Tufts 100K New Ventures Competition – Fletcher cleans up!

Not too long ago I congratulated current Fletcher student Farah Momen on receiving this year’s D-Prize for The Now Exchange (TNE), an enterprise providing health access and agency to Bangladeshi women in that country’s garment industry. We recently learned that Farah and her business partner Giulia Bova are continuing an awards run that would make Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody jealous, having also just placed first in the Social Impact Track of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition!

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2019 D-Prize winner

Back in October, I mentioned the Fletcher D-Prize (formally the “Fletcher D-Prize Poverty Venture Solutions Competition,” if you’re not into the whole brevity thing). Administered by the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), the D-Prize awards up to $30,000 for a social entrepreneurship proposal to combat poverty in the developing world. It’s one of the coolest things at Fletcher, in my view.

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Fletcher on Broadway

I wrote not too long ago about some recent publications by Fletcher faculty and alumni, and just stumbled upon a unique addendum to that post. With occasional exception, most Fletcher authors tend to focus on policy-related work, or at least lean heavily toward non-fiction. Not so with alumnus Christopher Demos-Brown, whose play American Son recently concluded its Broadway run.

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Fletcher gets a digital facelift

If you’re a regular visitor to our website, you’ll notice something different today, namely EVERYTHING. We’re live with our new site! My guess is that many readers have some experience with large-scale web migrations, and so appreciate the immensity of this type of project. I knew in the abstract that a full site rebuild was a big undertaking, but even in my tangentially-involved capacity I’ve been regularly awed at the scope of this effort. It’s a process that’s covered nearly two years from the earliest planning stages, and we’re grateful for the tireless efforts of many of our Fletcher and Tufts colleagues, particularly our friends at Fletcher’s Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing office who have managed every step of the migration (and politely listened to endless “suggestions” from our team).

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Decolonizing International Relations

It’s been a busy week at Fletcher, which means a busy week for this blog, as well. There are so many events that take place throughout the year here that it’s impossible to highlight them all on this platform, but one happening today particularly caught my attention. The inaugural “Decolonizing International Relations” conference is currently in progress, and it’s an impressive event. Organized by the student-run Fletcher Students of Color and Allies (FSCA), the conference will apply critical theory to a variety of subject areas, highlight non-Western contributions and perspectives in academia and the field, and explore the role of power and access in the study and practice of international relations.

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