Join us to learn about the Global Scholars Program in French Polynesia and Paris. Students who have completed the Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 course SCNC UN3001: Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Testing are eligible to apply to this program.
The GSP begins with an on campus spring semester course that focuses on the impact of nuclear testing on French Polynesia and compares it with what transpired on the Marshall Islands, where the indigenous population was also affected by nuclear testing performed by other nuclear weapons states. During this time, students will be assigned to teams, develop tools, and learn how to use the specific instruments needed to conduct field research. Following the spring seminar, students will spend part of the summer immersed in studying the French nuclear testing program in French Polynesia, both onsite and by visiting the Columbia Global Center in Paris. During this time, students will conduct and film interviews with nuclear testing survivors, government representatives, and activists in both locations in addition to producing a proposal for a radiological study of French Polynesia.