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    The Editors | April 17th, 2013
      The Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence has been helping to build a state of peace in Rhode Island – reducing gang violence, coping with conflict in prison and assisting victims of crime. Students at URI’s Harrington School...
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    The Editors | February 22nd, 2012
    The Brown University office of Watson Institute Senior Fellow Sergei Khrushchev is a tiny museum dedicated to the life and work of his father, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
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    The Editors | December 13th, 2011
    Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived has been selected as one of the top Documentary Channel premieres of 2011 and will be included in the upcoming Best of DOC Awards.Each night in December, one of the selected films will air at 8pm ET/PT, and...
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    The Editors | December 11th, 2011
      A Brown alum and colleagues have anonymously produced this music video honoring Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese democracy movement. Here is her story: "This past year it was my pleasure to work with a group of students at...
  • The Editors | November 18th, 2011
    In conjunction with the Year of China 2011-2 at Brown, the China Conversation is launching a “China Through Your Eyes” Media Contest. Submissions are accepted from now till January 31, 2012, and anyone with a brown.edu or alumni.brown.edu email...
  • The Editors | November 15th, 2011
    After months of preparation, Strait Talk 2011 has finally kicked off. Last Friday, 15 delegates, 5 each from Mainland China, Taiwan and the US, arrived at Brown for a week-long program aimed at bridging differences in understanding around the Taiwan...
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    The Editors | November 14th, 2011
    Brown alum Joe Posner '07 has launched a new video series on the Daily Beast called Op-Vid: Campaign 2012. The series opener is It's the Stupid Economy, a playful animated treatment of today's economic crisis featuring noted historian Niall Ferguson...
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    The Editors | November 11th, 2011
      Many are marking 11/11/11 today, with commemorations from the sublime (nuptials on this purportedly lucky date) to the serious (the armistice that ended the "war to end all wars" on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...
  • The Editors | November 1st, 2011
    The Brown Daily Herald has an excellent story about the Brown grad who's started an NPR-like news blog in India, with the help of Watson Institute visiting fellow Christopher Lydon: "I was not interested with hits or how many shows we could produce...
  • The Editors | October 19th, 2011
    Even before Xiangjun Shi (Brown-RISD '13) came to the United States three years ago, she already knew what it was like to be studying abroad. Born in the Chinese city of Taiyuan, the Brown-RISD Dual Degree candidate in Physics and Film/Animation...
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    The Editors | October 17th, 2011
      The Watson Institute-based Costs of War project has spurred student discussion of US military involvement both at Brown, where Prof. Catherine Lutz is co-director, and at Boston University, home to project co-director Prof. Neta...
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    The Editors | October 9th, 2011
    On the sidelines of the Night Market in Sayles Hall as featured on the China Conversation, we talk to Flora Jin (Computer Science-Economics '14), who is involved with LiNK, an organization dedicated to helping refugees from North Korea. In the video...
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    The Editors | October 5th, 2011
    Today's Brown Daily Herald includes a story on Creaturecast, a Brown-produced "video podcast chronicling some of nature's many quirks and oddities." Inspired by the narrative power of radio programs like "StoryCorps"and "This American Life,"...
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    The Editors | September 28th, 2011
    ChrossTalk is a political commentary blog featuring debates on policy issues and interviews with policy experts.  The debates are held between Ross Freiman-Mendel, who will enroll at Brown in the fall of 2012, and Chip Lebovitz '14, a staff...
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    The Editors | August 30th, 2011
    Before graduating last spring, Noura Choudhury '11 shared her experiences of working in Bangladesh's healthcare system the previous summer as a Richard Smoke Fellow. Her comparisons with Western medicine may not be what you'd expect. "They...
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    The Editors | June 5th, 2011
    AT&T New Media Fellow Ariel Hudes '11 is working to make the Venice Biennale accessible to students around the world. She has just launched Biennale Insider, a site created by young artists for young artists, and in her words, "designed to...
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    The Editors | May 20th, 2011
    Our Right | Our Reason: 2011 Reflections on Africana Studies — Maingreen.tv This video from Maingreen.tv shows reflections by Brown students about their academic experience with the university's Department of African Studies, the intellectual...
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    The Editors | May 12th, 2011
    Teens in a Missouri high school recently simulated the experience of poor women around the world who must fetch water daily for their homes and communities. The students' video of the experience was a winner in a competition sponsored by Brown...
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    The Editors | May 9th, 2011
    First things first: For those of you who have not yet visited Maingreen.tv, it is a terrific new student-run website at Brown highlighting the arts and activism on campus. Go see it. Last week, the website profiled David Poritz '11.5. who founded...
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    The Editors | May 1st, 2011
    As the Cambodian New Year approached last month, Tararith Kho commented that Khmers traditionally replace one of their gods each year, but they can never seem to replace their national leaders. Kho writes political poetry and short fiction in the...
