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Gordon Blackadder

Reflections on the recent UK election in LeafnBean: your weekly dose of American, British and other politics 2 years ago
November 10th, 2013

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, I am a PhD student in the Physics program at Brown. Outside of astrophysics, my interests include world politics, American public policy, and tea. 

Danielle Johnstone

Wearing History on Your Face: what the... in Contemporary African Issues 3 years ago
February 11th, 2011

A recent graduate of Brown, Danielle concentrated in international relations and literary arts. She grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, where her family still resides. 

Danielle is on the curriculum development team at the Choices Program. Choices designs curricula for secondary school social sciences education. The goal of the Program is to provide students with the skills to become engaged and effective citizens in the 21st century. 

The views expressed in pieces by this author are personal to her and do not reflect...

Andy Blackadar

Rethinking History: At Look at the... in Just One Question 3 years ago
October 4th, 2010

Andy Blackadar is the director of curriculum development for the Choices Education Program at Brown University where he leads the curriculum development team. Andy also is a research associate at the Watson Institute for International Studies. Andy is a former high school teacher and administrator with eight years of experience teaching in the United States and Brazil. Prior to joining the Choices Program, Andy was the Project Manager for the Humanitarianism and War Project at the Watson Institute where he managed the project and contributed research on the nature of warfare in the...

Abby Plummer

Finishing Up at Masdar in Brown International Scholars Program 2013 4 years ago
July 9th, 2013

Hello! I am a Mathematical Physics concentrator from the class of 2015 and I will be doing research at Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE this summer! I'm interested in ways people are using science to solve environmental problems.

Nicholas Carter

Documentary to Screen at Cine+Más SF in Street Sounds: Exploring Afro-Colombian Música Callejera 4 years ago
October 15th, 2011

As a recent graduate in the Department of Anthropology, Nicholas is highly interested in Latin American social and political movements, the relationship between art and political society, ethnography, filmmaking, and video production. In 2009-2010, he spent a year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied Argentine history, film, and society, and furthermore developed an interest in the anthropology of music. As an AT&T New Media Fellow in 2012, he traveled to Colombia to explore Afro-Colombian history and identity as expressed through música callejera (street music...

Dominic Mhiripiri

Zimbabwe: Where Elections Have Ended,... in Contemporary African Issues 4 years ago
February 7th, 2011

My writing here covers a few of the things I find interesting: Africa, economic development, finance. I also love playing soccer and reading good books.

Guy Edwards

Latin American countries attempt to... in Brown’s Climate and Development Lab 4 years ago
December 6th, 2010

Research Fellow, Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University. Currently managing a research project focused on Latin America and climate change with Professor Timmons Roberts. Follow me on Twitter:!/guyedwards

Noah Elbot

The Contemporary Aftershocks of China... in Dragon or Phoenix: a look at Institutions and Economic Growth in East Asia 4 years ago
October 3rd, 2012

Noah is member of the Brown class of 2014, studying Economics and East Asian Studies.  He is currently studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as part of the Brown Plus One program.

Valeria Fantozzi

My wifi-less life is finally over! in Brown International Scholars Program 2013 4 years ago
June 11th, 2013

Hi! My name is Valeria Fantozzi and I'm double majoring in Architectural Studies and Development Studies. This summer, I will be doing my thesis research about earthquake reconstruction in Chincha, Peru, a rural area located about three hours away from the capital city. I will be focusing on the materials and methods of construction and their relation to the socioeconomic background of the people living in the area. I am very interested in earth architecture, so I will also be talking to experts on the subject. In the fall of 2013, I will be coming back to Brown to write my research about...

Almirah Radio

A Living Language: Meena Kandasamy on... in Brown-India Initiative 4 years ago
December 1st, 2012

Almirah is an Anglo-Indian word meaning cabinet or wardrobe; here it represents a vessel of possibility, tasked to hold stories, encounters, moments.

Almirah Radio produces sound, multimedia, and print pieces on social and cultural issues in contemporary India. Our interests range from urbanization, citizenship and environmental change to emerging art and creative discourse. Through investigative features, longform interviews, and artistic shorts, we aim to make media that is surprising and idiosyncratic--true to the nature of human interaction--and inspires...

Hayward Leach

Week One: Finding my Place in Brown International Scholars Program 2013 4 years ago
February 1st, 2013

Hi! I'm a junior Comparative Literature concentrator and Mellon Mays Fellow from Brooklyn, NY. During the spring semester of 2013, I will be studying at the University of Havana in Havana, Cuba. I am interested in Cuban literature and arts, especially dance and theater. While abroad, I will also complete a GLISP project with Professor Dzidzienyo in the Africana Department. I am thrilled to share my adventures in Cuba with the Global Conversations community. 

Luis Campos

Futbol Fever: Living the Passion of a... in Brown International Scholars Program 2012 4 years ago
August 18th, 2011

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The Editors

Institute for Nonviolence:... in Global Conversationalist 4 years ago
July 29th, 2010

Curating the Global Conversation is a group of student editors and media assistants that changes from year to year. Current editors are Dominic Mhiripiri '13 and Harpo Jaeger '14. Past editors and media assistants have included Kai Herng Loh '13, Kaori Ogawa '12, Steven Ellis '11, Michela Fitten '11, Eric Johnson '11, Ryan Lester '12, Tyler Lowell '13, and Daniela Postigo '11.

