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Sport and Development Project

A Nobel Prize in Sport - A Worthy... by Eli Wolff 2 years ago

The Sport and Development Project at Brown University aims to advance the growing field of sport and social change. The project works with academic and community partners to better understand how sport can be utilized to improve the human condition on a local and global scale. 

LeafnBean: your weekly dose of American, British and other politics

Reflections on the recent UK election by Gordon Blackadder 2 years ago

Gordon Blackadder and Robert Gelb have weekly cross-Atlantic conversations about what is in the news. From Congress to Cameron, including a weekly quiz on the more absurd elements of current affairs, watch LeafnBean to catch up on what is going on around the world - and to be confused about the American accent speaking from Scotland and the British accent speaking from Rhode Island. 

Brown International Scholars Program 2013

Heinz F. Dressel and a belief in... by Lanna Leite 2 years ago

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.

Contemporary African Issues

Wearing History on Your Face: what the... by Danielle Johnstone 3 years ago

Modern issues in African countries -- international political economy, public health and human rights, technology and development, African relations with the world and individual stories of human interest. In addition, the reflections and experiences of Brown students who are from, or are interested in, Africa.

Just One Question

Rethinking History: At Look at the... by Andy Blackadar 3 years ago

Andy Blackadar: I am the director of curriculum development for the Choices Education Program. Choices is a national education initiative with a mission to increase international content in high school classrooms. To do this Choices collaborates with scholars at the Watson Institute and Brown to develop teaching resources. In addition to printed and online resources, Choices creates short videos of scholars for teachers to use in classrooms. Each begins with a question.

Botín Scholars IV

Take Away 3 de octubre Grupo 4 2013 by Botin Scholars 3 years ago

Each October top university students from Latin America embark on a program to strengthen their vocation for public service. The intensive two-month program, designed by the Fondación Marcelino Botín in collaboration with Brown University, begins at the Watson Institute with lectures by former world leaders, team-building exercises, and talks by Institute faculty members on such subjects as democracy and globalization. Following their session at Brown, Botín Scholars spend several weeks in Europe, engaging with academics and policymakers.

Botín Scholars I

Take Aways 3- Grupo 1 by Botin Scholars 3 years ago

Each October top university students from Latin America embark on a program to strengthen their vocation for public service. The intensive two-month program, designed by the Fondación Marcelino Botín in collaboration with Brown University, begins at the Watson Institute with lectures by former world leaders, team-building exercises, and talks by Institute faculty members on such subjects as democracy and globalization. Following their session at Brown, Botín Scholars spend several weeks in Europe, engaging with academics and policymakers.

Street Sounds: Exploring Afro-Colombian Música Callejera

Documentary to Screen at Cine+Más SF by Nicholas Carter 4 years ago

This project will document the expression of Afro-Colombian history and identity through música callejera (street music) in the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias. By tracing the history of specific Afro-Colombian street musicians and their music, I will ask how history becomes both expressed and understood through música callejera, thus viewing music as a platform from which to conceptualize historical struggle and socio-political identity.

Nutritional Project for AMOS Health and Hope, Nicaragua

El Fin, Farewell AMOS y Nicaragua by Neesha Nama 4 years ago

Neesha's blog as she brings that nutrition swag-Nama style to the rural communitites of Nicaragua. Rural health is characterized by families living INCREDIBLY far away from the next family (sometimes farmers live one to two hours away from their nearest neighbor), which makes healthcare incredibly difficult to access.

Brown’s Climate and Development Lab

Latin American countries attempt to... by Guy Edwards 4 years ago

The Climate and Development Lab, at Brown’s Center for Environmental Studies, contributes timely, accessible and impactful content that informs more just and effective global policy making on climate change, particularly on the issues of climate finance, equity issues and Latin America.  Our focus during the fall 2011 semester will be to influence the United Nations climate change negotiations at the COP17 in Durban to produce more just and effective processes and outcomes concerning climate finance and other relevant climate policy.

Improvisational and Imaginative Soundscapes of Rural Morocco

Omar of Bani Hadifa by natasha pradhan 4 years ago

Paul Bowles' attempts to describe what he encountered and became involved with during more than fifty years that he spent in Morocco cannot begin to convey the experience of liminal attitudes and spaces, or soundscapes. Yet, prominent in his writing are descriptions of collective ecstatic experience by which Bowles is both bewildered and at sometimes a part of:

Dragon or Phoenix: a look at Institutions and Economic Growth in East Asia

The Contemporary Aftershocks of China... by Noah Elbot 4 years ago

It seems that the story of the 21st century will be one of a multi-polar global economic playing field.  The foundation for the globalized economy was the unprecedented economic growth in the late 20th century in post-colonial nations.  Nowhere has this development been more apparent than in East Asia.

