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Curating the Global Conversation is a group of student editors and media assistants that changes from year to year. Current editors are Dominic Mhiripiri '13 and Harpo Jaeger '14. Past editors and media assistants have included Kai Herng Loh '13, Kaori Ogawa '12, Steven Ellis '11, Michela Fitten '11, Eric Johnson '11, Ryan Lester '12, Tyler Lowell '13, and Daniela Postigo '11.


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  • | 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...
  • | March 27th, 2013
    Over the next two days (Wednesday and Thursday, March 27th and 28th) we're rolling out some new features on Global Conversation!  Our work will cause some intermittent site outages – we expect everything to be back to normal on Friday the 29th.
  • | February 3rd, 2013
    After a successful inaugural semester featuring speakers across many disciplines, from His Excellency S.M. Krishna, External Affairs Minister of India, to renowned journalist Barkha Dutt, and Chief Economist of the World Bank, Kaushik Basu, the...
  • | January 26th, 2013
      Yesterday, the Watson Institute launched an exciting new social media feature thusly:   "To celebrate the arrival of Friday, we’re launching a new series that (tenuously) links music and international studies. Each month, we’ll ask you...
  • | January 2nd, 2013
      Would you like to walk back to an awesome (free) prize when you return to campus this Spring? Great. Simply take a photo of you during this winter break that: 1. Shows you in any "international" setting (anywhere outside the US, at an airport...
  • | December 25th, 2012
      Most of you have already, or are still traveling for the holidays. Here’s a quick list of 3 things you will find useful and interesting for the rest of the break: 1. Watch past events video and listen to audio content: The website’s multi-...
  • | November 28th, 2012
    Applications are now open for the three summer fellowships offered by the Watson Institute for International Studies for Brown students! The Fellowships offered are:   1. AT&T New Media Summer Fellows ProgramThis fellowship provides up...
  • | November 5th, 2012
    Brown Daily Herald   Monday, November 5 2012 Hannah Abelow '14 CAPE TOWN, South Africa — “Michelle Obama ate lunch next door,” bragged a shopkeeper selling an odd assortment of antiques and vintage knick-knacks in the gentrifyingCape Town...
  • | October 24th, 2012
      Word On Campus asked Brown students and a recent alum to respond to the presidential debates this year, particularly, the final debate on foreign policy.   The students are: Elizabeth Fuerbacher '14  Manas Gautam '12 Sheryl Hado '13...
  • | October 2nd, 2012
      The Watson Institute for International Studies has announced the opening of applications for the 2012/2013 AT&T New Media Winter Fellows! The fellowships provides Brown students with funding of up to $1,500 to engage in innovative...
  • | July 19th, 2012
    A blog post from Greece by Valerie Bondura ’13, a double concentrator in Archaeology and the Ancient World and Latin American Studies and a Brown International Scholar, appeared on Brown’s homepage on July 6. In her post, titled “What it Means to...
  • | 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.
  • | February 9th, 2012
    The Global Conversation was featured on the front page of yesterday's Brown Daily Herald.  The article, "Fellows Showcase Adventures Abroad on Blog," begins: "Five adventurous students received fellowships this year to showcase their multimedia...
  • | January 25th, 2012
    During the winter break, the fourth cohort of AT&T Media Fellows has been posting videos, radio segments, photos, and essays from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East on the Global Conversation. You can watch Nicholas Carter ‘11.5’s...
  • | January 12th, 2012
    “In the end Durban might have been a turning point,” J. Timmons Roberts said recently, as he returned from the COP 17 global climate change negotiating session that closed in December in South Africa. Roberts, a Brown professor and director of the...
  • | January 2nd, 2012
    A second cohort of Botín Scholars came to Brown University last October. They came, they saw, they networked – they developed their political aspirations even further. And they blogged about their thoughts and experiences – their "...
  • | 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...
  • | December 13th, 2011
      Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies announces AT&T New Media fellowships of up to $3,500 for the 2012 summer break. The fellowships are intended for Brown students who are pursuing innovative international...
  • | December 13th, 2011
    Videotape your winter break experience on the Global Conversation and win a prize. The Watson Institute is offering to loan Flip video cameras to Brown students who have international winter break plans, to document their experiences on the Global...
  • | 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...
  • | December 7th, 2011
    As we mentioned previously, Winter 2011 AT&T New Media Fellow Jonah David's documentary, A Moment in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, screened in the Second Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. We're excited to say that the film...
  • | November 28th, 2011
    PLME student Jayson Marwaha (Human Biology '14 M'18) founded MED International, an organization dedicated to improving health access in developing countries, over the summer. He sits down with the Global Conversation to tell us more about the...
  • | 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...