Sarah Forman

Midnight cab rides, à la Marocaine in Musings on Morocco 4 years ago
January 28th, 2012

My name is Sarah Forman '13, and I'm double-concentrating in Middle East Studies and Chemistry. Through my Arabic studies, I've managed to develop a passion for all things Tunisian, and I finally had the chance to visit the country for the first time this March. In the fall of 2012, I'll be back for a semester-long study abroad program.

James Austin Whittaker II

The Cost of Doing Business:... in Dragon or Phoenix: a look at Institutions and Economic Growth in East Asia 4 years ago
October 5th, 2012

Austin is a member of the Brown class of 2014 majoring in International Relations-Global Political Economy. He is currently studying abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Urmila Chadayammuri

Loose Ends in Brown International Scholars Program 2011 4 years ago
October 4th, 2010

I spent summer of 2011 working with a cosmologist in Moscow, developing a dark energy model to better describe the Universe. That's the part you probably don't care about. But that got me into how various regimes in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia have affected the scene of science research and education. Since then, I've asked the same question on trips to Germany (March 2012) and Italy (June 2012), and will again in Scotland this winter.

Nathan Einstein

Callused Hands of the Mexico City... in Transit-Oriented Development: Mexico and Me 4 years ago
June 1st, 2012

A native of the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., I considered myself a connoisseur of congestion and sprawl until touring Mexico City for a week last summer. After graduating this spring in political science (comparative politics) and economics, I returned to el Monstruo, where I'll be living through the end of the year while interning with the Centro de Transporte Sustentable-EMBARQ, a transport and urban development policy institute that works closely with the public and private sectors throughout Mexico.

Hilary Rosenthal

Where In The Devil...? in The Plight of the Tasmanian Devil: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biodiversity 4 years ago
December 20th, 2010

“A good traveller is one who does not know the destination, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.” – Lin Yutang

Hi, I'm Hilary-- I'm originally from New York City, currently reside in the small island nation of Cayman, and go to school in New England, but I consider myself someone who can adapt to anywhere, and if I'm not roaming for too long I feel uneasy. I enjoy photography, film, fashion, music, the ocean, road trips, good stories and good books. Henry David Thoreau is my idol, but not my only one. I'm a senior at Brown University concentrating in...

Linh Dao

So now it's over. Or is it? in Education Revisited & Becoming a Stranger 5 years ago
May 29th, 2012

I'm a rising senior from Hanoi, Vietnam who concentrates in Development Studies. This summer, I received the Jack Ringer Fellowship to do research on Vietnamese and Cambodian shadow education system. This is also the last summer I could spend as a coming Brown student, thus I will try to relate my summer experience and the rest of my Brown life to hopefully come up with some post-Brown plan...

Felice Feit

On Being Tunisian in Post-Revolution & Transition: Tunisia Today 5 years ago
May 15th, 2012

In addition to my travel blog, which focuses more on pictures and what I see, I will be posting select musings of my time in Tunisia on Global Conversation.

Austin Miller

National Government Eliminates Subway... in Equity and Transportation in Buenos Aires 5 years ago
June 25th, 2012

Since leaving my small hometown in the midwestern United States, I have studied anthropology, history and politics. Specifically while in Holland, I studied gender and urban space, which prepared me for my research under Professor Lutz on the political economy and culture of the car around the globe. I will be continuing this research in the summer of 2012 on-site in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My specific areas of interest include the sociology and history of labor, gender and sexuality, resistance movements, mobility, urbanism and community organizing.

Katie Gannett

Transitioning to the Global GRS Team in A Global View of the Grassroot 5 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Katie recently graduated from Brown, where she double-concentrated in Development Studies and English and competed for 4 years on the women's soccer team.  During her sophomore year, she became introduced to the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), which involves using sport to engage young populations vulnerable to such threats as HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse, and ethnic violence in educational and health programs, so that they might better respond to the daily challenges they face.  She spent the summer after her sophomore year working at a camp in...

Carolina Barry Laso

On a hopeful note in Territories of Peace: Democratizing favelas in Rio de Janeiro 5 years ago
May 21st, 2012

I am originally from Galicia, a northwest region of Spain. I studied for two years in Costa Rica in the United World College of Costa Rica. In my junior year at Brown I took the fall semester abroad and went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I became very engaged with the culture and during the six months I spent there I became involved with several issues, particularly with the practice of democracy in the favelas. This summer I won the Swearer Centre scholarship to come back and work on that same topic hoping to achieve and learn from the process that few of these communities that have been "...

Tram Bui

Ben Tre Clinic Day 2: Crowd Control,... in Rural Health in Vietnam 5 years ago
May 24th, 2011

I am a rising junior concentrating in Global Development Studies and Biology. As a Jack Ringer Fellow, I am returning to Vietnam to work with Project Vietnam Foundation, an NGO that provides immediate healthcare assistance to rural regions of Vietnam while working on long-term healthcare policy. I will be initiating a screening program in the rural province of Can Gio and working in clinics throughout Ben Tre. I will end the summer with SEALNet's Project Vietnam '12, a service project utilizing art and movement to create social awareness regarding (dis)ability rights in Vietnam. Have...

Koji Masutani

Be Castro in Just One Question 5 years ago
March 17th, 2011

Koji Masutani is a Visiting Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. He is director of Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived, a documentary on national leadership in time of crisis. Koji holds a BA in International Relations from Brown (Class of 2005).

Evan Schwartz

Food Tour of Vietnam in Bustle, Bánh Mì, and Big Questions 5 years ago
May 18th, 2012

I am rising senior who asks too many big questions and who loves good food. Big questions and food, along with my Independent Concentration called Education & Political Economy, have led me to Vietnam for the summer. 

