In Conversation with Dr. Ramon Borges-Mendez

Professor Ramon Borges-Mendez is an Associate Professor of IDCE and of Community Development and Planning at Clark. I had the opportunity to be a part of one of his FYI courses and then later be a Peer-Learning Assistant for the same. He has an extensive background when it comes to engaging and advocating for diversity….

Kolkata Musings

The dawn breaks early here. The soft sunshine, slowly working its way through the chilly morning air, enshrouds the city in amber. As I look outside my window, I see trees, fresh from an early morning shower, laden with raindrops. On the street below, people are opening up their shops, dusting and arranging their displays….

African and Caribbean Identity at Clark [Part 2]

Every year at Clark University, the Graduate School International Development and Social Change Department (IDSC) hosts an Africa Day celebration to celebrate Africans on campus. This year Celestina Agyekum, a Ghanaian Masters student, was in charge of the event, and she set out to make some changes to the event in the hopes that its impact…

What do graphic design and ancient Indian art have in common?

Each era is unique and distinctive in its cultural significance. Indian art forms, including sculptures and architectural methods, have continuously evolved over thousands of years. The history of art in ancient India begins with prehistoric rock paintings. Soon after, advanced town planning systems were displayed in important cities of the Indus Valley Civilization such as…

Weekdays in Worcester

Anh earlier posed the question: “How do you spend the weekend?” in her first piece on our blog. In this post, I pose you another question: How do you spend the weekday?! I’ll tell you mine. I spend it on the Clark campus, usually running around between Jefferson, JC, the gym, and the library. With…

Event Recap: Holi 2016

Holi is a Hindu festival of colors, friendship and sharing love. It is a little different from Basant, though celebrated in spring which is around the same time period of the year. It is an ancient religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of…

A tour into a chocolate factory

On Thursday, April 7th, I had a chance to take part in an annual field trip organized by Clark Sustainability Collaborative Club. It was amazing. We went to the TAZA chocolate factory in Somerville to take a tour around a factory that makes awesome organic chocolate. For those of you who don’t know what this…

Leaving and Longing

I do not remember the time or the place. It might have been Bangalore, Kolkata, Shillong, Chennai, Mussoorie, Berlin, Paros, Brooklyn or Worcester. It might have been at a park, a mall, a wedding, a hospital, or even at a bar. Despite the many possibilities, there was always a time when certain places would generate…

African and Caribbean Identity at Clark [Part 1]

Every year the Caribbean and African Students Association (CASA) hosts their CASA Weekend in which we take a weekend to remember and share our Caribbean and African identities with the Clark Community. This year was slightly different in that the weekend began with a picture campaign in Red Square on the Friday afternoon (15TH April)….

Don’t Tell Me Who To Pray For.

One of the most prominent features of the aftermath of the brutal Paris Attacks last November, at least within my own experience of these reactions, was an exasperated post-colonial lashing out at why we should care only about the deaths of white Europeans when the Islamic State was carrying out similar attacks with alarming frequencies…

Knowing Sylvia

“Everything in life, I guess. When you do something with passion it comes better than just doing it, you know. Everything in life, I think, is like that.” These are the words that Sylvia imparts as she is being interviewed while having her much deserved lunch before a staff meeting in break (which is just…