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  • Locations: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Restrictions: MU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
This course will introduce students to the multicultural, hospitable people and tropical ecosystems of Malaysia.  We wilBrunei rainforestl explore the complexities between human civilization, biodiverse zones and the physical environment of the Malay Peninsula and Borneo.  We will consider the interactions of biological and geographic factors across the range of Malaysian subcultures; from the traditional Orang Ulu to urban, cosmopolitan
culture.   Students will experience the breadth of Malaysia’s culinary Petronas Towersofferings, traditional dance, weaving, cloth batiking, ethnic music, and artistic expressions. We will endeavor to explore human and environmental knowledge and challenges, from both a Western and authentically non-Western points of view.
Estimated Course Fees: $4,500

Faculty Biographies:

Erik Lindquist is Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Messiah College. His Ph.D. research at Ohio State University was completed in 1997, exploring questions of communication among "earless" tropical harlequin frogs.  He has devoted nearly 18 years to the conservation of the Panamanian golden frog and other endangered tropical amphibians. Erik has extensive experience in research, teaching, and service in Latin America. He believes that excellence in science and cross-cultural instruction must move beyond the passive learning environment into a learning space that is visual, auditory, and kinesthet's two chief goals in his professional life are to help students develop culturally relevant, intentional Christians lives of service, and to reveal the magnificence of natural ecosystems and human cultures. As a professor, he strives to make every effort to encourage students to become introspective by examining their lives, their faith, and their world and, as a result of this process he hopes that students develop character and a greater sense of meaning and fulfillment in life. During the course of his travels, Lindquist has developed a penchant for collecting peculiar cultural artifacts and for eating spicy ethnic foods.  He and his wife Molly have four children and extensively travel through Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific. 

Bernardo A. Michael is a professor of history and co-chair of the history department  at Messiah College where he has been working since 2001. He has lived and worked in South Asia and the United States. In addition to taking students on cross-culturals to Nepal, he also teaches courses on Asia, world history, and interdisciplinary historical research methods. At Messiah College, he has held administrative appointments as a Special Assistant to the President and Provost, for Diversity Affairs, Director of the Center for Public Humanities, and coordinator for the Ethnic and Area Studies program. He has a long standing interest in the history of the British colonization of the Indian subcontinent and its relationships with the Himalayan kingdom of Gorkha (present-day Nepal) and explored in his 2012 book Statemaking and Territory: Lessons of the Anglo-Gorkha War (1814-1816). His current research focuses on the life and legacy of the Anglican missionary, educator, and intercultural activist, Charles Freer Andrews (1871-1940).

Other Information:

Malaysia Borneo Syllabus 2019.pdf

Cultures and Ecosystems of Malaysia and Borneo Schedule 2017.pdf


Dates / Deadlines:

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This program is currently not accepting applications.