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The Summer I Discovered Italian Music

BY CAROLINE BOLOGNA Fun fact about me: I once spent an entire summer speaking only Italian…in the middle of Vermont. During the summer of 2012, I enrolled in Middlebury College’s Italian language school, La Scuola Italiana. Offering a wide variety of courses in Italian culture, art, cinema, cuisine, literature and...

Impermanence is an Identity, Too

BY KRISHAN AGHI I‘ve lived in five countries, but have never stayed in a home for more than three years. I identify—strongly—as culturally confused. I look at my cultural and national identity as the result of a series of disconnected experiences, connected solely by the fact that they are mine....

Exploring Chile Through Photos

BY TOM SULLIVAN I broke the cardinal rule of study abroad.  During my time in Chile this past fall, I did not keep a journal.  Instead, I took over 4,000 photographs.  My love for photography brought me to amazing places and introduced me to incredible people.  I found myself tear-gassed...

Sochi: A Summer City for the Winter Olympics

BY ALEKSANDRA LIFSHITS Like many other Russians, I have fond memories of Sochi as Russia’s prime summer destination. I learned to swim there, splashing around in the Black Sea while enjoying Sochi’s famous beaches, and I relished in the cool shadow of the palm trees during the warm summer months....

How the Kebab Became Catalan

BY ARON LESSER Cataluña is a startling site of raw cultural diversity. In 1991, about 8,000 foreigners lived in Barcelona. By 2013, that number totaled over 80,000, roughly 50,000 of which arrived in a burst between 2004 and 2006. Nowhere was the influx of foreigners more evident than in Barcelona’s...

Borderlinks: Humanizing an Issue

BY NICK ANDERSON Assumptions are easy and comforting to make, and are most often the product of incomplete or imperfect information or understanding. Over winter break, I joined eight other students from the Brown/RISD Catholic Community in an attempt to flesh out our understanding of the current immigration issues we...

14 Events to Attend in 2014

BY LINDA NAVON CHETRIT Whether you are into music, sports, the arts, or fashion, 2014 holds a variety of international events for the ambitious traveller. If you were looking for a list of great events to attend (or daydream about attending during your 9am), look no further. MUSIC Coachella Music...

The Spectacle of the Chinese Historical Drama

BY BAILEY HU Flip through the channels on a TV in China, and you might come across something like this: attractive women and men dressed in the elaborate costumes of the Chinese imperial court, speaking in riddles and plotting against each other. On a recent evening in Shenzhen, China, I...

The Changing Eateries of a Changing Cuba

BY ANISA KHANMOHAMED The recent restaurant boom in the Cuban capital city Havana, particularly as it pertains to the emergence of cafeterías and paladares, provides visitors from around the world an honest way to connect with contemporary Cuban culture. These dining spaces, cafeterías catering mainly to typical Cubans using state-prescribed...

Istanbul: A Difficult Question

BY KUTAY ONAYLI Photos courtesy of Önder Kaya.    A perk of coming from Istanbul is that new acquaintances almost always assume you will make an interesting conversation partner. Of course, international students from fascinating places all over the world are accustomed to hearing exclamations when they answer the question “So…where...