I have received a communication from a former outstanding student, Damon, who epitomizes a border crosser. Upon graduation from college, he attended law school and had a very successful career employed by a law firm in Washington, DC. While living in DC, he was involved in several community organization activities. After a few years, he took a several month “sabbatical” traveling throughout Central and South America to “survey the...Read More
It’s official, the political debate of 2016 is over — if ever there was one. Yesterday (October 13th) at Southern New Hampshire University, First Lady Michele Obama put an end to it. In twenty-six and a half minutes, she proved once and for all that America indeed IS a great country – not a nation that needs to be made great again. A measure of American greatness is revealed in our openness to change, a willingness to...Read More
Two quotes from the poet, author, and Chicano activist Gloria E. Anzaldúa: “Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.”...Read More
Cross Cultural Communication Experience during The Youth Seminar “Dialogue Groups 2005” in Roros (Norway).
By Lygdenova Victoria Institute of Philosophy and Law (Russian Academy of Science), Novosibirsk, Russia On February 2005, I participated in the unique seminar that was organized in Norwegian town Roros as a part of the International Students’ Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT). Dialogue Groups consisted of participants from six conflict regions – U.S.A. and Iran, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Russia and Chechnya. Ten students of Psychological...Read More
There are places in the world that are neither here, nor there, neither up nor down, neither real nor imaginary. These are the in-between places, difficult to find and even more challenging to sustain. Yet they are the most fruitful places of all. For in these liminal narrows, a kind of life takes place that is out of the ordinary, creative, and once in a while, genuinely magical. We tend to divide life between mind and matter and...Read More
Perhaps you have heard of Mr. Naoto Matsumura who resides near the Fukushima nuclear power plant. He has sacrificed his life by returning to his hometown of Tomioka, which lies within the radioactive danger zone, in order to take of the animals that were left behind when the town’s residents evacuated. He is truly a remarkable human being who has crossed a border few would dare to cross. Here is his story as published in the...Read More