Past Mansfield International Development Forums

Spring 2014

Ecotourism and Sustainable Development:  The Case of Mango Bay Resort in Vietnam.

Teresa Sobieszczyk

Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Led by Dr. Teresa Sobieszczyk of the Department of Sociology
In her talk, Dr. Sobieszczyk will present two sociological approaches to sustainable development and an evaluation of the Vietnamese government's approach to sustainable development to date. She will conclude by presenting a case of free trade environmentalist sustainable development–-Mango Bay Resort, on Phu Quoc Island—which provides an alternative for Vietnam in the face its failure thus far to promote sustainable development along policy reformist lines. The case study is based on data she gathered in Vietnam as a Fulbright Scholar in 2012-13.

Fall 2013

A Luta Continua: Transnational Competence and Transmigration Health Challenges

Peter KoehnThursday, November 12, 2013

Led by Dr. Peter Koehn of the Political Science Department

Peter Koehn gave a stimulating talk on promoting health care in an era of transmigration at the Mansfield Faculty Forum on International Development November 12th. In A Luta Continua: Transnational Competence and Transmigration Health Challenges, Dr. Koehn discussed the serious health challenges newcomers face when they arrive in foreign lands. For those fleeing conflict, the first and most deadly killer is the flight itself, yet all transmigrants confront mental and physical ailments both chronic and infectious that arise out of reception circumstances. Dr. Koehn illustrated how the application of the transnational-competence framework he developed with James Rosenau can promote health care in an era of increasing transmigration. The lecture is part of an on-going series designed to create cross-departmental dialogue on development and international issues among UM faculty.