Brown-India Initiative

A Living Language: Meena Kandasamy on... by Almirah Radio 4 years ago

The Brown-India Initiative is an interdisciplinary hub for the study of contemporary India. The Initiative’s goals are twofold: to produce first-rate academic research, and to contribute to public discourse on, and in, India through talks, events, and the convergence of figures from across the lines of academia, civil society, literature, public policy and journalism. 

Brown International Scholars Program 2012

Futbol Fever: Living the Passion of a... by Luis Campos 4 years ago

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.

Global Conversation News

Global Conversation upgrades! by The Editors 4 years ago

Important news and announcements relating to the Global Conversation and the AT&T New Media Fellows. Includes announcements of important events and external news and other items about GC and or Fellows.

Musings on Morocco

Midnight cab rides, à la Marocaine by Sarah Forman 4 years ago

Thanks to a generous and thoughtful grant from Brown’s Office for International Programs and Dean of the College, I have the opportunity to spend two weeks this winter break in Rabat, Morocco with the lovely and talented Felice Feit ’14. We’ll be meeting with community leaders and NGO representatives and will try to better understand some of the social, political, and economic pressures in the country in order to complement the research we both already did in France.

Couscous and Kugel: Religious Diversity in Tunisia

Capitalizing on an Inquisition by Sarah Forman 4 years ago

After many years of flipping through Arabic flashcards and cultivating a passion for all things North African, I finally had the chance to spend the fall semester of 2012 abroad in Tunisia. I've been studying with SIT Study Abroad and living with a host family in Tunis. After anti-American protests at the U.S. embassy in Tunis led to four deaths, however, I've been evacuated to Toulouse and will now be carrying out the semester in France.

Strait Talk 2012

Final Presentation Strait Talk... by Sean Yancey 4 years ago

Strait Talk is a non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform international conflict by educating, connecting and empowering young leaders from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States.

The blog will follow the various panels and events that will take place from Oct 26 to Nov 2 2012.


Transit-Oriented Development: Mexico and Me

Callused Hands of the Mexico City... by Nathan Einstein 4 years ago

I will be living in Mexico City while interning with the Center for
Sustainable Transport (CTS), an NGO that researches and helps implement
transportation and urban growth policies across Mexico. As both a subject (resident) and
researcher of relatively untamed urban development, I aim to better
appreciate issues associated with such growth in light of transit-oriented development, through both an
on-the-ground and a policy-making perspective. Stated another way, I hope to undergo my own

Botín Scholars II

¿Qué características debiese tener un... by Botin Scholars 4 years ago

Each October top university students from Latin America embark on a program to strengthen their vocation for public service. The intensive two-month program, designed by the Fondación Marcelino Botín in collaboration with Brown University, begins at the Watson Institute with lectures by former world leaders, team-building exercises, and talks by Institute faculty members on such subjects as democracy and globalization. Following their session at Brown, Botín Scholars spend several weeks in Europe, engaging with academics and policymakers.

Botín Scholars III

Equipo 1- Día 3 "Comunicación... by Botin Scholars 4 years ago

Each October top university students from Latin America embark on a program to strengthen their vocation for public service. The intensive two-month program, designed by the Fondación Marcelino Botín in collaboration with Brown University, begins at the Watson Institute with lectures by former world leaders, team-building exercises, and talks by Institute faculty members on such subjects as democracy and globalization. Following their session at Brown, Botín Scholars spend several weeks in Europe, engaging with academics and policymakers.

The Plight of the Tasmanian Devil: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biodiversity

Where In The Devil...? by Hilary Rosenthal 4 years ago

The Plight of the Tasmanian Devil: A Case-Study for the Importance of Emerging Infectious Diseases and their Effect on Biodiversity

Education Revisited & Becoming a Stranger

So now it's over. Or is it? by Linh Dao 5 years ago

Each of us (at least those who care enough to read these conversations) has lived our life being educated, and for some, educating. Yet, we barely have chance to question our own education, most just does it because it is the way of life. Yet, is education inherently good? Or, is it only a tool for something else? How do people thrive in society? What for?

This summer, I am not planning to answer all these big questions, but rather hoping to unravel part of them by three different but related projects.