At Brown, I work as a coordinator of Independent Studies and Independent Concentrations and I try to stir up a good kind of trouble with the Brown Conversation. In and outside of classes I am interested in how education fits into the broader context of society, politics, and economics (see the blog description for how this relates to Vietnam).

Rexy Josh Dorado

Part IV: Love, Above All Else in Curicica: mobilization, urbanization & community identity in Rio de Janeiro 5 years ago
May 31st, 2011

"Let us be, first and above all, kind, and then honest, and then let us never forget each other." - Fyodor Dostoevsky.

In brief: Dumaguete born, Cleveland raised. Brown 2014. Inspiration finds me in rooftops, igloos, and sun-struck water; architecture, literature, and social sciences; warm hearts and kind faces. I live for a freer world.

Having worked in Rio de Janeiro this past summer, writing articles and mapping issues and assets of traditionally neglected favela communities, I've come to find my nebulous interests in human development, community mobilization,...

Maia Chao

Radio Exchange in Community Radio in Guatemala: Legalization efforts and impact on Mayan rights and identity 5 years ago
June 5th, 2011

I am a senior concentrating in Cultural Anthropology. This summer I am beginning my thesis research on indigenous rights in Guatemala, examining the impact of Mayan community radio on the local level, and efforts toward its legalization. 

Rie Ohta

Hey there, Potential Future Life Plan in And this is crazy: Vulnerable Populations in Senegal 5 years ago
June 15th, 2011

Hi! I'm a rising junior from Yokohama, Japan, concentrating in Development Studies. This summer I am going to Mali with Prof. Michelle Bach-Coulibaly to participate in her Summer program for the Arts and conduct research surrounding issues of malnutrition. I am taking leave next semester to work for Habitat for Humanity in Dakar, Senegal. My interests include LGBTQ issues, HIV/AIDS, and, always, dance. :]


Hello again. Now, almost a year later, I'm half-a-junior, still concentrating in DS,...

Rich Ramirez

Project Background: How I Became... in The Royce Fellowship 2012 5 years ago
August 11th, 2012

Rich Ramirez is a 2012.5 senior studying Political Science at Brown University. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Rich is a proud fifth generation Texan. Since attending Brown, his areas of research and study have centered on public education, city government, political speech writing, and constitutional law. His professional experience includes stints in government on both the federal and city levels, as well as with political campaigns. In March of 2012, Rich was awarded a Royce Fellowship through the Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service.

In the summer of...

Maya Manning

Discovery #4: Dorm living in the jungle in Bugs, Sweat, and Tea 5 years ago
June 8th, 2012

Maya Manning is a Cognitive Neuroscience concentrator at Brown University with an expected graduation year of 2014. Since spring 2011 she has been a member of St. Anthony Hall, a co-ed literary fraternity at Brown. In her sophomore year she was a research assitant at the Britton Lab and helped research the effects of meditation on cognition, emotion, and phyisology. Outside of Brown she has participated in french and spanish immersion trips, created and edited websites, and worked for B Lab, the non-profit that certifies B Corporations which are for-profit companies that are socially and...

Rebecca Wolinsky & Jesse McGleughlin

More BRYTE Camp Updates in BRYTE Summer Camp: Combatting Summer Learning Loss 5 years ago
June 20th, 2012

Becca Wolinsky and Jesse McGleughlin

Becca Wolinsky:

Hi! I'm a rising junior at Brown University from Houston, TX.  At Brown, I am concentrating in Africana Studies and Community Health.  In addition to some other things, I tutor Samson, a five year old boy from Eritrea, through an organization of campus called BRYTE, the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment organization.  I first started working with refugees in high school, in which I ran two refugee after school programs, and when I came to Brown, I knew I wanted to do BRYTE.  This summer, I am...

Nazli Ozerdem and Matt Block

Final Post from Destination in Project Iceland: Matt Block and Nazli Ozerdem 5 years ago
June 5th, 2012

Project Iceland: Creating a Collaborative Installation

We are couple who met at Brown. Matt '13 is a jazz musician from Philly and is concentrating in Music and History. Nazli '14 is a Brown-RISD dual degree student from Istanbul, Turkey concentrating in Art History (Brown) and Painting (RISD). (See Portfolio). We received a joint BISP Fellowship '12 to spend the summer in Iceland. We are living in Reykjavik and will be travelling...

Rahel Dette

Before the Dawn of Ramadan (Preliminary... in Tunisian Times 5 years ago
June 7th, 2012

Three years at Brown of Political Science, Middle East Studies, conflict resolution work on Israel/Palestine, work with international students at Brown, refugee families in Providence, the Writing Fellows program and more have passed, and I cannot quite believe it. Brown feels like home now, but my real home is Berlin, Germany. 6 years ago, I first moved abroad to study at a United World College in Wales. Here, I will write about a project that everything in my life has culminated in (for now): tourism and constitutionalism in Tunisia. Unexpected? Well, what in this world isn't...

Jocelyn West

Small Lessons from Everyday Living in Olympic Spirit in the Developing World: Dominica P.L.A.Y.S. 5 years ago
May 20th, 2012

I am a member of the class of 2013 at Brown, and for my last summer as an undergraduate, I have received the Royce Sport and Society Fellowship.  I am so grateful for the chance to pursue an adventure that has, until now, been but a lifelong dream.  I will spend most of my summer in the Commonwealth of Dominica, a Caribbean island country of about 70,000 people.  I was born on the island 20 years ago while my father was in medical school at Ross University.  I have always sought a way to return to Dominica and make my dual citizenship more meaningful.  My...

