A Day on the Camino de Santiago

Story by Christopher Mahir, Dialogue of Civilizations | Photos by Courtney Seeley The day began with hail dropping to the floor with a specific ferocity. In fact, this was the first time that it had hailed in Spain in almost a decade. I was not very optimistic to walk 20 miles, especially with the abysmal…

Life After Amman

Story by Zoe Lozano-Strickland, Dialogue of Civilizations | Photo by Sydney Wise Growing up in Oakland, California, I never had to imagine a lifestyle different from mine and my community’s. I was raised by two working parents who emphasized independence, initiative and a diehard work ethic. My extended family was scattered along the West Coast…

People of Havana

Photos by Samantha Barry, Dialogue of Civilizations When I traveled to Cuba in May 2019, the thing that struck me most about the country was the people. My camera was constantly drawn to whatever people were doing and I was always interested in the ways they were interacting with their environment. I spent the majority of…

Reflections on our Inseparability

Story by Kendall Trelegan, Dialogue of Civilizations | Photo by Micayla Chow Inseparability was first introduced to our Dialogue by Dr. Vandana Shiva. Whether she was speaking about the interdependence of nature on its biodiversity or the importance of diversity of thought among people, she continually returned to the theme of separatism as the root…

The Teacher Becomes the Student

Story by Julia Moore, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Julia Moore “Will you be our teacher?”  A little girl had grabbed a book and handed it to me. I looked at her and my face lit up. There are a lot of opportunities to make connections with people from a completely different culture when you’re abroad,…

A Lasting Connection

Story by Kayla Mackay, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Kayla Mackay This past summer I was fortunate enough to attend the Social Enterprise and Micro-Consulting Dialogue in Cape Town, South Africa. It was a trip that allowed us to work with and consult local entrepreneurs from the area and learn more about the social and economic…

Inspired to Act

Story by Nile Drochak, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Annie Sigl As I shoved my unfolded clothes into my suitcase and snatched my passport while rushing out the front door for the airport, I thought, “Wait, where exactly is Bosnia and Herzegovina? And is it one or two different countries?” At the time, I did not know that…

What’s So Special About Geneva?

Story by Marcus Mahtemework, Dialogue of Civilizations⎜Photo by Marcus Mahtemework We all have colorful expectations of studying abroad. Whether the charm lies in experiencing native cuisine, absorbing the local culture or attempting to speak a foreign language with the people of the country, most of us welcome the opportunity to study outside the United States…

The Enigmatic Russian Soul

Story and Photo by Rintaro Nishimura, Dialogue of Civilizations Exploration comes with surprises and discovery. My summer escapade to explore a new culture led me to discover the enigmatic Russian soul. Culture is the values, beliefs, and traditions of a group of people. We delved into the enigma through four main topics: architecture, food, society, and…

The Barefoot Philosophy

Story by Chelsey Harmer, Dialogue of Civilizations ⎜ Photo by Maria Virginia  Sitting on the ground in a circle, barefoot, metal trays in front of us, watching the locals skillfully eat a heaping plate of dal, rice, and roti without using any silverware. Children from a nearby village wandering over to play, learning their names…