Post-Revolution & Transition: Tunisia Today

On Being Tunisian by Felice Feit 5 years ago

Being in a country that has just transitioned from a dictatorship through a peaceful revolution and elections, there is much to see and analyze. In the wake of the anti-Islam video protests and in anticipation of the expiration of the transitional government in October, this is especially the case. In addition to my travel blog (, I will be posting more in depth musings here.

Equity and Transportation in Buenos Aires

National Government Eliminates Subway... by Austin Miller 5 years ago

                Looking around our cities, we notice changes. A new shopping mall, the opening of a bike lane or the removal of an old building. Because these changes occur gradually and in our everyday environment, it is counter intuitive to consider the profound and swift global forces that are fuelling them.  We, however, live in an increasingly globalized world, and should understand the way that the line between local and global forces can be blurry.

A Global View of the Grassroot

Transitioning to the Global GRS Team by Katie Gannett 5 years ago

This conversation follows Katie Gannett through her second year with Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an HIV prevention organization using the language of soccer to deliver life skills primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.  After completing a year as an intern based in Soweto, Katie began working in August 2012 as a Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator based at Grassroot Soccer's headquarters in Cape Town.  As a new member of the global team, she is excited to use the perspective she gained at a site level in Soweto to contribute more broadly towards GRS' research and evaluation pr

The Royce Fellowship 2012

Contesting Land Acquisition in India... by Mike Johnson 5 years ago

Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce, a 1961 graduate of Brown University, the Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world.

Territories of Peace: Democratizing favelas in Rio de Janeiro

On a hopeful note by Carolina Barry Laso 5 years ago

Favelas are underprivileged communities crowded in the interstitial spaces of the city of Rio de Janeiro. These territories have been historically neglected by the state, marked by the violence occasionated in the war that the state is constantly waging on the drug trafficking gangs that since the 1980s gained the control over these areas, as well as by the violence of the traffickers themselves. 

Bustle, Bánh Mì, and Big Questions

Food Tour of Vietnam by Evan Schwartz 5 years ago

Education always reflects what a society values. It is the method by which governments, schools, and famillies mold future generations according to what they think is most important in life and in "growing up." But what is most important? What are the underlying values? What kinds of visions of society are embedded in education structures, rhetoric, and ideas? Are the visions good and coherent, or do they rest on questionable premises? And, finally, how well do policies match up with the underlying goals? This is the starting point.

Curicica: mobilization, urbanization & community identity in Rio de Janeiro

Part IV: Love, Above All Else by Rexy Josh Dorado 5 years ago

"It's necessity that created these communities, and it's due to the weight of inequality and negligence that difficult measures had to be taken to ensure the well-being of those inhabiting them. The life that the era offered for those excluded from a small circle of privilege was one of much uncertainty and scarce opportunity. They decided, then, to build their own opportunities. Their own neighborhoods, their own houses, their own lives."

The Midnight Sun: Travelogues and Monologues from Contemporary Cairo

Tunisia - Northern Coast by Andrew Leber 5 years ago

After receiving a year-long fellowship from the Center for Arabic Study Abroad, I will be studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt until May of 2013. While living and studying in Cairo, I will be travelling around the Middle East/North Africa region as much as time and funding allowed. This blog is intended more as a jumping-off point for people interested in the region than as a resource for readers with M.A.'s and P.h.D.'s on the subject, but should be entertaining regardless.

Community Radio in Guatemala: Legalization efforts and impact on Mayan rights and identity

Radio Exchange by Maia Chao 5 years ago

There are over 200 community radio stations in Guatemala that broadcast in 23 languages for the country's indigenous people, which constitute half of Guatemala's population. Guatemala's 36-year civil war saw the deaths of 200,000 Mayans, ending in 1996 with Peace Accords that called for the allocation of radio channels for the repressed indigenous communities.

And this is crazy: Vulnerable Populations in Senegal

Hey there, Potential Future Life Plan by Rie Ohta 5 years ago

This summer I am working for the Global Research and Advocacy Group, an organization dedicated to doing research on vulnerable populations, and advocating with and for them. As a Swearer International Service Fellow, I am working with GRAG to open a learning center for vulnerable populations, a project that if successful will provide capacity building resources to members of all vulnerable populations that GRAG works with. 

