Brown International Scholars Program 2012

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.


United Kingdom
El Salvador
South Korea
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Luis Campos | April 30th, 2013
    “Finally” I thought as my friend Franco invited me to watch a soccer match with him. I had been waiting for the opportunity to watch a soccer match ever since I had first arrived in Buenos Aires and the upcoming match between the visiting Godoy Cruz...
  • Funerary relief (510–500 BC) depicting wrestlers (Creative Commons)
    Luis Campos | February 24th, 2013
    On February 12th, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that wrestling would no longer be considered a core sport of the Olympics (via The official announcement alluded to the possibility of wrestling no longer being a...
  • Valerie Bondura | July 13th, 2012
    I wasn't going to write about an interaction I had yesterday with a young Greek employee at a cell phone store, partly because this blog is supposed to reflect my archaeological research, not my social experiences, and also partly because the...
  • Valerie Bondura | July 9th, 2012
    One of the biggest obstacles to researching the Romá is that there are more names for them than seems possible. Just when I think I have finally completed an exhaustive list of nouns that refer to the Romá, I come across just one more. It never ends...
  • Post-protest graffiti in Athens, March 2012
    Valerie Bondura | July 6th, 2012
    I haven't written yet, because I truly haven't known where to begin. That, and I tend to get distracted reading about all of the other amazing things people are doing whenever I log on to the Global Conversations website... I have been in Greece...
  • Maia Chao | June 30th, 2012
    I am ending my first, very long day in Guatemala, which began at 4:45 this morning, when I caught a chicken bus to Cajolá, a Mayan town in the mountains on the outskirts of Xela. Yesterday I was in Providence, this morning I left a Mayan Mam...
  • Le Tran | June 27th, 2012
    Sometimes the too-modern, sky-reaching center of Singapore can get a little exhausting, maybe even suffocating. The forest of buildings and conundrum of streets can all be too nauseating. To get a break from Singapore’s overpriced, fast-paced...