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LETU Computer Science Professor to Host Free Lecture on Teaching in Bhutan as Fulbright Scholar



baas-to-bhutan.jpgLeTourneau University computer science professor Dr. Brent Baas and his wife, Kathy, recently spent 10 months living in Bhutan where he taught at a technology college in a remote region of the south Asia country.

Taking a sabbatical from LeTourneau University allowed Brent and Kathy to live in Bhutan for the past year under a Fulbright teaching scholarship. 

They will share about their adventures during a free public lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Berry Auditorium (C101) in the Glaske Center for Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology at the LeTourneau University campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. in Longview.

Bhutan is a small Buddhist country nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, with China on the north and India on the south. The tiny country of Bhutan has a population less than Fort Worth, Texas, yet is bordered by the most heavily populated countries in the world.

Baas will discuss how “The Land of the Thunder Dragon” is ushering in the age of technology, adjusting in a time frame of years to advances which the Western world has had decades to adapt to.  He will also share how the only country in the world which can boast being “carbon negative” measures the success of its governance, not by GNP, but by GNH (Gross National Happiness). 

Rich in cultural tradition and strongly established in the Buddhist religion, Bhutan is greatly dependent on unity and conformity for survival between its neighboring giants.  Bhutan faces great opportunities and challenges as it opens itself to the world. 

The Baas’ will lecture share about some of the adventures and opportunities of living in a country where simplicity is valued, hot chilis are the key ingredient of most meals, and the people are gentle, gracious, and reserved, but welcoming of foreign visitors.

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