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Uyuni, Bolivia: Photo Guide

The Bolivia-Chile border spans the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. This huge expanse receives an average rainfall of about half an inch per year and is composed of salares (salt lakes), red rocky terrain, volcanic lava geysers, and endless miles of sand. It took me three days to cross from...

A Guide to Churches in Rome

Have you ever thought about making a pilgrimage to Rome to soak up some religious culture, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to trawl through every Wikipedia and TripAdvisor entry under the sun? Well if that sums up your woeful apathy, then this handy list is right up your...

A Conversation with Jessica Pan ’09, Co-author of Graduates in Wonderland

Rachel Kapelke-Dale (right) and Jessica Pan (left), both graduated from Brown, went abroad, ended up in London, and co-authored ‘Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults’ — out now! VAGABOND: Can you give us a quick summary of your post-college years and what you are doing right now?...

New Orleans: Photo Guide

New Orleans.  She adored New Orleans. She idolized it all out of proportion. No — Make that: She romanticized it all out of proportion. To her, no matter what the situation was, this was still a town that could dance to the screeching of adversity and pulsate to the great...

Awe and Intimacy: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

Photographer Sebastião Salgado will show you the world, and he wants you to care. The famed Brazilian photographer’s latest project, Genesis, is a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life on Earth. Two weeks ago, I went to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan with the Portuguese and...

Accidentally Preserved

This past year, a group of graduate students led by artist Mark Dion and Professor Steven Lubar created “The Jenks Society for Lost Museums.” The society has put together an exhibition that provides useful approaches to unraveling the university’s past. It reveals the fragility of preservation and the importance of...

Take the 6 Train, Get Off At Canal

Chinatown is the swampiest corner of Manhattan. The crooked alleys filled with hot steam from sizzling food stands. A family of six squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder on a sidewalk with red-plastic-bagged groceries in their hands. Ill-paced delivery bicycles, teenage boys with gold chains and skateboards, men in button-ups holding paper takeout boxes...

Eat, Sleep, Hike, Repeat

With each step the air became cooler, cleaner, and crisper. Les Chapieux, the little mountain town we left that morning, was now 2,000 feet below us, a distant memory after three straight hours of uphill hiking. We still had another 1,000 feet or so before reached the pass, finally putting...

Can Divergences become Dialogues? A Reflection on the Hong Kong Protests

“The pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong would seem to have universal appeal — a David and Goliath tale starring young idealists, polite and considerate in their defiance, standing up to a mighty authoritarian government with a history of mercilessly crushing dissent.” This is the beginning of a typical English-language article about the...

Flowing Stories: China’s Women Directors

On October 4th, 5th, and 6th, Brown hosted the second Chinese Women’s Documentary Film Festival and Symposium: a three-day-long celebration of female filmmakers from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. During those three days, a total of nine films were screened, with topics ranging from Taiwan’s matchmaking culture to the...