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    The Editors | April 13th, 2011
    Radio Open Source has encapsulated a message that filmmaker Thomas Balmès would like educators to receive loud and clear: University education is at risk as it fails to involve students in making the forms of media they so readily consume in every...
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    The Editors | April 4th, 2011
      From the Editors: As the Global Conversation features innovation in media by the Brown community, it has hosted an ongoing feed from InterCambioClimático.com, which Brown helped to launch in the run-up to a global meeting on climate...
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    The Editors | March 16th, 2011
    As an opening to one of this week's Freedom-to-Write Festival panels at Brown University, Professor Robert Coover, the renowned author and festival director, takes us on a global tour of trouble spots and points of light - with the United States as...
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    The Editors | February 21st, 2011
    How is news being made today in the Middle East and North Africa – how is it being reported – how are the two acts really only one? Day-to-day, reading the Muftah Org conversation on the Global Conversation provides one roadmap. Co-founded by Brown...
  • Muftah Org | February 20th, 2011
    “Look what is happening/Miseries everywhere, Mr. President/I talk with no fear/Although I know I will get only trouble/I see injustices everywhere.”  These lyrics from the song “Rais Lebled,” by young Tunisian rapper El Général, embody the...
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    The Editors | February 12th, 2011
    "It is difficult to describe what the streets of Cairo looked like yesterday. A few photos and a video is all I can offer," blogs Mariya Petkova ’09, a Brown alum with a degree in international relations. On her blog, “A Bulgarian in Egypt,” she...
  • The Editors | February 10th, 2011
    “Much like the Vatican in Rome, the state of Tahrir has taken possession of a square and has established itself regardless of what the (illegitimate) government of the rest of the country thinks about that.” So begins today’s blog post from Egypt by...
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    The Editors | February 9th, 2011
    Sophia Li '11.5 has returned to Brown from her semester-long internship at the newly inaugurated "Memory and Human Rights Museum" in Santiago, Chile. While in Chile, as an AT&T New Media Fellow blogging on the new Memoria Viva conversation, Li...
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    The Editors | February 2nd, 2011
    AT&T New Media Fellow Jonah David '13 spent winter break in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, recording the change globalization has wrought in the five years since he last visited the erstwhile fishing village. He is posting his observations in the...
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    The Editors | January 25th, 2011
    AT&T New Media Fellow Elias Scheer '12 returns from India from an eye-opening walk -- a Shodh Yatra -- across a poor rural part of the country. For a "before and after" idea of how the walk has changed his perceptions of the environment and...
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    The Editors | January 21st, 2011
    What brings together the music of alternative rocker Billy Bragg with UK Member of Parliament Norman Baker and AT&T New Media Fellow Henry Peck ‘11? Watch the video above and tune in to Henry’s first edition of a podcast series called “...
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    The Editors | January 18th, 2011
    In this video, Hilary Rosenthal '12 describes the threatened extinction of the Tasmanian Devil and her work to document it over winter break in Australia as an AT&T New Media Fellow. You can read her blog posts from the field in a...
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    The Editors | January 13th, 2011
    Follow AT&T Winter Fellow Jeffrey Bauer '11 as he helps launch the "Follow the Things" website this spring. The site will explore the global connections formed around commodities. In the runup to its launch, Jeffrey is conducting a series of...
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    The Editors | January 10th, 2011
    Alexandra Ulmer '11 has taken to the streets of Caracas to document the politics of Venezuela's graffiti wars. Check out the tags she is photographing on her blog and read the story as it is unfolding, on the new "Coloring Caracas" conversation....
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    The Editors | January 3rd, 2011
    A fresh cohort of AT&T New Media Fellows is in the field during winter break, using audio, video, and other media to capture experiences and research on global issues for the Global Conversation. In a post this week in the “Running on...
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    The Editors | December 21st, 2010
    Merriam-Webster yesterday declared “austerity” the US word of the year for 2010. Earlier this year, Faculty Fellow Mark Blyth was featured in an Institute-produced animated video short of the same name. In it, he describes the thinking behind...
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    Ryan Lester | December 4th, 2010
    On Sunday, November 7, AT&T New Media Fellow Sarah Gibson ’10.5 and Rosalie Elkinton '11.5, with the help of a group of friends and singers, put on a concert of early music from Europe and traditional folk songs from the Republic of Georgia and...
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    The Editors | November 23rd, 2010
    Is former congressional candidate Murray Hill Incorporated putting out feelers for a US presidential run in 2012? And would the first corporation ever to run for the nation’s highest office dare throw its hat into the ring on a college campus...
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    The Editors | November 4th, 2010
    On Sunday, November 7, AT&T New Media Fellow Sarah Gibson ’10.5 and Rosalie Elkinton '11.5 will put on a concert of early music from Europe and traditional folk songs from the Republic of Georgia and Appalachia. The concert will include...
