LAUDER INTERCULTURAL VENTURES (LIVs)

The Lauder Intercultural Ventures (LIVs) provide an opportunity to road test earlier lessons on intercultural leadership in the context of a week-long off-site immersion and related pre-departure academic work. Each LIV, led by a faculty member, focuses on a theme relevant to the site’s historical, social, political, economic, and/or cultural context. LIVs are scheduled during Winter and Spring break, and each student will enroll in two LIV’s throughout their two years at Lauder. A LIV combines academic and experiential learning activities, and thus has contextual knowledge objectives (such as learning about environmental issues, consumption habits, religious studies, etc.) as well as field-based exercises and leadership development opportunities. We also welcome alumni to participate these intensive modules through a limited number of spaces.

Current Lauder LIVs Include:

  • Cuba
    A Society and an Economy in Transition
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    Cuba
    A Society and an Economy in Transition

    Learn about the causes and consequences of the Cuban Revolution and the implications of this historic event in contemporary Cuban society, and experience the consequences of economic reforms in everyday life.

    Click here to read about a Lauder student’s experiences in Cuba during an LIV.

    I had been to Cuba numerous times before returning with Cultural Ventures. Nonetheless, experiencing this complex and crazy country along with Lauder students, alumni, and professors and interacting with such an interesting array of Cubans was an unparalleled opportunity. All Lauder alumni should try a Ventures program!

    Nancy Kail, Class of ’89

    March 2 – 9, 2019. $3500 per person

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  • Denmark and Estonia
    Entrepreneurship in Action
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    Denmark and Estonia
    Entrepreneurship in Action

    Experience entrepreneurship in action, through this live comparison of two of the most vibrant countries for entrepreneurship in the European Union. You will contrast Denmark’s advanced industrial peninsula & vast archipelago of 443 islands with the striking biodiversity of Estonia on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, as well as the political support for entrepreneurship and nature of the entrepreneurial culture in both countries.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3200 per person

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  • Former Yugoslavia
    Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods in Bosnia and Serbia
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    Former Yugoslavia
    Rebuilding Lives and Livelihoods in Bosnia and Serbia

    This LIV will explore the culture, history and politics of two societies confronting several complex challenges: the turbulent transition from a planned economy to liberal capitalism, which all the countries of Eastern Europe experienced during the 1990s, and the most violent conflict the European continent had witnessed since the end of World War II.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3000 per person

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  • Israel
    Water Issues and Innovation
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    Israel
    Water Issues and Innovation

    Explore water in Israel in all its political, historical, communal, agricultural, technological, entrepreneurial, and business dimensions. Learn how this country has created innovative solutions in water recycling and conservation, clean technology, irrigation, public policy, investment, and resource management.

    Click here to read about student perspectives after visiting an international school in Tel Aviv.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3000 per person

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  • Madagascar
    Biodiversity and Cooperation
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    Madagascar
    Biodiversity and Cooperation

    This LIV considers the biodiversity of Madagascar as a starting point to examine aspects of biological and social evolution and organization. You will learn about concepts and themes from biology including the theory of social evolution in order to address issues of evolution of biodiversity in Madagascar and the impact of humans at all scales from local to global. You will be encouraged to link concepts to social and group dynamics.

    These trips are short, intense immersions into challenges off of the beaten path.  The topics vary; ours in Madagascar was on biodiversity and development and it was fascinating to not just read about the challenges but see them and speak to people on the ground trying to make a difference.  It was also a great opportunity to really engage with current Lauder students, who welcome the alumni to the eternally renewing supply of Lauder love.

    -Margaret Gorman, Class of 2004

    Click here to hear a current Lauder student Annabell Hillenbrand (WG’19) shares about her experience taking part in an LIV to Madagascar.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3500 per person

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  • Mongolia
    Social Impact from a Changing Environment
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    Mongolia
    Social Impact from a Changing Environment

    Mongolia is home to one of the few remaining populations of pastoral nomads, a legacy reflected in its open landscape and cultural production. Explore how this nomadic lifestyle is changing and adapting as more Mongolians move to cities, massive new mines bring new wealth and strong protests, and global climate change puts pressure on traditional practices.