Bugs, Sweat, and Tea

Discovery #4: Dorm living in the jungle by Maya Manning 5 years ago

I am living in the Ecuadorian Amazon for ten weeks working with indigenous Kichwa farmers and a tea company called Runa. The majority of Kichwa farmers live in poverty and are facing the loss of their culture as well as deforestation as they are forced to cut down the forest in order to make enough money to live. I am an intern at Fundación Runa, the non-profit partner of Runa which is a socially-responsible company that attempts to solve these problems by selling guayusa in the US.

BRYTE Summer Camp: Combatting Summer Learning Loss

More BRYTE Camp Updates by Rebecca Wolinsky ... 5 years ago

This summer, Providence is not offering an ELL (English Language Learners) camp for its youth.  

Project Iceland: Matt Block and Nazli Ozerdem

Final Post from Destination by Nazli Ozerdem and... 5 years ago

We are a couple from 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 to a number of remote Icelandic coastal villages.

Seeds in the Ground

The Sequia by Annie Brown 5 years ago

I'll be working with a water and sanitation organization in Nicaragua, Amigos por Christo. For the past 20 years, Amigos has been working to establish clean running water in a number of towns around Chinendega. Now, with the basic water needs met, new health concerns have risen to the surface, namely malnutrition and diet-related disease. To paint in broad strokes, in recent years researchers have seen a shift in rural parts of Latin American countries from undernutrition to poor nutrition and the rise of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Tunisian Times

Before the Dawn of Ramadan (Preliminary... by Rahel Dette 5 years ago

A revolution came and went. Just the tourists have not come back to a country that really needs them. But maybe the typical tourist-office booked mass tourism isn't all that desirable after all? As a tourist, researcher, and guide, I will try to define what tourism in a post-revolutionary but underappreciated country could and should look like. 

Olympic Spirit in the Developing World: Dominica P.L.A.Y.S.

Small Lessons from Everyday Living by Jocelyn West 5 years ago

Dominica PLAYS stands for Promoting Learning and Achievement in Youth Sports, and it is the title of my summer project in the Commonwealth of Dominica.  This island nation of about 70,000 people is part of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean, and it happens to be the place of my birth.  With the support of the Royce Sport and Society Fellowship, I am collaborating with the Dominica Olympic Committee to create a first-of-its-kind National Youth Role Model Program.

Peacebuilding in Guatemala

Arriving to Beautiful Antigua and A... by Sofia Quesada 5 years ago

Friends Peace Teams (FPT) is a non-denominational organization promoting peace building, reconciliation and healing in conflict-torn regions. Founded on the Quaker values of peace and conflict resolution, Peacebuilding en las Americas, FPT’s initiative in Central America and Colombia, promotes non-violence through the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) and  healing workshops for victims of trauma.

Afro-Asiatic in Kenya

African and Asian Mangoes by Amanda Chew Qian Yi 5 years ago

It's funny how life works out. 8 months ago, Nov 2011, I went to the 2011 Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing. There, I met Anne Ikiara, Winner of the 2009 Anita Borg Institute Change Agent Award. Anne is the General Manager of Nairobits in Kenya. Today, 8 months later, I am in Nairobi, Kenya to teach 3D animation in the NGO Nairobits. Nairobits uses Infocomm Technology and multimedia to empower youths from the slums of Kenya.

Two Generations After the Vietnam War

Chopping Wind by My Dang 5 years ago

Investigating the Vietnam War, and how its legacy still shapes Vietnamese identity two generations after. Through collecting oral histories and conducting museum research, I will investigate public and personal perceptions of the Vietnam War across different generations and between North and South Vietnam. I will examine how various processes of knowledge production resulted in different Vietnamese identities at home and abroad, and within the context of the post-war Vietnamese Diaspora.

Kréyol Seasoning: A taste of Guadeloupe, the butterfly island in the Caribbean

A succulent taste of carnival by Renata Sago 5 years ago

Guadeloupe, a former French colony, became one of France's départements d'outre mer (overseas departments) in 1948. Located closer to Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic than to France, the island represents an original blend of Caribbean culture and French tradition. 

Read about everything from gwo ka to bus transportation and local politics in this conversation. 

Music Is Society: Designing the West-Eastern Divan Institute

Music Is Society: The Second Pilot... by Dylan Nelson 5 years ago

'Music Is Society' presents documentation of the 2012 pilot program
for the West-Eastern Divan Institute, a site which will engage creative
minds through the integration of a world-class musical training with a
broader education in history, politics, ethics, and peace studies. The
Berlin (Germany) institute will complement the world-renowned
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the music schools in Israel and
Palestine, projects envisioned and created by Maestro Daniel Barenboim
and Dr. Edward Said.



