To Be a Traveler in Your Own Home

Story by Nina Rossiter When we think of study abroad, we often think of going to a place that we’ve never been to before, diving into new experiences and exposing ourselves to new cultures. I, too, had that imagination, but after picking up a Chinese minor, I was led back to China, where I had grown…

Florence & Food

Story by Alyssa Bilotta  “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” –  Martin Scorsese  Food was a major part of my experience when I studied abroad in Florence.  Eating any type of meal in Italy is an event, and food holds a special place in every Italian’s day. Ever…

Importance of a Global Perspective

Story and photo by Zoe Murphy I’ve lived in six countries, across four continents, in the last twenty one years. Growing up cross-culturally has taught me lessons no classroom or textbook ever could. I see people as a collection of their experiences, rather than pigeonholing them based on their ethnicity, assumed cultural norms or traditions….

Por qué vuelvo: Why I’m Going Back to Argentina

Story and photo by Matthew MacCormack There was no shortage of incredible moments on my Dialogue to Argentina and Uruguay last summer. I’ll never forget my excitement as our ferry approached the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia: the feeling of wonder as the icy, blue monstrosity took shape across the fog-cloaked water of Lago Argentina….

Enveloped by Art

Story by Illeana Cortessi I inherited my father’s love of art.  As a young child, I remember being dragged with my brother and sister to museum after museum, to art galleries and to architectural masterpieces. After my first dialogue in Italy where I studied family business, I decided to do something completely different next. As…

Family Business in Italy

Story by Illeana Cortessi “Buon giorno tutti!” said the bus driver as he was taking us into the city of Verona. We had finally arrived and, though tired, we were excited for the first day of our journey. We entered the hostel, up to our rooms, and started getting ready for our first traditional Italian…

The Danger of a Single Story

Story by Connie Dayina “I had never been outside Nigeria. We didn’t have snow, we ate mangoes and we never talked about the weather because there was no need to,” Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in a 2009 TED talk. “My characters also drank a lot of ginger beer, because the characters in the…

Making Human Connections in Sevilla and Barcelona

Story by Alessandra Grillo Throughout my early education and into freshmen year of college,  I studied Spanish language and culture.  Each textbook assignment and pedantic lecture that passed only crystallized my desire to immerse myself in the vivacious Spanish culture.  Ultimately, in order to understand the intricacies of this European cultural hub, I knew I…

The Beauty of Jordan

Story by Devin Windelspecht It seems that only the worst news comes out of the Middle East: wars in Yemen and Iraq, a refugee crisis in Syria, terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Beirut. With each passing year, the region appears to be becoming increasingly more dangerous, unstable, and conflict-prone. Beyond the headlines, however, there is…

Lessons From the United Nations Dialogue of Civilizations

Story by Chelsea Lauder It is amazing what one can learn from simply listening and questioning. Experiencing an international conference on today’s top security issues, listening to your Professor speak at a Conference on Disarmament forum, and having in depth conversations with the men and women who are actively writing treaties to change the world…

National Remembrance in Israel: Identity, Tradition, Emotion and Politics

Story and photo by Marie Schulte-Bockum, marie.schultebockum@gmail.com Chirping birds were circling above, the Spring sun was warming my back, and Orthodox men’s singing voices of great yearning filled the air. As I looked at the Western Wall for the first time in my life, I felt weak at the knees and had an overwhelming urge to cry:…

The Case for Dialogue

  Story by Connor Sadler, sadler.c@husky.neu.edu This summer I had the wonderful experience of traveling on one of Northeastern University’s “Dialogue of Civilizations programs”. This one month foreign immersion allowed me to take two classes whilst also exploring and enjoying the delights of Israel.  The beauty of dialogues, is that because they are short-term summer programs,…