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The Question of Commonality: The Way “Home” Shapes Similarities and Facilitates Differences

For the past four years, I have called Franklin, Tennessee home. Its culture and idiosyncrasies have shaped my thinking and my values. In so many ways, although I have lived there for a relatively short time, it is the place… Continue Reading →

Facilitating Factors: An Exploration of the Determinants of Sustainable Progress in the Global South

Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to study economic and social growth in Singapore, a small island city-state in Southeast Asia. As a main focus of the project, I examined their progress toward attaining the United Nations… Continue Reading →

Perspectives at Play: How One’s View of the International System Impacts Understanding of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

This past Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a talk by Dr. Ian Lustick on his book, Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality. During this presentation, Dr. Lustick reflected on the history of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict… Continue Reading →

Reflecting on Reflections: Reactions to the Clarke Forum’s Panel on the Ukraine-Russia War

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion reflecting on the Ukraine-Russia War after one year. The event, hosted by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, began with an examination of current ground conflict as illustrated by… Continue Reading →

Otherness and Individuality: How Exclusion Impacts the Way We See Those Around Us

In early January of this year, I returned to college a few days early to participate in tour guide training. During that weekend, one information session focused on the idea of inclusivity and belonging. The presentation started with a single… Continue Reading →

The House that Built Me (And You): How “Home” Shapes Our Differing Perspectives

Last week, I had the opportunity to virtually meet with students from the American University of Sharjah as part of a class exchange facilitated by the Stevens Initiative. We discussed much, from the purpose of our partnership to future plans… Continue Reading →

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