Questions facing the designers include:

2011 COP17 Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa

Shaping the Durban Platform: Latin... by Guy Edwards 5 years ago

From November 28 – December 10, Brown’s Climate and Development Lab are sending a team of faculty and students to participate at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations taking place in Durban, South Africa.

USA Tunisia Youth Debates

In the Streets by Sarah Forman 5 years ago

This March, I'll be traveling to Tunisia as one of 15 American Delegates to the 2012 USA Youth Debates. Our State Department-sponsored program (thank you to all my tax-paying, American readers) has led debate conferences in Cuba, Denmark, France, and other countries over the past two decades. It aims to promote debate around foreign policy while fostering connections between American students and their international counterparts. I'll be using this forum to document my preparations and travels.

Political Activism in Egypt: A Personal Narrative of a 60 Year Struggle for Political Rights and Human Dignity

The Process: Drafts in Storytelling by Tala Worrell 5 years ago

During the 2011-12 winter break, through the AT&T New Media Fellowship, I traveled to Cairo and Kuwait to re-trace my Grandfather's political activisim in Egypt through his memiors, photographs, video, and family. Ultimately through his voice and experience I hope to shed light on current events in Egypt today by placing them historically within a personal narrative. 

Democracy and Conflict in West Africa

Shaking Your Own Hand: Political... by Moctar Aboubacar 5 years ago

What role are democractic practices and institutions playing in West African development? What is the link between the failures of democracy and conflict in the region? What solutions to these failures are being proposed? Is there an 'African democracy'? What are the root causes of inter-ethnic and inter-community conflict?

Approaches to Effective Healthcare in Rural India

Nonprofits, Failure, and Efficacy by Nikilesh Eswarapu 5 years ago

The Milana Foundation is a student-run nonprofit organization focused on improving healthcare in rural India. This conversation chronicles thoughts on the work we are doing, as well as general challenges, innovation, and progress in the rural Indian healthcare space. Follow us on Twitter: @MilanaFnd and check out our website: 

Searching and Researching: The Legacy of Ujamaa in Present-day villages in Tanzania

Archival Research by Niwaeli Kimambo 5 years ago

It all starts with a deceptively simple question: What happens to a Ujamaa village when the government stops implementing socialism as an official policy?

The Oil Outlook

Hitting a new peak by Brigitta Greene 5 years ago

While the Obama administration pushes back a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and, with it, domestic energy policy for the near future, the American oil industry is charging ahead. New hydraulic fracturing methods are allowing us to extract oil from shales previously deemed not worth the effort. For industry leaders weighing investment in "greener" technologies, and for political leaders looking to decrease reliance on foreign oil, recent developments are shaking things up.

From Made in China to Innovated in China

Thoughts on Democracy in China by Kai Herng Loh 5 years ago

This winter, I will be traveling to Beijing on an AT&T New Media Fellowship to investigate innovation in China. Specifically, I am intrigued by the role of the government in shaping innovation. Beijing has set ambitious targets for China to become a world leader in Science & Technology, and wants China to be the country where the world's next Silicon Valley is located. Contrary to the US, the Chinese government has been extremely hands-on and involved when it comes to encouraging innovation in the private sector. 

Globalization in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

AT&T New Media Fellow Jonah David... by The Editors 5 years ago

This winter, I'll be traveling to Nicaragua to make a documentary exploring how of tourism, real estate, transnational corporations, and global governance affect a community economically, politically, and socially.

Utilizing Donated Medical Equipment and Aiding Rural Health Facilities Across the Globe with MED International

Meeting with the Vice President of... by Jayson Marwaha 5 years ago

A conversation that documents the progress made by MED International (a startup non-profit organization run by a student at Brown University) from its very beginnings to where it is now.

Concentrating Globally

Huong Dang '11: Postcolonial... by The Editors 5 years ago

Think globally, act locally. It's been said before. Here, we will be concentrating globally. Meaning, we will look at international academic concentrations at Brown, where students often engage in quite rigorous research and thesis writing on some very serious matters. Examples abound and we will share them with you over time. Feel free to send us your work as well at

Brown@Hajj: Understanding a Global Institution

End of line (Last CNN article) by R. David Coolidge 5 years ago

Brown University's Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community, R. David Coolidge, will be performing his second pilgrimage to Makkah this fall. The annual pilgrimage (known in Arabic as Hajj) is the largest annual religious gathering on Earth, with 2-3 million participants coming each year from almost every country. David will chronicle his trip, from before he leaves until after he returns, in order to foster understanding about this global institution.