Valerie Bondura

Winning and Losing No Matter Where You... in Brown International Scholars Program 2012 5 years ago
June 26th, 2012

I'm a senior at Brown double concentrating in Archaeology and the Ancient World and Latin American Studies, with a heavy background in political philosophy. I'm most interested in the construction of personal, community, and national narratives and identities through archaeology and history. I strongly believe in the usefulness of comparative study and the unification of a wide variety of disciplines to examine a single issue or question. I'm hoping to continue my studies at the graduate level to explore all of this further. Currently, I'm engaged in the research and composition of my...

Sofia Quesada

Arriving to Beautiful Antigua and A... in Peacebuilding in Guatemala 5 years ago
June 26th, 2012

I am a recent graduate in International Relations and Middle East Studies. Originally from Costa Rica, I look forward to travelling back to beautiful Central America this summer. I will be working in Guatemala, where I will contribute to the work of Peacebuilding in las Americas, an organization partnering with a number of local institutions to offer Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) workshops and community-based trauma healing workshops to the local community. I am grateful to the Swearer Center International Fellowship for sponsoring this work. 

Amanda Chew Qian Yi

African and Asian Mangoes in Afro-Asiatic in Kenya 5 years ago
July 2nd, 2012

Hello world, I am Amanda Chew. 

I like to watch and smell the earth in the beginnings of a storm, I like to dance barefooted in the ground. 

I am a rising junior, pursuing Math-Computer Science Sc.B at Brown. I am passionate in the intersection of the fields Women, Technology, Social Change. I believe in education and technology in empowering silent minorities (eg women, youths) with a voice.

I am in Nairobi, Kenya this summer 2012 to teach 3D Animation (my work) to youths in the slums...

Le Tran

It's the Tofu in Brown International Scholars Program 2012 5 years ago
June 27th, 2012

I've had the privilege of calling the two cities I am absolutely, irreversibly in-love with my homes: Sai Gon, Viet Nam, and Oakland, California. Concentrating in Sociology and Ethnic Studies, my research focuses on the narratives of people often excluded from conversations that are most pertinent to their realities and experiences. At Brown, I have been involved in projects looking at how socioeconomic status relates to self-esteem for students at elite colleges and the relationship Rhode Island youth with incarcerated parents have with public school district's performance overall....

My Dang

Chopping Wind in Two Generations After the Vietnam War 5 years ago
June 3rd, 2012

I am a rising senior pursuing an ScB. in Human Biology with a focus on Global Health. After spending my childhood in a small German town, I finally left home to go to an international school in Wales for 2 years, and then somehow ended up in Providence, Rhode Island. It was at Brown that first I met and befriended other second-generation Vietnamese immigrants. As a Royce Fellow this summer, I will be investigating public and personal knowledge of the Vietnam War in both North and South Vietnam. I hope to understand how this knowledge shapes various perceptions of Vietnamese identity at...

Spencer Fields

Can Bolivia benefit from a potential... in Brown’s Climate and Development Lab 5 years ago
October 14th, 2011

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Spencer Fields is a member of the Class of 2012 at Brown University, dual concentrating in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies.  He is a researcher for the Climate and Development Lab research group, investigating issues of climate justice and climate finance, with a specific focus on issues related to the Least Developed Countries and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Emily Kirkland

Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change... in Brown’s Climate and Development Lab 5 years ago
May 18th, 2011

I'm a rising junior concentrating in Economics and Latin American studies. Although I'm interested in environmental issues in general, I've always been particularly fascinated by climate change. Global warming is one of the most urgent problems facing the world today, and it touches upon everything from atmospheric physics to international relations. Last December, I traveled to Cancun with a Brown delegation in order to blog about the UN climate negotiations. This summer, I'll be making my way to Peru, where I'll be researching adaptation to climate change in local communities.

Renata Sago

A succulent taste of carnival in Kréyol Seasoning: A taste of Guadeloupe, the butterfly island in the Caribbean 5 years ago
February 9th, 2012

Since graduating from Brown in 2010 with a Bachelors in International Relations, I have done everything from teach English in Paris to visit castles in Prague and volunteer at a public health clinic in Chicago. I am currently in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe as a visiting international student at Université des Antilles et de la Guyane. This has been made possible by an Ambassadorial Scholarship from The Rotary Foundation.

Once a Watston Institute rapporteur and Brown Daily Herald opinions columnist, I am continuing to nourish my passion for writing through creative writing pieces...

Dylan Nelson

Music Is Society: The Second Pilot... in Music Is Society: Designing the West-Eastern Divan Institute 5 years ago
April 17th, 2011

- 2011 Brown graduate
in Music

- Calls his documentary project "Humanity through Music"

- Working for an artspace in Berlin

- Believes that everyone is a musician

While a student at Brown, I studied music history, technology, culture, and practice. I played with rock, bluegrass, jazz, traditional Ghanian, electronic avant-garde, classical and metal bands. My introduction to Arabic music came in Spain last summer, both as it was translated into Flamenco and maintained by the Arab musicians I played with.

Tala Worrell

The Process: Drafts in Storytelling in Political Activism in Egypt: A Personal Narrative of a 60 Year Struggle for Political Rights and Human Dignity 5 years ago
November 18th, 2011

I am an AT&T New Media Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies and a Brown undergraduate concentrator in visual arts. For my fellowship, I am tracing the story of my late grandfather, a member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood dedicated to resisting British colonialism, and producing a mini-documentary using his extensive archives alongside modern-day interviews to shed light on the recent revolution in Egypt.

