Brown International Scholars Program 2013

The Brown International Scholars Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to make international studies an integral part of their Brown curriculum through research, public service, or other independently designed projects. The program, created and funded by the Office for International Affairs, creates an enhanced context for students to explore the challenges and opportunities of international engagement through reflection and dialogue with a community of scholars, faculty mentors, and practitioners. The program is managed by the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service as part of its commitment to supporting public scholarship. Here, you will be able to follow the experiences and notations by this year's BISP fellows as they embark on their travels.

Location

United States
  • Lanna Leite | June 5th, 2015
      “Lanna…have you heard about these 23 political prisoners in Rio de Janeiro?” I look at some e-mail print outs Pastor Heinz Dressel hands to me, the title of the one I pick up reads: “Manifesto em Defesa dos 23 perseguidos políticos- RJ” A...
  • Botin Scholars | October 3rd, 2013
    “There’s more emission form deforestation in Latin America than anywhere else” El profesor Timmons Roberts nos ayudó a ver que América Latina tiene una gran responsabilidad en el cambio climático. Aprendimos, además, que las estrategias necesarias...
  • Botin Scholars | October 3rd, 2013
    “There’s more emission form deforestation in Latin America than anywhere else” El profesor Timmons Roberts nos ayudó a ver que América Latina tiene una gran responsabilidad en el cambio climático. Aprendimos, además, que las estrategias necesarias...
  • Haskell Wexler & Saul Landau reflecting on film, Brazil: A Report on Torture
    Lanna Leite | September 16th, 2013
    I first met Saul Landau at the Fruitvale station of the San Francisco BART Sunday morning, on March 24th of this year. He picked me up in his grey Camry and was wearing a CAL POLY college sweatshirt. "What do you think of San...
  • Abby Plummer | August 28th, 2013
    Just a few more days left here at Masdar City! I fly out on Sunday, which is the first day of classes here at the Institute.  The last few days have been spent frantically trying to finish up the biomaterials research (pictured above: one of...
  • Alexandra Urban | August 27th, 2013
    After several months of organizing from afar, I have successfully observed more than 50 full classes of mathematics in New Zealand state secondary schools!  It is pretty incredible to communicate remotely with dozens of principals, deans, math...
  • Abby Plummer | August 20th, 2013
    Three weeks have gone by since I arrived here, and the date that I head back to Brown is beginning to loom on the horizon. However, I have a lot to do before I leave- both in terms of people I have yet to talk to and biomaterials I have yet to...
  • Lanna Leite | August 15th, 2013
    “Do I still go to political protests today in Paris? Of course! And one time when I was in Brazil, visiting family, I went to a political rally at Cinelândia (Rio de Janeiro) against government corruption. Being involved politically will always be...
  • Nicole Jones | August 13th, 2013
    August 13.  This is my (would-be) July and August post since I didn't realize how long it had been since my last one.  To be honest, July was uneventful for the most part - in the sphere outside of my research that is.  The...
  • Alexandra Urban | August 10th, 2013
    Hello from Wellington, NZ where I've just finished my fourth school visit!  So far I've sat in on more than twenty clasess, which means I already have lots of data to work with.  All the faculty have been immensely welcoming, more so than...
  • Daphne Xu | August 9th, 2013
    The really great thing about doing anthropological research on a language's extinction/preservation process is that ethnographic data on language use is so easily accessible. Just now, as I was opening up the Global Conversations page in the...
  • David Borgonjon | August 6th, 2013
    My image uploader is very slow so I'm going to have to write what I have to write without the benefit of illustrations. Yesterday I spent a few hours in the stone wholesale market of Beijing, which is about three kilometeres of stores factories and...
  • Abby Plummer | August 5th, 2013
    Today marks my 9th day here in Masdar City- an ambitious but incomplete eco-city project on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, UAE. So far, it seems that Masdar City consists of six main things:  Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST),...
  • Lanna Leite | August 5th, 2013
    “After being in Europe for sometime in exile, I missed the sun. I missed the beach in Brazil. I told my first girlfriend in France this, and she brought me here...”   -on the beaches of Normandy with Luiz Eduardo Prado de Oliveira Luiz...
  • David Adler | July 23rd, 2013
      10/07/2013 Delhi Development Authority // Photocopy S.O.P.   10 people inside the DDA library. The break-down as follows: (i)             3 Men reading newspapers at long tables...
  • David Adler | July 16th, 2013
    In any conversation about the DDA—about its successes or its failures, about its inability to serve the poor or (one might argue) its success in making some progress to do so—ethnographic detail is crucial. The long hallways of metal cupboards...
  • David Adler | July 4th, 2013
    Delhi is a city of contrasts. Two guards open the tall gates of a farmhouse in the south of the city, revealing long green lawns and a swimming pool that wraps around the 5-bedroom mansion. A few kilometers to the east, in a plot of the same size, a...
  • Valeria Fantozzi | July 3rd, 2013
    I found wifi - finally! I've been in the field since Monday and was desperately trying to find wifi - I even brough my own device - but couldn't make it work until today. Last week I had 2 interviews, one with a scholar and one with an NGO. On...
  • Nicole Jones | June 28th, 2013
    June 28.  I'm just passed the one month anniversary out of the States, although I still have a couple more days until a reach one month of actual 'research' in Florence.  So far, it has been incredible.  I've figured out the bus...
  • Jamelle Watson-Da... | June 27th, 2013
    Today is June 27, which means I have been doing research here at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) for three weeks.  In general, my project involves studying the resolution and efficiency of silicon detectors irradiated by 23 MeV...
  • Valeria Fantozzi | June 26th, 2013
    For the past two weeks, I have been in Chincha. I tried looking for wifi everywhere, but couldn't find it. Next week I'm taking my own device, it's very necessary! I had been in Chincha before, but never for such a long period of time and never by...
  • Nicole Jones | June 16th, 2013
    June 16. I have been spending most days in the library.  Now I am looking at a six volume printed copy of the Enciclopedia Dantesca that is so extensive it even explains one-lettered words like prepositions that are found in the Commedia...
  • David Borgonjon | June 12th, 2013
    The in-flight magazine on the Air China flight had in its first ten pages nothing but luxury car and villas advertisements. One caught my eye because of its English text: Chinoiserie Villa. You can find the website here, since I forgot to get a...
  • Hayward Leach | June 11th, 2013
    Last Wednesday, I arrived in Paris for my summer of reading, eating, and meandering this maze of a city. I'm here on an inherently lonely mission: reading through Wifredo Lam's archive and printed materials related to Alejo Carpentier in order to...
  • Jamelle Watson-Da... | June 10th, 2013
    Arrived in Hamburg yesterday!  Got here at 7:30am and could not check into hostel until 2pm, so me, Alexandra, and Winnie found eachother at the airport, and went out to the Harbor.  Public transportation system=awesome! One ticket...
  • Nicole Jones | June 5th, 2013
      5 June.  Arrived in Florence on Sunday, settled into my new apartment (with four other girls all studying in Florence).  Today was the first day in the library.  On the plane from Dublin I chatted to a Florentine couple about...