The Costs of War

On 10th Anniversary in Afghanistan: The... by The Editors 5 years ago

The war on terror is nearly 10 years old. At this milestone, what sort of human, social, economic, and political costs has it incurred? Up to 225,000 lives have been lost and the wars will cost Americans between $3.2 and $4 trillion. But the story doesn't end there.

Voices from Rwanda // creative expression and social change

a journalist's perspective on the... by Meara Sharma 5 years ago

Meara Sharma, AT&T New Media Fellow, will spend the summer in Rwanda exploring the intersection of contemporary art, reconciliation, politics, and freedom of expression.

Medicine, Education, and Development: A summer in Panama

Adventures in Construction by Lisa Berdie 6 years ago

This summer I will be in Panama, learning more about the country that boasts some of the best economic growth rates in the region and also extreme inequality.  I will be working with MEDLIFE, an organization that works to improve the health care access of the poor by bringing medical brigades, staffed by local doctors and American students, to rural communities.  MEDLIFE is currently established in Ecuador and Peru; along with another intern I will be working on MEDLIFE's expansion project in Panama.  I will also be working along side a Panamanian non-profit called Madres Mae

Telugu and TB: healthcare ambitions in India

For the Cynics, and Goodbye by Laura Ucik 6 years ago

My musings, thoughts, stories, and progress during the course of Summer 2011 as I work through the Milana Foundation to start a health education program in rural India. Living in the Medak district in Andhra Pradesh for 12 weeks, I'll first spend some time doing research on the area before implementing our plans. This blog will be about both my own thoughts and the actual "stuff im getting done". Please feel free to contact me if you're interested, curious, or annoyed by something I've said. Thanks to all the beautiful people who've helped me make this even remotely possible!

The Communal Bowl: Exploring Art, Education and Health in Mali

Nutrition Conference and Forced... by Emily Goldman 6 years ago

The Communal Bowl project was founded by a group of four students (Rie Ohta '13.5, Tyler Lowell '13, Emily Goldman '14, Eliza Reynolds '14) and a professor (Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts and Performance Studies) from Brown University who received a Team Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award to work in Mali from July 8 - July 31.

Melting Glaciers and Shifting Landscapes: Adaptation to Climate Change in Peru

Final Thoughts from Peru by Emily Kirkland 6 years ago

This summer, I'll be traveling through Peru, interviewing local community members and representatives from NGOs and government agencies about efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Although my plans are constantly changing, my current itinerary will take me through Andean villages, coastal towns, deserts, and bustling cities. In some of these places, vanished glaciers and shifting seasons mean that climate change is already a daily reality. In others, increased droughts and stronger storms form a looming threat.

Enhancing Education in Guatemala

Post-Guatemala Reflections by Maia Chao 6 years ago

My name is Maia Chao and I am a junior concentrating in Sociocultural Anthropology. With the support of the Smoke Fellowship I will be living in Guatemala for 10 weeks working with the organization, Semillero Mi Angel Guardian. Similar to the Summerbridge program that I worked for in the states, this is a small project that works with the impoverished kids of Santa Ana, Guatemala to improve literacy and inspire creativity.

The Character of Mali

One Small Dogon Stares Malian Apathy in... by Sophie Shackleton 6 years ago

Boasting one of the most vibrant cultures in music and performance, Mali is also notorious for the character of its people.  How does the mimesis, distribution, and re-performance of the Malian identity reinforce both their cultural vivality and the strength of Malian communities?  And how is it changing for the better or worse with the onset of globalization and democracy in the new millennium?

Follow the Things

Andrea Wiley's Re-Imagining Milk by Jasmine Lee 6 years ago

This conversation focuses on the connections formed around commodities. In an increasingly globally connected world, it is getting harder and harder to know exactly where the things we consume come from. Such issues are at the heart of two undergraduate courses, one here at Brown and the other at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. This conversation will showcase student work from both schools, along with 'author commentary' from students as well as some additional thoughts from me (Jeff Bauer).

The United States in Afghanistan: Choices Institute 2011

A U.S. Perspective on Afghanistan by Ryan Lester 6 years ago

Coverage of the Choices Teacher Leadership Institute, taking place from July 11 to 15, 2011. The Institute will feature presentations from experts on Afghan history, culture, and politics.