  • | November 16th, 2011
    Winter 2011 AT&T New Media Fellow Jonah David created a documentary short as part of his fellowship in Nicaragua. We're excited to announce that it will screen this Saturday as part of the Second Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in...
  • | November 16th, 2011
    Huong Dang '11 shares her International Relations thesis asking, "What accounts for variations across immigrant groups in their participation in the social, political, and economic spheres of their home countries?" She draws upon the specific cases...
  • | 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...
  • | 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...
  • | November 14th, 2011
    In the wake of the rising popularity of organic food and sustainable food production, Sophia Fuchs '11 presents her Development Studies thesis on the diffusion of organic agriculture, as "an innovation in the developing world." She focused her...
  • | 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...
  • | November 9th, 2011
    Strait Talk is a non-partisan dialogue program that seeks to transform international conflict by connecting young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States and empowering them to strive for peace. Strait Talk 2011 will start...
  • | 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...
  • | October 19th, 2011
    Meara Sharma '11 has been in Rwanda since the beginning of the summer as an AT&T New Media Fellow, and has been documenting her travels here at the Global Conversation on her blog, "Voices from Rwanda // creative expression and social change."...
  • | 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...
  • Audience at Brown's Occupy teach-in
    | October 17th, 2011
    As a follow-up to our round-up post on Brown's Occupy movement teach-in, here are selected photos from the evening, taken by Sujaya Desai '14 for the Global Conversation.  
  • | 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...
  • Teach-In at Brown
    | October 13th, 2011
      An estimated 600 participants at the 10/12 "Thinking Crisis: Thinking Change: a Teach-in on the Occupy Movement" at Brown received everything from a history of protest movements to admonitions to "be careful what you wish for," according...
  • | 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...
  • | October 7th, 2011
    The terrible toll of a decade of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan: "It's very tough to talk about, but we have to." In this video, Costs of War project co-director Neta Crawford talks in detail about the costs in blood and treasure that people...
  • | 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,"...
  • | October 1st, 2011
    Steve Daniels graduated from Brown University in 2010 with an independent concentration in Technology for Emerging Markets. He launched a new magazine titled Makeshift at an event on the first day of the Better World by Design conference 2011. The...
  • | October 1st, 2011
    Aaron Horowitz, a senior from Northwestern University, is representing Design for America at A Better World by Design 2011. In the video, Aaron shares what his organization is about, and how better design can improve the quality of our lives. Design...
  • | October 1st, 2011
    On the sidelines of A Better World by Design 2011, The Global Conversation sits down with Tino Chow, Rhode Island School of Design '09 (Industrial Design) and Co-Founder of A Better World by Design, for a short video interview. For more related...
  • | September 30th, 2011
    The Global Conversation is excited to be covering the Better World by Design conference again this year! We'll be bringing you videos, photo-essays and blog posts straight from the conference over its 3-day duration from Sep 30 to Oct 2. In addition...
  • | September 30th, 2011
    The Watson Institute for International Studies announces AT&T New Media fellowships of up to $1,500 for the winter break during December 2010 and January 2011. The fellowships are intended for Brown University students who are pursuing...
  • ChrossTalk logo
    | 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...
  • | September 11th, 2011
    "There is an immense and urgent requirement to learn from the experience of the past decade."   costsofwar.org
  • | September 7th, 2011
    Perhaps the first rule of overseas development assistance should be this: Ask. That's what Elizabeth Adler '11 took away from her research in Nepal, where she witnessed a classic healthcare delivery market failure in a nonprofit initiative for...
  • | 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...
  • | July 21st, 2011
    Watch researchers from the multi-university Costs of War project describe the human and financial toll of America's past decade in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Then visit costsofwar.org, where project findings are summarized for easy...
  • Steven Ellis '10.5
    | July 20th, 2011
    Steven Ellis ’10.5, one of last summer’s AT&T New Media Fellows, has received word that his project — a documentary on corruption in Croatia — has received a grant from the Croatian National Film Board in the Documentary Feature Category. The...
  • Chinua Achebe
    | June 16th, 2011
      “This is your task.”  Last evening, African literary lion Chinua Achebe challenged BIARI 2011 participants to succeed where leaders in Africa and the international community have so far failed to improve the continent’s prospects. Achebe...
  • | 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...
  • | June 5th, 2011
      Participants in last year's BIARI conference at Brown spoke with Global Conversation about their areas of research were they work; they all participated in two of BIARI's institutes: Development and Inequality in the Global South, and the...
  • | June 3rd, 2011
      Are you hiking, filming geography and nature, meeting local residents in a remote place, or any other kind of fieldwork abroad, then blogging about it on Global Conversation? If you are, then you will find our new application to blog easily...
