said Alark Saxena
’15 Ph.D., the lead lecturer and director of the Yale Himalaya Initiative