As educators, as students, or as travelers, when we return from experiences abroad everything around us suggests that it’s time to return to “normal living,” life as it is, and by extension life as it should be. The mismatch between these strong environmental pressures to return to normal and our own deeply felt changes can lead to varying degrees of reverse culture shock.
When Chris Bashinelli made his first visit to Africa, he expected to see people mired in poverty, war, and starvation. In short, to see what was represented on TV in the United States reflected in reality. What he found, however, was not what he expected.
Budrus is a find! It is one of those documentaries that needs to be talked about and it will leave you thinking about your role on as a bridge builder to peace for days. Why? Because it shares a story that is not commonly told: It documents a Palestinian village’s non-violent response to a wall being built on their land by the Israelis. It is the winner of numerous awards and was called “A Must See Documentary” by The New York Times.
Egypt. It IS the news. But when you’re a study abroad adviser who had sent students to Egypt for the spring semester, your mind is focused: Safety. Their safety. Comforting and advising parents. Working with the partner institutions abroad. Communication, even when there is no internet.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made a surprise appearance at TED Women in Washington DC this past week. Her talk was about the role of women and girls in diplomacy, security and peace. (TED Women is an extension of the not for profit TED, which brings people together to share revolutionary ideas.)
Based on search data, Melibee readers have been anxiously awaiting this announcement! Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has once again invited video or essay applications to his “Win a Trip” Journalism Abroad contest. If you haven’t read about it in a previous posting on the subject, here is a short summary: