Ryan Lester

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  • | October 7th, 2011
    In today's conversation, Armando Sanchez talks about the relationship between researchers and policy makers. Watch above!
  • | September 23rd, 2011
    In today's conversation, Surafel Abebe points out the shared links and challenges faced by all researchers in the Humanities. Watch above!
  • | August 31st, 2011
    In today's conversation, Yueping Xu discusses the potential impacts of climate change on current resource allocation and infrastructure practices. Watch above!
  • | August 24th, 2011
    In today's conversation, Shimelis Setegn talks about the future of development and good governance. Watch the clip above!
  • | August 17th, 2011
    In today's conversation, Khalid Siddig talks about the interdisciplinary nature of BIARI. Watch the clip above!
  • | August 15th, 2011
    This year at BIARI, Dominic Mhiripiri and I had the chance to talk to a number of BIARI participants about their research, their time at BIARI, and their thoughts on global politics. In the process, we leanred about topics ranging from hydralogiy to...
  • Jack Reed
    | July 29th, 2011
    The Choices Institute ended with a U.S. perspective on the war in Afghanistan. Jack Reed, a U.S. senator from Rhode Island and member of the Committee on Armed Services, spoke to the teachers about the situation on the ground in Afghanistan and the...
  • Jennifer Fluri
    | July 25th, 2011
    Like Benjamin Hopkins, Jennifer Fluri, Assistant Professor of Geography and Women's & Gender Studies at Dartmouth University, spent most of her presentation to the Choices Institute busting myths about Afghanistan. Fluri, however, focused on...
  • Benjamin Hopkins
    | July 18th, 2011
    Media coverage following the United States' occupation of Afghanistan has brought along with it a number of misconceptions about the country being occupied. They are a "tribal society," a "failed state," an "artificial colonial creation" and a "land...
  • | July 5th, 2011
    While the first half of "The Art of Peace" focused on defining peace and understanding the mechanisms of conflict resolution and peace-keeping, the second half focused on the actual "art of peace." What does peace look like? What are the elements...
  • | June 23rd, 2011
    Political analysis often focuses on the "big players," the people in power with the ability to make decisions. Popular culture is ignored, due to its lack of power or big players. And yet, the seeds of revolution are often sown here. Take, for...
  • | June 23rd, 2011
    The Internet is changing. While, on one hand, the Internet has been championed as a tool for peace and resistance, and the democracy often associated with the two, it has also increasingly become a new space for warfare, a new tool in sabotage. As...
  • | June 23rd, 2011
    Sure, structure such as institutions or treaties are necessary for human rights enforcement. With structure, you can keep people from killing one another or exploding into violence. But you can't make people like each other. You can't make real...
  • | June 22nd, 2011
    Human nature and behavior contains many a contradiction. For example: anger and empathy. Anger acts as a defense mechanism, creating tension and conflict. It, inherently, is not a bad thing: without conflict, there is progress. However, it can often...
  • | June 22nd, 2011
    The aesthetics of war have been explored in depth in both academic research and popular culture. After all, "war is sexy." But what about peace? What might an "Art of Peace" entail? The Global Media Project at the Watson Institute wants to ask if...
  • | March 1st, 2011
    Our intuition might lead us to believe that a rise in complaints filed with a government signals increasing instability, perhaps even an impending collapse. But, Martin Dimitrov, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, argued...
  • | 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...
  • Jake Shapiro
    | November 15th, 2010
        Two weeks ago, Jake Shapiro, Executive Director of Public Radio Exchange (PRX), gave a special presentation to the "Radio Non-Fiction" class at Brown University.  His company is a website dedicated to providing a distribution...
  • | October 31st, 2010
    Dictatorships rely upon the censoring of information to drown out any dissenting voices; the entire point of a dictatorship is, after all, ensuring that there is only one voice.  But, dictatorships also rely upon growth and trade; they are able...
  • | October 18th, 2010
    On the last day of Better World By Design, attendees gathered at the expo to share concrete examples of the "good design" talked about all weekend.  I managed to get a few of the groups at the expo to talk about their projects; above are a few...
  • | October 12th, 2010
    I attended the Better World by Design conference last weekend, and had a great time. My reflections and comments are recorded in the video below. I'm open to any comments, refutations, addendum, etc. you might have on what I have to say. ps....
  • | 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...
  • | July 1st, 2010
    The final BIARI interview is with Mario Negre, a researcher here at the BIARI Institute on Climate Change and its Impacts.  We talked about bridging the gap between academic research and policy making, between academics and legislatures.
  • | July 1st, 2010
    Today we have the last two BIARI interivews.  First is Lydia Olaka, from Kenya here at the BIARI Institute on Climate Change and its Impacts.  We talked about the problems of water supply and ecology.
  • | June 29th, 2010
    My second interview is with Saumya Chakrabarti, a researcher from eastern India here at the BIARI Institute on Development and Inequality in the Global South.  We talked about the exclusion of the informal sector from the formal sector, the...
  • | June 29th, 2010
    Today, I'll be posting up two interviews. The first conversation is with Max Kigobe, a researcher from Uganda here at the BIARI Institute on Climate Change and its Impacts.  We talked about climate change modeling and multi-disciplinary...
  • | 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-...
  • | June 28th, 2010
    Another interview is up today! Meet Carlos Shenga, a researcher from Mozambique here at the BIARI institute on Development and Inequality in the Global South. During my conversation with him, he talked about elections and inequality, and the...
  • | June 24th, 2010
    Today's interview is with Rashmi Larasati, a researcher from Indonesia here at the "Towards a Critical Global Humanities" Institute, on the conversation surrounding the new Humanities.  I'll be back with more interviews next week. In the...
  • | June 22nd, 2010
    Today's interview is with Maria Jose Alvarez, a researcher from Uruguay here at the BIARI institute on Development and Inequality in the Global South, on her research on urban inequality and the global view found at BIARI. More interviews still to...
  • | June 21st, 2010
    Hello!  My name is Ryan Lester, and over the past week I've been interviewing researchers here at BIARI from across the Global South about their research, the conversations they've engaged in here at BIARI, and the challenges they've...