Cambodian Headlines

A Bomb in the Ethical Jungle by Daniel Sherrell 6 years ago

This is a blog about news and news-making in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The next three months of my life will be spent living and working in this friendly, seething capital of more than 2 million, interning at the country’s premier English-language newspaper.  The Phnom Penh Post was established in 1992 and now delivers daily news to 20,000 Cambodian and international readers.


Amazon Life Cycle by Michela Fitten 6 years ago

This Blog chronicles the journey of documenting indigenous conflicts and protests against billion dollar extractive companies in Peru (oil, mining, hydroelectricity).

Join us as we travel around Peru from the Andean Highlands, to the depths of the Amazon Jungle, and into the intellectual circles of Lima. We will be updating with exclusive interviews from Tribal Leaders, International Human Rights Lawyers, Environmental NGOs and the voices of people most affected by these practices. 

Talking Taglish

Dream Big. Really Big. by Mike Chua 6 years ago

Taglish is a blend of the words 'Tagalog' and 'English.' It refers to the infusion of English words and phrases into Tagalog, the primary language of the Philippines.

But to me and thousands of other second-generation Filipino-American immigrants, Taglish is much more than just a way of speaking. It's our way of life.


AT&T Fellow receives Croatian Film... by The Editors 6 years ago

Watch Steven Ellis 10.5 give his take on modern Croatia.

La SAPE Congolaise: Tracing elegance between Brazzaville and Paris

Congotronics vs. Rockers concert by Alice Hines 6 years ago

This summer, I will be in Paris, France researching the Congolese sartorial practice, la SAPE. SAPE is an acronym for Société des Ambiencieurs et Personnes Elegantes, loosely translated as socieity of ambiencers and elegant people. (In French, the word “saper” is also slang for dressing up.) I will be blogging and producing video interviews about la SAPE's current incarnation in contemporary France.

Education and Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Graduation and Plans for the Future by Sam Kinsman 6 years ago

This summer I will be interning at Yachana Foundation, an NGO which promotes education and sustainability in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. 

Brown Rice: Food adventures in Southeast Asia

Reflections on historical memory:... by Chaz Kelsh 6 years ago

Fresh from our graduation robes, we are heading to Southeast Asia to explore the region's rich cultural, political and culinary diversity.

About Face

Detention Action by Henry Peck 6 years ago

About Facereflects the British government changeover to a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition after 13 years of Labour party rule. This new government is marked by a substantial deficit and the introduction of "austerity" politics designed to tackle the British financial crisis. While the UK population remains diverse, the government seeks to reduce net immigration, which may affect foreign students, workers and even British competitiveness.

Inside the Venice Biennale

Vandalism at the Greek Pavilion by Ariel Hudes 6 years ago

AT&T New Media Fellow Ariel Hudes '11 is working to make the Venice Biennale accessible to students around the world. In addition to blogging on the Global Conversation, she has launched Biennale Insider, a site created by young artists for young artists, and in her words, "designed to answer the questions that young people want answered" about the Venice Biennale. The Venice Biennale is considered the biggest event of the art world, and it brings together artists, curators, art collectors and art enthusiasts from aroun

Adventures in Heritage Preservation - Hong Kong/Providence Program

"Spirit of the Hong Kong people... by Josette Souza 6 years ago

This is to document my experience in the Joint Brown/CUHK Comparative Heritage Preservation summer course. The first 4 weeks are spent in HK attending classes through the Chinese University of HK, a week is spent in Beijing, China, and the final 4 weeks are spent in New England (Providence, other parts of Rhode Island, Boston, NYC).

There are 4 Brown students and 7 CUHK students total.

How To: A guide to using the Global Conversation

Blog on GC from your e-mail by The Editors 6 years ago

Posts on this thread will cover the basics of how to use this website most effectively, as well as addressing the technical challenges you might face.

Content will grow as we encounter and solve more problems — so your feedback from the user end is critical: please feel free to contact us with questions and feedback.

Please click here for more information and a quick overview of the website.

Global Economy: Trends and Issues

Impending Fissures by Henry Peck 6 years ago

this conversation covers issues relating to the the modern international political economy (IPE) -- from domestic US economic challenges like the budget and trade deficits, to the financial and ecomic issues in emerging countries across the world. Covers development, international finance, trade, global institutions, politics and other related themes.

UNFCCC COP16 Climate Negotiations in Cancun, Mexico

Students Reflect on Cancun Climate Talks by The Editors 6 years ago

I'm here with several Brown students, faculty, and staff, working with the Latin American Platform on Climate Change to cover the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico. I will be here for the first week of negotiations, from November 28th to December 5th, 2010. A second group of Brown students will be coming for the final week from December 5th to December 12th.

