The recent tragic earthquake in Nepal thrust the small country of 25 million into the media spotlight, taking little time to reflect on the lives of those living in the damaged region. What is the existing political and cultural context into where this rebuilding effort will take place? What is the devastation and flood of aid money likely to alter? This course is a study of contemporary Nepal, particularly the valley around Kathmandu, drawing on a variety of perspectives of the region. It looks at the cultural, religious and political issues that will shape rebuilding efforts and asks how we can be more sensitive in our analysis of and response to such events. The course asks students to contribute actively in class discussion and in the design of the course. Evaluation will be based upon written work and class participation.