Nikilesh Eswarapu

Nonprofits, Failure, and Efficacy in Approaches to Effective Healthcare in Rural India 5 years ago
February 28th, 2012

Nikilesh Eswarapu is an Economics concentrator and a member of the Class of 2012. Nikilesh runs the Milana Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on improving health outcomes in rural India. His many interests include travel, architecture and design, photography, technology, and entrepreneurship. He has a particular fascination with the developing regions of the world. 

Niwaeli Kimambo

Archival Research in Searching and Researching: The Legacy of Ujamaa in Present-day villages in Tanzania 5 years ago
February 9th, 2012

Niwaeli is a double concentrator in
Geology and History. Through the Royce Fellowship, she spent the
summer of 2011 in Tanzania researching the the legacy of
villagization. She looked at archival records of various ujamaa
villages and settled on two in which she conducted oral interviews.
Later on, she sought remotely-sensed images to garner a different
kind of history – a history from above, in order to further
understand and explain changes in the landscape that were brought
about by villagization – its function and its failure...

Kai Herng Loh

Thoughts on Democracy in China in From Made in China to Innovated in China 5 years ago
December 18th, 2010

I'm a junior from Singapore concentrating in Computer Science-Economics at Brown. I like exploring and learning about new places. Before coming to Brown, I spent a gap year backpacking around the world.

During the winter break of my freshman year, I visited Nicaragua, and wrote a blog series as well as produced a video for the Global Conversation on my experience. The following year, I received the AT&T New Media Fellowship to travel to Beijing to study innovation in China. You can read about all these experiences on this blog.

I am also an Assistant New Media...

Fatimah Asghar

a guide to making a poetry group in Art in Sarajevo 5 years ago
December 5th, 2010

I just recently graduated from Brown with a dual degree in International Relations and Africana Studies. Right now I am on a Fulbright grant in Bosnia & Herzegovina studying political performance and social change. My project focuses on how theater and artistic performance can often provide an alternative discourse to politics and how political theater and political art can be used to reconstruct ideas of personhood and community in the face of adversity that stems from a history of ethnic based violence. In addition to researching theater here, I hope to create a lasting Spoken Word...

Kelly Rogers

A silver lining? in 2011 COP17 Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa 5 years ago
October 14th, 2011

I am a second-year master's in public policy student at Brown, focusing on energy and climate public policy at state, national and international levels. 

Kaori Ogawa

Where are you Pho-rom? in AT&T New Media Winter Fellowship 5 years ago
December 5th, 2011

Thanks to the At&T New Media Fellowship, I will be traveling to France this winter break to make a photo documentary on the Chinese immigrant experience in Paris. This work will be part of my senior capstone project in Development Studies.

R. David Coolidge

End of line (Last CNN article) in Brown@Hajj: Understanding a Global Institution 5 years ago
October 4th, 2010

I have been the Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University since July 2009. I graduated from Brown in 2001, and from graduate school at Princeton in 2008. I converted to Islam when I was a sophomore at Brown in the fall of 1998, and most of my work and studies has been focused on discerning the "proper" interpretation of Islam in the contemporary world. Needless to say, Usama bin Ladin and I do not agree on much, just in case you were wondering.

Chris Lydon

Pakistan Aslant: the two-hour version in Another Pakistan 5 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Christopher Lydon is the host of Radio Open Source, a conversation on arts, ideas and politics from Brown University's Watson Institute. Proto-blogger Dave Winer calls Chris Lydon "the original podcaster."

In the background now are too many years in straight journalism, covering city and state politics for the Boston Globe and presidential campaigns (McGovern, Humphrey, Reagan, Carter et al.) for the New York Times, anchoring "The Ten O'Clock News" at WGBH-TV...

Rajvi Mehta

Nutritional Guidance 6 years ago
May 27th, 2011

Originally from Mumbai, India, I am currently a junior studying Biochemistry at Brown. Woman's Health has always been of great interest to me. As a senior at high school, I worked in an In-vitro fertilization clinic in India. Here at Brown, I have been working at the Freiman Lab since my Freshman year where we are investigating the role of TAF4b in premature ovarian failure. I find it very exciting to work here and most of all I enjoy working with mice!

Laura Ucik

For the Cynics, and Goodbye in Telugu and TB: healthcare ambitions in India 6 years ago
May 11th, 2011

Laura Ucik promises to write an actual (and maybe even witty) bio soon.

Emily Goldman

Nutrition Conference and Forced... in The Communal Bowl: Exploring Art, Education and Health in Mali 6 years ago
June 28th, 2011

Emily just finished her freshman year at Brown and is heading to Bamako, Mali this summer with an UTRA team and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly to study Mande dance and the way in which performance can mobilize community health education. She is incredibly excited to return to Mali and Senegal this summer since she spent four months living in Senegal during her gap year. Full of moving, laughing, and Bambara, this adventure is sure to be an eventful one!

Ana Bermudez

From an Intensive English Program to... in Developing an Academic Resource Center for refugees in Providence 6 years ago
August 3rd, 2011

Hi! I am Ana Bermudez and I am a senior at Brown concentrating in International Relations and hoping to make it to med-school some day. This summer, with the support of the Marla Ruzicka Fellowship for Public Service, I will be working with the African Alliance of RI and St. Paul's Lutheran Church to create an Academic Resource Center for refugees and immigrants in Providence.