  • | May 26th, 2011
    In her senior honors thesis last May, international relations concentrator Victoria Haddad-Salah’10 addressed the disparity between international codes of refugee treatment and the actual treatment of refugees on the ground in host countries. To...
  • | May 26th, 2011
    Last summer, development studies concentrator Jordan Worthington ’11 cast a practical gaze upon a program in East Timor that pairs church and state to deliver public health messages. Her findings, made possible by a Jack Ringer ’52 Summer...
  • | May 26th, 2011
      Promoting the Brazilian city of Bahia to tourists as the blackest city outside of Africa has produced upsides and downsides. The downsides are laid out in the thesis presented in this video by Kristin Krussell on her way to graduating in...
  • | May 25th, 2011
    More tips for GC blogging ·       Remember to always share your stories on social networking sites like Facebook. It is also a great idea to post the URL of your profile or main blog on other sites you use, like Twitter...
  • | May 25th, 2011
    The Global Conversation is pleased to announce a new social media outreach initiative. You can win a $20 GlobalGiving e-Gift Card just by liking our page on Facebook! The Watson Institute for International Studies is the sole sponsor of this...
  • May 21st, 2011
    We are proud to present Talking Points, our e-newsletter for the Global Conversation. Talking Points provides a round-up of the latest happenings on the Global Conversation, and highlights stories readers may find interesting. Readers will...
  • | 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...
  • | May 20th, 2011
    Here are a few samples of blogs / conversations on Global Conversation:     Best use of photography, great writing: Coloring Caracas  a blog by winter fellow Alexanda Ulmer (Brown '11) who explored how street grafitti reflects the...
  • | May 20th, 2011
      When students ask for basic tips – beyond blogging to describe your plans, your arrival in-country, and so forth – we provide the dozen tips for a topical blog below. (We do not endorse all of them – picking fights, for instance...) Blogging...
  • | May 20th, 2011
      Here's a quick guide to setting up a complete profile on Global Conversation and starting posting on the blog(s) you create  and the ones that already exist...   1.     Go to http://globalconversation.org 2....
  • | May 18th, 2011
    For the second summer, AT&T New Media Fellows are going out into the world, conducting innovative international research and activism, and reporting back on the Global Conversation. This summer's 11 fellows will be traveling to nine countries –...
  • | 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...
  • | 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...
  • | May 3rd, 2011
    Late last year, Brown students headed off to the global climate change negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, and blogged what unfolded on the Intercambio Climatico, Brown University website, and Global Conversation. Now, we bring these...
  • | May 2nd, 2011
        On Sunday, May 1, 2011, United States president Barack Obama announced to the world that a US army operation in Pakistan had resulted in the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden, ending a ten-year pursuit of a man widely regarded as...
  • | 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...
  • | 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...
  • Ricardo Lagos
    | 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...
  • | March 21st, 2011
      "Do you see government as part of the problem or solution in addressing environmental and social issues in Latin America?" To put it mildly, Latin America is one of the regions in which non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations...
  • | March 21st, 2011
      We now turn to Tanmay Misra ’11 and his video, Indian Wedding, in our ongoing virtual screening of winners and honorees in the Global Conversation Video Contest. Two videos tied to win the contest – the one above portraying the beauty and...
  • | March 21st, 2011
        What are effective approaches to peace making in Sri Lanka? This was the question behind the Development Studies Program thesis titled “From Our New Thoughts, We Can Change the World: Sarvodaya Shanthi Sena as a Case Study of...
  • | March 16th, 2011
    How can the survival of many minority groups be explained despite the rise of the BJP, a right-wing national party in the Indian state of Gujarat that operates on “exclusionary practices?” This was the research question behind the thesis presented...
  • | 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...
  • | March 14th, 2011
    Two videos have tied to win the Global Conversation Video Contest – one portraying the beauty and ritual of an Indian wedding and the other depicting the struggle of Wolof-speaking Senegalese people to protect and extend their language in the...
  • | March 11th, 2011
    "Will 21st century Russia be as important on the global arena as it was in the 20th century?" For good or for bad, the USSR was a superpower in the 20th century, dominating the global arena and impossible to ignore. But since the collapse of the...
  • | March 11th, 2011
    For her senior thesis presented in May 2010, Development Studies concentrator Yasmin Yu looked at the linkages between the state of Senegal and the Sufi brotherhoods that comprise approximately 94% of the country’s Muslim population. Her study...
  • | March 7th, 2011
    In her senior honors thesis presented last May, Development Studies concentrator Kona Shen focused on how international aid as a response to natural disasters has negatively impacted the Hatian government. Her research was born out of an internship...
