On May 24, Caitlin Burnett and four other UNH undergraduates will travel to Bhutan and, working alongside five students from the Royal Thimphu College, spend two weeks looking at that smaller picture by talking with people about the impact environmental changes have had on their lives. Then in July, the international team will visit Norwich, Vermont, and undertake the same kind of analysis. Their stories will be woven into co-curated exhibits at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, and the Folk Heritage Museum in Thimphu, Bhutan, collaborators of the project along with UNH and Bhutan college.
Caitlin shares: "as an anthropology major, I’m fascinated by stories of lived experiences. I think you can get a lot of quantitative data about different issues but numbers have much less meaning when they aren’t within the context of qualitative human culture,” Burnett says. “I’m especially interested by the stories of climate change. I think that those stories allow more people to see the changes that are happening to our environment, and maybe understand how they affect everyday people.”
Read the full story about the 2017 Summer study abroad program Anthropology Major Caitlin Burnett is participating in.