August 10, 2003 - University of Minnesota: Thailand RPCV Gerald W. Fry to teach class on "Understanding Southeast Asia"

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Thailand RPCV Gerald W. Fry to teach class on "Understanding Southeast Asia"

Thailand RPCV Gerald W. Fry to teach class on "Understanding Southeast Asia"

Understanding Southeast Asia
New U of M class

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus will offer a new course on “Understanding Southeast Asia - Intercultural / An Interdisciplinary Policy Perspective.” Beginning this Fall 2003, students and community may take the convenient Wednesday evening class (EdPA 3101 - 3 credits) from 5 to 7:40 p.m., at 335 Peik Hall.

The program helps students gain new insights into contemporary Southeast Asia, a region of fascinating diversity and complexity. The focus of the class will be through a cultural and policy-oriented approach to many issues. Case studies and critical incidents will be used to look at countries in both mainland and island Southeast Asia, including Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. A special segment on Hmong culture and society will also be included.

This course meets the social science core and international theme requirement of the University's Liberal Education requirements.

The course will be taught be Gerald W. Fry Ph.D., professor of International and Intercultural Education, Educational Policy and Administration since 2000.

Dr. Fry received his B.A. in economics with minors in German and Mathematics from Stanford University (1964). He received a M.P.A. in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton (1966). He earned his Ph.D. in International Development Education from Stanford (1977). He came to Minnesota in the fall of 2000.

Prior to doing his doctorate at Stanford, Dr. Fry was a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching at the newly established National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand. After completion of his doctorate, Dr, Fry served for four years as Program Officer and Project Specialist in the Office of Southeast Asia of the Ford Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. From 1980-1981 He was a visiting professor at Stanford's School of Education, and from 1981-2000 was in the Department of Political Science and International Studies Program at the University of Oregon. On several occasions he served as both Director of the International Studies and also Director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. From 1988-1999, he was Co-director of the Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies.

Dr. Fry's research interests include education and development; international education; intercultural education and training; education and inequality; the politics of education; and education in Southeast Asia, particularly, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Among his numerous books are Pacific Basin and Oceania, The International Education of Development Consultants, The International Development Dictionary, Evaluating Primary Education, and International Cooperative Learning.

For course information, contact: Dr. Gerald W. Fry at 612 - 624-0294 or email

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