Why Study Water in Central Eurasia?
Water in Central Eurasia is an interdisciplinary cycle of undergraduate courses and linked experiential learning activities funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. We invite Pitt students from business, engineering, the social sciences and the humanities to engage with the vast and diverse aqua region of Central Eurasia. The thematic concentration on water introduces students to the contemporary significance of this topic and cultivates interdisciplinary knowledge while providing an excellent lens into a rapidly changing world region that has been a focal point of world history and is at the center of twenty-first century geopolitics and global economy. The Water in Central Eurasia courses are constructed along mutually supporting trajectories: encouraging students to think about water issues on new terrain and to explore a pivotal area of the world, while addressing an issue they know to be of global urgency—the need for clean, sustainable water sources.