Sarah Friedland

The Masala Ain't the Same in... in Bollywood Buff: An American Cinephile Goes to Mumbai 6 years ago
June 13th, 2011

Sarah Friedland is a sophomore at Brown hailing from sunny Santa Barbara, California. Raised on Hollywood films, she is traveling to Mumbai for a month to look at the Hindi language, or "Bollywood," film industry.

Claudia Norton

Gender and Masculunity in Amman in Real Virtuality: Cyber Communities and the New Horizon of Emancipation in the Middle East 6 years ago
May 18th, 2011

I am a Middle East studies concentrator with a head for languages and a heart for social justice. I, along with my research companion Raillan Brooks, will be traveling to Jordan this summer in order to learn more about community organizing in the digital age and the ways in which people are transgressing boundaries with the help of the internet.

Raillan and I developed a Departmental Independent Study Project this past semester that revolved around political engagement and the media landscapes of the Middle East. We are continuing along this avenue of thought and investigation...

Marie Att

Extraordinary Sites in Ordinary Places in Brown International Scholars Program 2011 6 years ago
July 9th, 2011

Guten Tag!

Greetings from Jena, the cutest university town in the hilly heart of Germany. I'm a rising senior physics concentrator who'll be hanging out here for the summer, eating bratwurst and learning about MRI and quantitative susceptibility mapping.

Sophie Shackleton

One Small Dogon Stares Malian Apathy in... in The Character of Mali 6 years ago
March 14th, 2011

Sophie was a Theatre Arts concentrator, 2009. Currently observing performing arts and non-textual theatre in Bamako, Mali – especially in youth culture – and working with local artists to promote their work. Helping with the development of a cross-cultural arts center, with Brown Mande Dance teacher Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, in Doumanzana (

But most of all, getting mixed up and buried deep and confusingly comfortable in a Malian world – and reflecting on the cultural intricacies of embracing...

Jasmine Lee

Andrea Wiley's Re-Imagining Milk in Follow the Things 6 years ago
July 6th, 2011

Jasmine is a rising senior at Brown University (studying both International Relations and Economics) with strong interests in communications, media production, music, and blogging.

She was awarded a Summer 2011 UTRA and is currently working to add to the 'Follow the Things' conversation that Jeff Bauer started in the winter. 'Follow the Things' tracks the everyday objects that we often take for granted (groceries, clothing, batteries, etc.) from production to consumption to bring to light the human connections that exist along the way. Jasmine's work will be building off of a Summer...

Eric Lee

Doctors in Doctoring in the Developing World: An American Medical Student’s View From Cambodia 6 years ago
May 9th, 2011

My name is Eric Lee, and I am a first year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I also did my undergrad at Brown, and I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Public Policy. While I was at Brown, I developed a strong interest in global health work, and I spent most of 2009 abroad living out of my suitcase, trekking across four continents over 8 months. Bucket showers, barefoot hikes through the jungle, swimming in questionable rivers, and sleeping on the cool earth looking up at the stars of whatever hemisphere I happened to be...

Eric Johnson

Catching Up with the Costs of War in The Costs of War 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Hello! I'm a recent Brown graduate and a New Media Assistant at the Watson Institute for International Studies. I blogged throughout BIARI 2010, but I also do a lot of work behind the curtain here at the Global Conversation. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!

Eliza Reynolds

Playing Catch Up: Pieces of Sky in The Communal Bowl: Exploring Art, Education and Health in Mali 6 years ago
June 27th, 2011

Eliza has just finished her sophomore year at Brown University and is heading to Bamako, Mali for the month of July on a U.T.R.A. team with Professor Michelle Bach-Coulibaly. However this is just the first step of her gap year... and a year of adventures!

Carolyn Crisp

The sights and smells of Cape Town in The Tavern of the Sea 6 years ago
May 24th, 2011

I am currently a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology. I was born in Rota, Spain to a Spanish mother and American father. I have two younger sisters and throughout my life have been constantly moving throughout the United States. I spent the majority of my childhood in Northern California, and attended high school in Florida. My future goals consist of attending medical school and becoming a physician and working with the Medecin Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) throughout developing nations around the world.

Alice Hines

Congotronics vs. Rockers concert in La SAPE Congolaise: Tracing elegance between Brazzaville and Paris 6 years ago
June 14th, 2011

Over the summer of 2011, Brown University graduate Alice Hines researched African fashion and the Congolese sartorial practice la SAPE as an AT&T New Media Fellow based in Paris, France. At Brown, Alice studied Comparative Literature with French. She now works as a journalist for The Huffington Post in New York.

Sam Kinsman

Graduation and Plans for the Future in Education and Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon 6 years ago
May 24th, 2011

I'm Sam Kinsman and I'm a rising junior at Brown University, majoring in Development Studies. I'm interested in small scale, environmentally friendly development in developing countries. This summer I will be at interning at Yachana Foundation, an NGO which aims to improve education and promote conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon region.

Chaz Kelsh

Reflections on historical memory:... in Brown Rice: Food adventures in Southeast Asia 6 years ago
May 31st, 2011

Chaz just graduated from Brown, where he studied public policy and sociology and worked at The Brown Daily Herald. This fall, he will move to Boston and begin working at Bain and Company.

In the meantime, follow him as he travels through Southeast Asia this summer!

Emmy Liss

An epicurean retrospective in Brown Rice: Food adventures in Southeast Asia 6 years ago
May 31st, 2011

Emmy just graduated (!) from Brown, where she studied political science and worked at The Brown Daily Herald. She is off on great adventures before settling down in the real world — New York City — this fall.