  • | March 6th, 2011
    Argentina has a strong tradition of organized labor and the working class was known to have a strong influence over national politics, though this influence decreased significantly after the Peron’s administration. Argentina’s subsequent crisis...
  • | March 5th, 2011
    "Do you think popular uprising will lead to real political change in the Middle East?" The world's attention has been fixated on the Middle East since popular uprising in Tunisia resulted in the overthrow of Ben Ali's dictatorial regime. Egypt...
  • Organizational meeting in Egypt
    | 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...
  • | February 15th, 2011
    Brown Badmaash dance numbers are a fusion of South Asian and Western styles: bhangra, hiphop, garba/raas, lyrical, bharatanatyam, salsa, Bollywood, breakdancing — and, at least in this case, with a generous heaping of media fusion on top. Just...
  • | February 13th, 2011
    "In light of the recent developments in Egypt, what is your opinion of the US supporting allied countries that have autocratic regimes?" is the question asked in this episode of "Word on Campus", a new feature launched by the Global...
  • | 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...
  • | February 12th, 2011
    This is a new feature launched by the Global Conversation to engage students on global issues. Each time, we interview a few students, and get them to talk about a selected issue. In this inaugural episode, we interview 4 students, asking them...
  • | 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...
  • | 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...
  • | 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...
  • | January 25th, 2011
    As AT&T Winter Media Fellows return from abroad, a call for applications is issued for the summer '11 cohort of AT&T New Media Fellows. The Watson Institute is now accepting applications for AT&T New Media Fellowships for the summer of...
  • | 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...
  • | 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 “...
  • | 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...
  • | January 18th, 2011
      Presenting his senior thesis via the internet while working on a project in the Amazon, Charles Harding '10 discusses the commercialization of non-timber products in Amazonia in the hopes of preserving the dwindling rain forest. "...
  • | January 17th, 2011
      In the midst of the Cote d'Ivoire's current political crisis, we take the opportunity to post Moctar Aboubacar '10's thesis presentation from last May, as he was graduating from Brown's Development Studies Program.   In it, he...
  • | 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...
  • | 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....
  • | 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...
  • | 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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    | November 28th, 2010
    December 10 is the deadline to enter the Global Conversation Video Competition.  The Watson Institute is loaning Flip video cameras to Brown students who have international winter break plans, to document their experiences on the Global...
  • | 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...
  • | November 16th, 2010
    Rachel Thakore is the president of Brown's chapter of Nourish International, an NGO focused on providing support to community-based organizations in developing countries. That could describe half of the clubs at Brown, though - and Nourish wants you...
  • | November 12th, 2010
    Kyle spent the summer of 2010 in the Kingdom of Bhutan, an isolated, rural state which lies between China and India. While it may not get much attention from the Wall Street Journal or The Economist, Bhutan is an icon in the worlds of development...
  • | November 11th, 2010
    For her senior thesis last year, development studies concentrator Trisha Pande ’10 turned her sites on the United States, where a 1990s federal law was passed that created what she calls citizen-based exclusion from welfare. By making legal...
  • | 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...
  • Amos Budde in Bolivia
    | October 29th, 2010
    Brown alums are becoming more active on the Global Conversation, adding their voices to those of the students and faculty members who are sharing their ideas about global problems and experiences in global social change. Among the alums is Masumi...
  • | October 21st, 2010
    The Watson Institute announces AT&T New Media fellowships of up to $1,500 for the winter break during December 2010 and January 2011. The fellowships are intended for Brown University students to pursue innovative international projects during...
  • | 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...
  • | 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...
  • | October 14th, 2010
      Global norms – from the United Nations and the like – can be useful, according to Brown University development studies graduate Laura Marcus ‘10. That, in and of itself, challenges notions that all such norms are too top-down – or, too often...
  • | October 7th, 2010
    With the rise of antiretroviral drug treatment (ART) has there been a related reduction in HIV-related stigma? This was the question behind the thesis presented at the end of the past academic year by development studies concentrator Melanie Zuch ’...
  • | 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...
  • | October 3rd, 2010
    Politicians in South Africa often employ leftist rhetoric to appeal to the country’s predominantly poor and black population. But in reality their policies cater to both rich and poor in ways that deprive the underserved inner city, according to...
  • | October 1st, 2010
    The Global Conversation is now officially launched – as an online media platform for Brown University students, student groups, faculty, and alums to share their international research and initiatives. Over the summer, some 50 members of the Brown...
  • | 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...
  • | August 20th, 2010
    In her time as a development studies concentrator at Brown, Julie Siwicki ’10 researched Tontines, which are informal moneylending circles in Mali. Poor women in Tontines pool their money as part of a rotating savings and credit exchange. Julie...
  • | 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...
  • | August 13th, 2010
    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...
  • | 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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    | 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...