Exploring my Mexican-Brazilian Heritage

By Mikaela Cole When I was ten years old, I decided that I wanted to visit all fifty states of the U.S. before I turn thirty. There’s been a map on my wall tracking my progress in achieving that goal, and every time I see it, I’m reminded of who I am and what I…

El Ascenso: Adventure & Discovery in South America

By Melissa Brij-Raj, Dialogue of Civilizations When people hear the word “Patagonia,” they will often immediately think of the winter outerwear clothing brand. The beautiful scenic region between Argentina and Chile that I had the chance to experience may not immediately come to mind, and certainly didn’t for me until I traveled to South America for…

Borderized Bodies: The Performance of Becoming Human

Story by Devin Windelspecht Arts and the Social Sciences are often seen as polar opposite ways of looking at our world. Whereas social science may approach an issue analytically and objectively, art instead seeks to get at the raw, unfiltered aspects that social scientists tend to gloss over: the emotions, desires, hopes and dreams of…

FARC-Colombia Peace Agreement

Research by Brittany McWilliams For my capstone research, I am focusing on the recent peace agreement that ended the fifty year long civil war between the FARC and the Colombian government. I think this is one of the most relevant developments of my lifetime and of modern history in general. Not only was this historic…

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….

Studying Abroad: Pura Vida?

Story by Chelsea Lauder Starting a new journey is something to be both excited and nervous about. Leaving your home, whether that’s Northeastern or family, is a scary experience; but, the emotion that comes with exploring new places, learning new things, and going on adventures is so positively overwhelming. Before I left in January, I…

Success Without Boundaries

Story by Sharabh Kochar July 5th was an auspicious milestone in my life, and will always remain memorable, because it was the day I received the confirmation of my co-op assignment at Schlumberger in Ecuador. My departure itinerary to Ecuador was perfectly scheduled and I received a warm welcome at the airport. Reflecting on my first…

Artificial Lifts and Spanish

Story and photo by Hammed Oseni, oseni.h@husky.neu.edu If you would had told me during my freshmen year that I would be living and working for one of the largest oil and energy companies in the amazon region of Ecuador two years later, I wouldn’t have believed you.  Now, as a fifth year, chemical engineering major, I’ve…

Statelessness in the Dominican Republic and Why it Matters

Story by  Daniella Emami | emami.d@husky.neu.edu In late 2013, the highest court of the Dominican Republic declared that children of undocumented Haitian immigrants were no longer entitled to their citizenship, regardless of if they had been born in the country or how long their families had lived there. Authorities were instructed to look into the birth…

Paraguay: The Little Country That Changed My Life

Story by Daniella Emami | emami.d@husky.neu.edu In the summer of 2011, when I was 16 years old, I had the privilege to live and work in the small town of Itapevy, Paraguay. When I first found out that I would be living in Paraguay, I honestly had no idea where the country was, let alone what…