Follow her as she travels and eats her way through Southeast Asia this summer.

Julia Streuli

The politicians are... animals? in Thai-ing in Teen Culture: Reconsidering Sex Ed Curricula in Thailand 6 years ago
June 14th, 2011

I am a rising senior concentrating in International Relations and Gender and Sexuality Studies. This summer I will spend 10 weeks in Thailand assuming the role of both student and teacher: not only learning about Thai youth culture, health curriculum and the recent rise in HIV among teenagers, but also teaching health and english in a secondary school in Phichit province. With admittedly very limited experience (and exposure) to blogging, I am eager to get my feet wet and dive right into the blogosphere!

Jonah David

In the Fall: Screening of Film Made in... in Globalization in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua 6 years ago
December 26th, 2010

Jonah David is currently a rising junior at Brown University. This past winter, he traveled to Nicaragua to make a documentary film as part of the AT&T New Media Fellowship about a tourist hotel in San Juan Del Sur. This summer, he will be traveling to Bolivia with Madelynn Johnston to make a film about soybean farming in Santa Cruz as part of the summer AT&T Fellowship.

He is concentrating in Sociology & Music.

Henry Peck

Detention Action in About Face 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Henry Peck is a senior at Brown concentrating in International Relations. He spent the summer of 2010 in Rwanda and Uganda examining the use of use of theatre in promoting recovery from trauma. 

While at Brown, he has worked with the International Institute of Rhode Island to tutor refugee families in Providence and assess refugee policy. 

In January of 2011, he will explore the austerity politics...

Ariel Hudes

Vandalism at the Greek Pavilion in Inside the Venice Biennale 6 years ago
April 5th, 2011

A (very) recent Brown alum, Ariel is combining her interests in digital media and contemporary art this summer to create, a resource for students about the 54th Venice Biennale. She aims to make the Biennale accessible to first-time followers who are also the next generation of participants.

If you're in Venice, say hi if you see the small girl with the big camera bag.

Natalie Low

Galapagos: Week 2 in Brown International Scholars Program 2011 6 years ago
April 14th, 2011

I am a junior at Brown concentrating in Marine Biology. As part of the 2011-2012 group of BISP fellows, I will be writing about my experiences studying subtidal marine communities in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, Ecuador, in Summer 2011.

Catherine Mardula

Safe and Sound in Brown International Scholars Program 2011 6 years ago
March 6th, 2011

I'm spending this summer in Paris doing research on Latin inscriptions.

Sara Llansa

Women's Group, Adult Classes, Eco-... 6 years ago
April 21st, 2011

As of this summer I will be a rising senior, concentrating in Education (History/Policy track) and International Relations (Politics, Culture, and Identity track).

I am very interested in international education development as well as the education of ELLs (English Language Learners) in the United States. Because I come from a Latin American background (my mother is Puerto Rican and my dad is Cuban), I am especially drawn to the region of Latin America, as well as South America.

My classes at Brown have shaped my research interests tremendously. I am interested in the...

Raillan Brooks

Podcast: The Challenges of New Media,... in Real Virtuality: Cyber Communities and the New Horizon of Emancipation in the Middle East 6 years ago
March 10th, 2011

I'm a Sociology and Modern Culture and Media concentrator at Brown, with an abiding interest in the Middle East, digital media, and social justice.

Matthew Garza

Pap Coul - Malian Child Rapper in Mali Music and Dance 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

I am a recent 2011 graduate of Brown University with a concentration in Education History & Policy and an interest in exploring how the arts can empower youth and communities to engage in the global conversation and to work towards a global citizenry and social justice, I took "Mande, Music, & Dance" during my freshman year and have since worked with the Mande Program at Brown as well as New Works/New World Traditions, directed by Michelle Bach-Coulibaly. I grew up in Corpus Christi, TX where my love for the performing and visual arts thrived and my passion for social activism...

Larry Au

Voices of Hong Kong: The Future of China in Dragons and Tigers: An East Asian Perspective 6 years ago
May 24th, 2011

Larry Au '14 is concentrating in ScB Sociology. He comes from Hong Kong, and is particularly interested in social, political and gender issues. He has managed social media outreach campaigns for legislative council politicians in Hong Kong, and is familiar with new media. Larry is unique in that he brings a unique East-West perspective to discussions that enables him to see issues from different angles, having grown up and lived in Hong Kong all his life, but at the same time also having attended an international high school.

Larry is a connoisseur, and takes delight in exploring...

Almaz Dessie

Not Just Doctors: Reflections on... in "A Well-Founded Fear of Persecution": Refugee Law, Policy and Issues 6 years ago
May 24th, 2011

Dr. Almaz Dessie is a scientist, activist, educator, musician, and dancer interested in holistic, multi-disciplinary approaches to wellness, healing, learning, and exploration. She graduated with honors from Brown University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition and went on to earn a Medical Doctorate in 2011, also at Brown University.

Almaz has written, directed, and performed in numerous musical, theatrical, and dance productions, has teaching experience in public and private schools, and has been involved in a variety of public health initiatives...

Muftah Org

Saleh or Chaos?: Rebalancing the... 6 years ago
October 18th, 2010

Founded by a Brown alum, Muftah is an online foreign policy magazine featuring commentary and analysis on the Middle East and North Africa from rising scholars and experts on the region. Muftah provides information and insight into the internal dynamics, indigenous concerns, and domestic influences that shape this often misunderstood part of the world. In doing so, Muftah's goal is to move U.S. foreign-policy dialogue away from an exclusively U.S.-centric model, in the belief that such a shift will ultimately benefit U.S. government approaches toward the region.