  • The Editors | October 19th, 2010
    This week at the Global Conversation, we heard about life, liberty, immigration, exclusion, corruption, the past and the future. All in a normal week around here: Xu Wenli on Human Rights Andy Blackadar shares this video of an interview with Brown...
  • The Editors | October 18th, 2010
    In the very first week after the official launch of the Global Conversation’s new website – a space for Brown students, student groups, faculty, visitors, and alumni to post their writings and media on global issues – the question of language...
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    Eric Johnson | October 10th, 2010
    With the launch of the new Global Conversation website, we've had an explosion of new bloggers; with over 50 active conversations, it can be overwhelming to get started on the site, or even keep up if you've been away for a couple days or weeks. "...
  • The Editors | October 5th, 2010
    Suddenly this week something called a Botín Scholar keeps popping up on the Global Conversation. The reason? Forty undergraduates from across Latin America are on campus as part of a program called “Leadership, Liberal Arts and Public Service in...
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    The Editors | September 27th, 2010
    With governments formulating policies of austerity as the global economic crisis recedes, a new animated video short describes the thinking behind such policies as inherently flawed. Austerity features Faculty Fellow Mark Blyth, an international...
  • The Editors | August 19th, 2010
    Parachute Radio on the Global Conversation has been dropping small packages of India down for our readers over the summer. As Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon and colleague Paul McCarthy traversed India, they filed vivid shorts, vividly...
  • Eric Johnson | August 12th, 2010
    On Tuesday, I posted this article about how our bloggers were received in theOn Tuesday, I posted this article about how our bloggers were received in the countries they visited. When I emailed all of them last month, I also asked for stories about...
  • Eric Johnson | August 10th, 2010
    A few weeks ago, I emailed our Global Conversation bloggers, asking them a series of questions related to their experiences abroad.A few weeks ago, I emailed our Global Conversation bloggers, asking them a series of questions related to their...
  • Eric Johnson | August 9th, 2010
    Hello, and welcome to another recap of the best of the Global Conversation. This is the third such recap; you can find the previous entries here (7/19-7/26) and here (7/26-8/02). Now, without any further ado, let's take a look at some of this past...
  • Eric Johnson | August 2nd, 2010
    Hello, and welcome to another weekly recap of the Global Conversation. As always, the Conversationalist is only highlighting a few posts today, but you can browse through our complete archives by visiting the home page. From there, click through to...
  • Eric Johnson | August 2nd, 2010
    You may have seen Matthew Garza's posts earlier this summer from Mali.You may have seen Matthew Garza's posts earlier this summer from Mali. Even if you haven't, you'll want to check out his blog, the Mali Music Project; at that site, he has his...
  • Eric Johnson | July 26th, 2010
    Those of you who were reading this blog last week probably saw my first weekly Global Conversation recap. So, what have the bloggers been talking about this week? Read on to find out. Heritage at Play The well of videos about Irish sports may be...
  • Eric Johnson | July 19th, 2010
    Hello, and welcome to what we hope will be the first of many weekly posts here on the Global Conversationalist blog. I'm Eric Johnson, and I'm working with the Watson Institute this summer on the Brown campus.Hello, and welcome to what we hope will...
  • Ryan Lester | July 13th, 2010
    "…In October 2002, [Omar] Khadr was transferred to Guantanamo Bay prison camp where he was interrogated by U.S. and Canadian officials about connections to the terrorist group al Qaeda. In 2007, he was charged with murdering a U.S. soldier 'in...
  • Eric Johnson | July 1st, 2010
    Hello, and--if you're new to these pages--welcome!Hello, and--if you're new to these pages--welcome! Even if you haven't visited before, you might have been told that the Global Conversation is powered by the blogging efforts of students and faculty...
  • Ryan Lester | June 28th, 2010
    The conversation of new media usually doesn't look much like a conversation, at least in the traditional sense.The conversation of new media usually doesn't look much like a conversation, at least in the traditional sense.  There's back-and-...
  • Meara Sharma | June 16th, 2010
    I'm Meara Sharma, a '10.5 comparative literature (french) concentrator, on my way to Kigali, Rwanda. I'll be spending the summer in Rwanda, exploring the ways in which the 1994 genocide lives within the cultural fabric of this East African country,...
  • The Editors | May 19th, 2010
    Christopher Lydon, host of the Open Source podcast series based here at Brown's Watson Institute, gave his own personal send-off to the AT&T New Media Fellows who are going overseas this summer to use media for social change. Lydon shared...
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    The Editors | May 8th, 2010
    People’s lives shaped by violence on the US-Mexico border. Poor kids in Mali, finding an outlet in dance at a local community center. Indian mothers resorting to starting a school of their own. These are some of the people around the world whose...