From Aug. 24 through Sept. 15, a group of University of Washington students will be engaged in a study abroad program in Aotearoa New Zealand. This program will visit important sites where North Island Māori communities and the New Zealand nation-state confronted – and continue to confront – issues of sovereignty, environment, and representation. We will interact with several Māori leaders, politicians, scholars, and activists as we learn about their experience with settler colonialism in this part of the Pacific. For more information about the program and the directors, Drs. Chris Teuton and Josh Reid, please visit the “About” page.

Students participating in this program will be contributing to a course blog. Through this online medium, they will introduce themselves and detail our experiences (with photos of this beautiful country), especially as they relate to the course readings and discussions. Please read and comment on their blog posts.