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…

The Glistening Pearls of Qatar

Story by Alyssa Pascoe, Fellowship | Photo by Alyssa Pascoe and Sydney Wise Kaleidoscopic city lights dotted the skyline as we drove into the city from the airport, the warm winds welcoming us inward. Although my eyes were heavy with exhaustion, I was eager for every drop of beauty I could capture from my bus…

Istanbul-Induced Introspection

Story by Ahmet Küçükuncular, Personal Story⎜Photo by Lucy Hoffman Never before has leaving a place behind saddened me more than when I left Istanbul in July after my brief yet mesmerising stay. Even the notion of not being able to open my eyes to the view of the Bosphorus the next morning nearly convinced me to…

The Cats of Amman

Story by Maggie King, Global Co-op⎜Photo by Maggie King My home in Amman was on the top of a hill, like at least half of the houses in the undulating landscape of the city. “Right off the Seventh Circle, then go to the supermarket and make two turns,” I would instruct my taxi drivers in…

Invisible Borders yet Still Coexisting

Story and Photo by Danielle Murad Waiss The smell of a bonfire surrounds me. Behind me are the beaches of Tel Aviv and in the evening sun, the sky is painted many oranges and pinks. As I move forward, I leave behind the tourists, the Tel Aviv fitness freaks and the strolling couples. As I…

The Power of Narratives in Shaping Identity

Story and Photo by Olivia Sorenson, Dialogue of Civilizations Over the past two years, I had the privilege to go abroad to the Middle East three times through Northeastern University. Each time I returned, I faced difficulty in processing my experiences, as I was confronted with a seemingly endless list of personal and political contradictions, conflicting…

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Family Business in Dubai

By Elizabeth Zona I was fortunate enough to have taken the Global Family Business Leadership course, an entrepreneurship elective offered through the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Over spring break, Northeastern sends the class to Dubai to experience family businesses, and the region they dominate, first hand. All the businesses we visited were run either by…

Insightful in Israel

By Jakob Leichtman, Global Co-op Warm weather, beautiful beaches, and counter-terrorism are quite the combination. That’s what my family and friends told me when announced that I’d be working in Israel at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) for my third and final co-op at Northeastern. That said, traveling and taking risks are nothing new for…

Coffee is the Bedouin Way of Life

Photos by Rei Segali Story by Lindsey Bressler, Global Co-op Bedouins are traditionally nomadic Arab Muslim tribes who have lived in the Sinai Peninsula for about 7,000 years. They are also the poorest demographic group of Israeli society, suffering from unemployment, high rates of crime, and a lack of access to education. For the tens of…

Importance of a Global Perspective: United Arab Emirates

Story by Zoe Murphy and photo by Hannah Zaatar Being raised between European and American cultures was a big enough disparity – or so I thought. That was until a complete shift in gears, for now a third time. At the age of fourteen, I moved to Dubai, the global crossroads in the United Arab…