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Winter Break Abroad

This winter break,  students involved with the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) traveled across the globe to conduct research. IGL at Tufts focuses on teaching students to be  effective and ethical leaders, “ready to act as global citizens in addressing international and national issues across cultures.”

Students traveled to Cambodia, Colombia, India, Kosovo, New Orleans, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda,  Turkey and Uganda this winter break and the IGL Facebook page posted some great photos from their travels. Check out these below and more on their Facebook page!

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Student Research Trip to Burma

This summer, a few students from the Institute for Global Leadership’s program for Narrative and Documentary Practice traveled to Burma for 10 days. There, they worked with photojournalists Gary Knight and Philip Blenkinsop to put their learning and research into practice.

In this Tufts Daily video, you’ll meet a group of ambitious undergraduates who used the opportunity to interact closely with the Burmese people and carry out unique research projects. They also share some stunning photographs of the city, daily interactions, rituals, food, and nightlife they encountered throughout their travels.

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Summer at the Movies – Ballplayer: Pelotero

Every summer, after tiring of the beach and the heat, we flock to movie theaters to delight in the relief of air conditioning and a good flick. This Friday, our summer at the movies can take a break from superheroes, talking teddy bears, and pop stars to bear witness to a truly fascinating story brought to you in part by two Tufts alumni.

In their controversial film Ballplayer: Pelotero, Trevor Martin, A08, and Casey Beck, A07, bring us the story of Miguel Angel and Jean Carlo, two excellent Dominican baseball players. The boys are on the brink of turning 16 (the age in which they can be signed to a Major League Baseball farm), which could lead them to the majors.

Martin and Beck along with their crew, spent two years in the Dominican Republic filming and preparing their movie. The film “sheds light on some of the most pressing issues regarding the export of Dominican baseball players to the US: age and identity fraud, exploitation, and the opaque role Major League Baseball plays in determining the fates of young players and their families. However, at heart, the film is a story about two gifted young men with a shared dream, doing their best to navigate a mercenary world with the hopes, fears and burdens of their entire families riding on their success or failure.”

The documentary has received much criticism from the MLB for its controversial topic–the organization itself did not did not cooperate in the making of the film. Martin explains to the Boston Globe, “We took pains not to have the film come across as a heavy-handed indictment […] It’s a complex issue. We leave value judgments up to the viewer.”

To make those judgments yourself, check out Ballplayer: Pelotero this Friday, July 13, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. If you’re not in the area, check out the movie’s website for a complete list of showing locations.


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BUILDing a Better Thottiapatti

This summer, students participating in the Institute of Global Leadership’s Building Understanding through International Learning and Development (BUILD) program traveled to India to continue improvements in the rural village of Thottiapatti. Their improvements included the construction of a computer center, public toilet facilities, and a communal meeting space with a library and art materials:

BUILD is a student-led program that seeks to educate and immerse students in the theory and practice of sustainable development by partnering with rural communities in the developing world to research and implement sustainable initiatives for human, social, and economic development. Currently, the program is not only working in India, but also rural villages in Guatemala.

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Empowered Stories

The Empowered Program for Social Entrepreneurship, part of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, provides students with the necessary tools to become social entrepreneurs. Students accepted into the program become Empowered Fellows and embark on adventures around the world that we can exprience via their Fellow Blog.

One such story is that of Anne Wolfe, A13, who spent her summer interning for Fundacion Paraguaya in their micro-finance division:

At the gas station SeñoraVirginiapointed out where I should wait and told me which bus I needed to take to get back home. She then asked me when I was planning on coming back toParaguay, to which I gave my typical response: “I’d love to someday but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to.” She offered me her number and told me to call her when I came back, that I was welcome to stay with her whenever I wanted, and asked for my number in return. “Sé que soy pobre, pero tengo una corazón grande.” (I know that I am poor, but I have a big heart). This simple statement nearly brought me to tears. After less than fifteen minutes of talking with this woman she had offered to share everything she had with me, a stranger, an extranjera. She is a perfect example of the Paraguayan culture, a culture which encourages sharing in all of its traditions, a culture in which poverty does not impede generosity.

Sitting around the dinner table in the casa de pasantes (the intern’s house) last night I was reminded again of Señora Virginia. We began to discuss the idea of poverty: how it’s defined and who has the liberty to define it. Is it simply a number or is there something more? Many of the women with whom Fundación Paraguaya works don’t consider themselves poor even though they are far below the “poverty line.” The way they see it, if they have enough food, there isn’t much to worry about.

Be sure to check out the rest of the fellows’ stories on their blog. They can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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TEX: Tufts Idea Exchange

Tufts Idea Exchange (TEX) is “a one-day forum hosted jointly by OneWorld and the Institute for Global Leadership’s Synaptic Scholars program. Ten speakers chosen from amongst the students, faculty and alumni of Tufts University will each have 10 minutes to tell you about a brilliant idea that they’ve had.  There are no limitations on subject or field.”

Rita Bennett-Chew (A’12), a member of the TEX organizing team, states:

“I’m excited to be working on TEX because I believe in the spread of ideas and collaboration between various humanitarian groups in our increasingly connected world.

The deadline to apply to be a panelist at TEX is March 11th, and applications can be completed online.

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Exposure in Vietnam

Students from Tufts’ Institute for Global Leadership were recently featured in last week’s Study Abroad Page by the Global Post. All members of Exposure, the institute’s photojournalism program, Kahran Singh (A’11), Amy Connors (A’12), Senait Debesu (A’12), Chelsea Grayson (A’12) and Louise Blavet (A’12) spent the summer capturing Hue, Vietnam. The group used their time among the sand dredgers, factory workers and fishermen of Hue to provide a detailed photo account of the Vietnamese experience. Although each student chose different themes of focus, the images generally centralized around the coastal village of An Bang and the Perfumed River, which were notorious for its floating villages of house boats.

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