    “Participating in the Mongolia LIV was a wonderful opportunity to explore a new culture and to stay connected with the Lauder community after graduation.”

    -Frank DeSimone, Class of ’15

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3000 per person

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  • Rapa Nui
    Learning from Easter Island’s Collapse
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    Rapa Nui
    Learning from Easter Island’s Collapse

    This course will explore the island’s ecological and human history, including the impact of early European and South American visitors on the native Rapa Nui population. Participants will also explore modern day issues, including controls on immigration, the effects of tourism, and sea level rise.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3500 per person. Alumni participation is not currently possible due to space limitations.

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  • Thailand
    Buddhism in Practice, Production, and Promotion
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    Thailand
    Buddhism in Practice, Production, and Promotion

    Thailand’s Buddhist population is 94.6%. This Venture will focus on how the doctrines and praxis of Buddhism pervades Thai society, historically, politically and economically. Through an exploration of art and architecture, trade markets, business, social work, and meditation, we will encounter the multifarious networks that make Buddhism in Thailand unique.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $2800 per person

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  • Zanzibar
    The History and Legacy of the Slave Trade
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    Zanzibar
    The History and Legacy of the Slave Trade

    This Venture in Zanzibar, an island situated at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean, will focus on the history of the slave trade and its abolition. You will learn about the legacies of slavery on contemporary Zanzibar, and examine the impact of international trade on this cosmopolitan and multicultural island.

    March 1 – 9, 2019. $3000 per person

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From our Alumni
I had been to Cuba numerous times before returning with Cultural Ventures. Nonetheless, experiencing this complex and crazy country along with Lauder students, alumni, and professors and interacting with such an interesting array of Cubans was an unparalleled opportunity. All Lauder alumni should try a Ventures program!
Nancy Kail (’89)
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From our Alumni
Participating in the Mongolia LIV was a wonderful opportunity to explore a new culture and to stay connected with the Lauder community after graduation.
Frank DeSimone (’15)
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From our Alumni
These trips are short, intense immersions into challenges off of the beaten path. The topics vary; ours in Madagascar was on biodiversity and development and it was fascinating to not just read about the challenges but see them and speak to people on the ground trying to make a difference. It was also a great opportunity to really engage with current Lauder students, who welcome the alumni to the eternally renewing supply of Lauder love.
Margaret Gorman (’04)
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LIV Application

Students will be asked to apply for a LIV that focuses on a theme of greatest interest to them. The Institute aims to meet student interest, but cannot guarantee first choices. Students will submit an application for participation in which they provide first, second, and third LIV choices and submit an application essay. Criteria for LIV assignments are: the quality of the academic rationale and the availability of slots. Once a LIV has been assigned, students will sign an agreement that commits them to participating in all the planned activities related to the LIV and to follow the policies. After signing the agreement, students cannot change their LIV.

Immersion Fees

The Lauder Institute provides a substantial subsidy for the cost of LIVs, but students should be prepared to cover some travel-related costs such as: visas, transportation to airport, vaccines, and meals. See Tuition & Aid for more information about financing a Lauder education.

Alumni Participation

The Lauder Institute invites Lauder alumni to travel with current students to one of the LIV destinations! Alumni have the opportunity to gain an understanding of interconnected global challenges through field experiences in locations around the world focused on complex social, economic, and business challenges. We will offer pre-departure activities and readings to familiarize participants with the content related to their destination. Alongside students, alumni will develop a contextual understanding of historical perspectives on international relations, economic reforms, political challenges, business trends, and contemporary cultural movements.

The estimated cost is $3,500 per person, although the cost will range depending on location. This fee covers accommodations and access to the lectures and visits. It would be adjusted for room sharing. This amount does not include airfare. Every effort will be made to accommodate your selection.

Faculty with expertise in the themes and locations lead the LIVs. Past faculty include:

  • Prof. Heather Sharkey (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)
  • Prof. Christopher Atwood (East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
  • Prof. Hocine Fetni (Deparment of Sociology)

Friday, February 8th is the deadline for alumni to sign up for an LIV. Spaces are limited.

If you have any further questions, please contact rochford@wharton.upenn.edu.

LIV Student Perspectives