ENDANGERED MUSEUMS: HOW COVID-19 THREATENS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

Jia Yu As dust finally settles onto the cold marbled floors, a hollow silence prevails over the galleries and winding corridors. Invaluable paintings still hang on the walls and frozen statues yet reside on their pedestals. However, in the midst of our global pandemic, gone are the days where visitors from all corners of the world would pack into the museums, anxiously hoping to beset … Continue reading ENDANGERED MUSEUMS: HOW COVID-19 THREATENS CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

SOULS OF SUMPANGO

Jacquelyn Davila The truth is, we never really entered Sumpango, Sacatepequez. It was All Souls’ Day, November 1st, the day before the Day of the Dead, but we did not visit the cemetery. We stopped in the middle of the road and quickly hopped off our ride, a refurbished van that had probably been shipped to Guatemala from Korea. We exited as quickly as a … Continue reading SOULS OF SUMPANGO

WELCOME TO SACRAMENTO

By Jacquelyn Davila Sacramento may be going through an identity crisis. Our holy water tower, our beloved welcome mat on Interstate 5, was recently defiled. It once proudly proclaimed “Welcome to Sacramento City of Trees.” Now those last three words are gone, replaced with an unfamiliar phrase: “America’s Farm to Fork Capital.” It was one of our own, Visit Sacramento, the local tourism agency, that … Continue reading WELCOME TO SACRAMENTO

MATERNITY DESERTS IN RURAL AMERICA

By Laura Robertson The night I was born, my parents almost didn’t go to the hospital. My father didn’t believe my mother when she woke up in the middle of the night, insisting she was going into labor. My mom was almost forty when she had me, making her pregnancy automatically high-risk. Luckily for her, it took me long enough to get my act together … Continue reading MATERNITY DESERTS IN RURAL AMERICA

学海无涯苦坐舟 (XUEHAI WUYA KU ZUO ZHOU): NAVIGATING THE SEAS OF LEARNING

By Kisara Moore China—the land of monks in yellow robes, spicy hot pot, and shopping plazas with glass elevators. It’d be difficult to find another country with a more extreme contrast between modernity and traditional life. This is especially so here in western China, where a stylish French hair salon is open for business less than a 45-minute drive from an ethnic minority village where … Continue reading 学海无涯苦坐舟 (XUEHAI WUYA KU ZUO ZHOU): NAVIGATING THE SEAS OF LEARNING

ON THE LIMITS OF STUDY ABROAD

By Ben Gelman Why so many Muscovites thought that I might have directions for them, I do not know. It wasn’t just me either, many of my fellow participants of the Moscow Global Seminar this past summer were approached at one point or another on the street by a confused local asking incomprehensible questions about how to get to their destination. None of us spoke … Continue reading ON THE LIMITS OF STUDY ABROAD

DUENDE

By Regina Lankenau and Maya Eashwaran Tener duende podría ser una similitud a tener alma. Es el sentimiento del artista convertido en puro arte. Su talento roza la perfección, es algo mágico y auténtico. “To “have duende” could be likened to having soul. It is the emotions of the artist converted into pure art. Their talent brushes with perfection, it is something magical and authentic.” … Continue reading DUENDE