Crowdsourcing the Revolution: Social Media and the Middle East

Crowdsourcing the Revolution: Inaugural... by Raillan Brooks 6 years ago

This conversation developed out of a departmental independent study project, a collaboration between Claudia Norton '13 and Raillan Brooks '13. The project was initially intended to serve as the academic scaffolding for a project to be done over the summer in the Middle East. As time went on, it was decided to open the floor to discussion. The project itself focuses on interrogating the complex interface of social media and social transformation within the context of the recent uprisings across the Middle East.

Mideast Reports

A new dawn by Amanda Labora 6 years ago

Mideast Reports aims to link Arab voices to a global audience in the hope of providing a unique and intimate perspective on the revolutions taking place across the Middle East. 

TiffinTalk Radio

Bicycle sharing program in Mumbai;... by Thane Richard 6 years ago

Tiffin Talk is a new radio project in Mumbai with the simple goal of delivering relevant discussion. 

Bollywood drama ebbs and flows and stock prices rise and fall, but behind these redundant media smokescreens real people are accomplishing interesting feats and many fascinating stories slip through the cracks. 

Coloring Caracas

Disentangling Venezuela by Alexandra Ulmer 6 years ago

Oil-rich Venezuela has been presided over by the polarizing Hugo Chávez since 1998.

Amid-- and representing-- the Bolivarian Republic's divisions is it's vibrant street art. The graffiti splashed on the walls of its capital Caracas is emblematic of both the country's strong swerve towards socialism and its ever-present counterculture.

What do these murals say about contemporary Venezuela? How can they boost our understanding of expression, urbanity and the so-called Latin American Left?

Memoria Viva

Tying up loose ends by Sophia Li 6 years ago

An account of my semester on leave in Santiago de Chile, interning at el Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (the Memory and Human-Rights Museum).

Backpacking in Nicaragua, Alone

Final Reflections on Nicaragua by Kai Herng Loh 6 years ago

During this winter break, I'll be spending about 5 weeks backpacking in Nicaragua. Among Americans, and indeed citizens of developed countries around the globe, Central America is often viewed as a dangerous region filled with drugs and violence.

The technology of rural india - joining the 26th Shodh Yatra

Impressions from the Shodh Yatra by Elias Scheer 6 years ago

Tomorrow I will embark on my first of three flights, to be followed by an 8 hour car ride, all to reach the tiny Laitkynsew village, near Cherrapunji (Sohra) in the northeast state of Meghalaya in India. I will be joining the 26th Shodh Yatra, an bi-annual walking journey in a remote part of India, orchestrated by the organization SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions).

In SRISTI's own words, the objectives of the Shodh Yatra are

Running on the Periphery

Footage done - departing now! by Jordan Apfeld 6 years ago

Kenyan long-distance runners are among the most exceptional people on this planet. For the last forty years, the poor young Kalenjin farmers have been producing long-distance runners who continue to defeat the most highly-trained athletes in the world. Not only is this phenomenon more than worthy of unpacking, but it becomes especially important when considering the simple fact that with an honorable sponsor, winning international races can allow a triumphant runner to literally feed himself, his family, and his entire community.

Building a Solid Democracy

A Dialog on the Culture of Democracy by Munashe Shumba 6 years ago

Session one for Botin Scholars was devoted to analyze democracy as an evolving process, through lectures from President Ricardo Lagos, and Brown professors Peter Andreas and James Dar Derian. From a legal framework perspective, we believe that Latin American societies should guarantee an integrated system of rights that allows the effective exercise of citizenship.

Better Angels

A Muted Victory Lap by Ted Widmer 7 years ago

When President Obama speaks, Ted Widmer listens and the Global Conversation learns from his insight as a former presidential speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. Ted began his "Better Angels" blog with President Obama’s first Oval Office address, which he said marked an important moment in the ever-churning news cycle, then took us through Obama's next major moment –a "rather laborious victory lap" over the Iraq war, "searching for reasons to celebrate when they can be hard to find."

Football for Hope

Some Reflections by Katie Gannett 7 years ago

This blog tracks Katie Gannett’s research on the Football for Hope Festival in South Africa. Co-hosted by FIFA and streetfootballworld as an official event of the 2010 World Cup, the festival brought together 32 delegations of youth (ages 15-18) from Sport for Development and Peace organizations around the world.  During the 2-week event, the youth participated in a soccer tournament and program of cultural exchange.