Yesterday we learned that a University of Michigan professor was responsible for the US's colonization of the Philippines. He wanted to learn more about the flora and fauna in Palawan and other rural so he lobbied to keep the Philippines under American rule. And for that, our independence!
The first U of M students to visit the Philippines in 1887. A hundred twenty three years later, we'll be sporting visors and sun-block instead of rifles.
IEDP 2010 is a course offered by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. There are twenty-five of us in the class, and we will spend 7 weeks this semester learning about development-related policy issues in the Philippines – including economics, governance, health, human rights, and urban development. We will be traveling to the Philippines for a week at the beginning to March to meet with various policymakers and stakeholders. Please join us as we embark on our journey!