Sarah K

Delhi Commonwealth Women's... in Back to School 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

In the Summer of 2010, I was appointed as an AT&T Media Fellow. I used my skills as a documentary filmmaker and photographer to work with a volunteer-run organization called Pragati that provides education for under-privileged children in Gurgaon, a small district outside of New Delhi. Pragati was started by a group of eight women in 2002, who wanted to do something about the poor state of education in their area.  I am so proud of the work that Pragati does, and I am honored to be working with an organization that is striving to improve their education system.

Camilla Hawthorne

Why Lampedusa Matters in New Media, New World 6 years ago
October 14th, 2010

I am a a Ph.D. student in UC Berkeley’s Geography department, studying new media, communication, and immigration/diaspora issues. What are the implications of increasingly affordable, fast, accessible tools for transnational communication, especially for migrant communities? That's the question that drives my research.

Previously, I worked as a new media specialist in the international broadcasting industry. I collaborated with reporters to develop strategies for using social media, crowdsourcing, mobile phones, and other new media tools to deliver news and engage with audiences...

Jeff Bauer

Follow the Things Showcase: One Laptop... in Follow the Things 6 years ago
January 3rd, 2011

Hi, I'm Jeff Bauer, a senior at Brown concentrating in International Relations and Economics. My conversation is called 'Follow the Things'. I'm interested in how ordinary objects such as clothes, groceries, and electronics can connect us with 'distant strangers' globally. By 'Following Our Things' from production to consumption, it is possible to see how many people we're connected to through the things we buy. It also allows us to understand globalization in a tangible way, focusing on people in addition to systems. I look forward to sharing this conversation with you!

Thane Richard

Bicycle sharing program in Mumbai;... in TiffinTalk Radio 6 years ago
November 24th, 2010

Thane is the creator of TiffinTalk, Mumbai's first independent talk radio show. Inspired by its success, he is currently working on creating a larger network of radio in India - something that has not been allowed to flourish under the Indian government's ban on news and current events on private radio.

The project is called Dabba Radio - after Mumbai's famed dabbawallahs who seamlessly deliver hundred's of thousands of lunches across the city daily without the vast majority of them knowing how to read. Their impeccable service record has made them worthy of a six-sigma rating...

Alexandra Ulmer

Disentangling Venezuela in Coloring Caracas 6 years ago
December 9th, 2010

I'm a Swiss senior concentrating in International Relations. I also have a strong penchant for political street art. To that end, I'm spending part of January 2011 in Caracas, Venezuela to explore the city's thriving graffiti scene. 

Jordan Apfeld

Footage done - departing now! in Running on the Periphery 6 years ago
December 19th, 2010

Hi there. My name is Gabriela (Although on the track, most people call me Gabby) I am a triple jumper at Brown University competing in my final year of eligibility. I am concentrating in Visual Arts where my focus lies in Graphic Design and multimedia production. Off the track, I am a chief advisor for A Better World by Design - an internationally acclaimed design conference that creates connections that will make the world a better place. I enjoy star-gazing, surfing and local food.

And I'm Jordan, a pre-med student at Brown University, concentrating in Global Development Studies....

Tony Cokes

evil.11 in Evil 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Tony Cokes, a Professor in Media Production at Brown University's Department of Modern Culture and Media, is a post-conceptualist whose practice foregrounds social critique. His video, installation, and sound works recontextualize appropriated materials to reflect upon our production as subjects under capital. His recent projects often take the form of text animations with sound functioning as a constitutive, intertextual element, complicating the visual. Cokes' works have appeared in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, the Whitney Museum of...

Amos Budde

A Summary and Reflection of the Project in The Journey Begins 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Amos Budde graduated from Brown University in 2010, where he studied economics, public policy, Russian language, international relations, and eventually ended up with a degree in Mathematics.  

He spent three months in Bolivia working at an agricultural high school with the support of the International Service Fellowship from the Brown University Swearer Center.  Afterwards he moved to Buenos Aires to find work and run away from the Northern Hemisphere´s winter season.

In his spare time, Amos sings, throws Frisbees, blogs about...

Steven Ellis

Marko Rakar Gets Even in Croatia 6 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

June 2010 - I'm Steven Ellis, a 10.5’er originally from Washington, D.C. (technically Bethesda, for those of you in the know). I’m passionately ADD, so my interests range from the founding fathers to microfinance, lacrosse, Japanese animation, whiskey distillation, etc etc. My (independent) concentration here at Brown is Applied Psychology, which is a blend of behavioral theory and practical extension.

My project this summer, though, relates more to my major at the University of Southern California, which I transferred from after sophomore year. I studied film...

Ashley Friedman

Inclusive Innovation 6 years ago
October 6th, 2010

I am currently working as a Visiting Researcher at CIAT (Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical) in Cali, Colombia. I am working in the Decision and Policy Analysis department in the Markets program. Our goal is to create more sustainable linkages between smallholders and national and international markets. I graduated from Brown with Honors in Development Studies in May 2010. I wrote my senior thesis on the opportunities and constraints facing solar energy as a means to eliminate energy poverty and drive social development in rural areas of Chile and Colombia. I am interested...

Ted Widmer

A Muted Victory Lap in Better Angels 7 years ago
September 22nd, 2010

Ted Widmer, author of the "Better Angels" conversation on this site, is the Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He is a former speech writer for President Clinton and has served as Director of the C.V. Starr Institute for the Study of the American Experience.