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Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs is a leading center for research and teaching on the most important problems of our time. The Watson Institute's research focuses on two areas: global security, and political economy and development. Its research aims to improve policies and its use of innovative media engages the broader public in global dialogue. This is yo

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Join us in spreading holiday cheer! ✨🎁

Watson is hosting a toy drive for Esperanza-Hope. Please contribute by bringing new and unwrapped toys to the lobby of 111 Thayer Street by December 15. Let's make this season magical for those in need!


New Trending Globally episode 🎙

Exploring “the land of inequality” with a Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Angus Deaton

On this episode, political economist and Watson professor Mark Blyth talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Sir Angus Deaton about his new book, “Economics in America: An Immigrant Economist Explores the Land of Inequality.”

You may not know Angus Deaton by name, but you probably know a phrase he helped to make famous: “deaths of despair.” In 2015, Deaton and his wife and research partner Anne Case published a paper that revealed something startling: an increase in mortality rates among white middle-aged men and women in the 2000s and 2010s in the United States.

Deaton and Case attributed this to a confluence of factors, including economic stagnation, social isolation and the opioid crisis. In explaining this topic, they did something economists usually avoid doing: They told a sweeping but still complex and nuanced story about American society and economy in the 21st century.

In this conversation, Mark and Angus Deaton discuss Deaton’s new book, as well as its relationship to his work on deaths of despair. They also explore why the field of economics ignored the issue of inequality for so long, and why in the last decade that’s started to change.

Listen to the full episode: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/5c1a6da2-8a19-455f-a656-1c7717309d8a


Exit Wounds: How America’s Guns Fuel Violence Across the Border

Ieva Jusionyte explains how fi****ms made and sold in the United States have played a significant role in the perpetration of violence across the border in Mexico. Mexico strictly regulates the sale of semi-automatic rifles at the federal level, but these weapons are easily available across the border in states like Texas and Arizona.

Organized crime groups use funds obtained from illegal drug sales to smuggle weapons purchased in the U.S. into Mexico with devastating consequences. An estimated 200,000 to 500,000 weapons are smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border every year, and 70% of fi****ms recovered from crime scenes were purchased in the U.S.

Watch on YouTube: https://ow.ly/6iKe50QbY5J


🌟Student Spotlight🌟 Jaemin Woo Ph.D. Graduate Program in Development

Economics Ph.D. and Graduate Program in Development student Jaemin Woo is studying how the music we listen to as adolescents affects our attitudes and beliefs as adults.

“Participating in the Graduate Program in Development through Watson and being exposed to different perspectives has been really refreshing. It has reminded me why I decided to be a social scientist in the first place, which is to help people live better lives.”

Learn more about Jaemin: https://ow.ly/WPGb50Q8o8j


Walking into Thanksgiving break like...

Wishing everyone a cozy and joyful holiday break! 🦃🍂🥧


☀️Alumni Spotlight🌟 Alberto Morales '16 MPA

Alberto Morales, a 2016 graduate of the Brown University Master of Public Affairs Program and first-generation college student, founded his own consulting firm two years ago with the goal of creating a more equitable philanthropic sector.

"Being first-generation is crucial to my identity. It has shaped my understanding of the world and provided me with a sense of urgency."

Read more about Alberto: https://ow.ly/vpHl50Q7Uy8


A behind-the-scenes look at Marcos balancing academics and leadership as an IAPA DUG leader at Watson! ☀️📓🥗


New Trending Globally episode 🎙

Israel, Palestine, and ‘personal history in times of crisis’

How do our individual experiences shape our political views? What role do our own stories and memories play in how we think about the world around us? How can we use our memories — even our most painful ones — to help build a more peaceful politics?

These are complicated questions, and not of the variety we often ask on this show. But historian Omer Bartov thinks that trying to answer them is essential to finding political solutions to our most vexing problems. And in his new book “Genocide, the Holocaust and Israel-Palestine: First-Person History in Times of Crisis,” Bartov powerfully makes the case.

On this episode of Trending Globally, Dan Richards talks with Bartov about the book — which weaves together personal stories, historical analyses and a moral critique of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — and how individual stories and personal memories are inextricably linked to the politics we create.

Although this podcast was scheduled before the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the interview took place in the wake of the events of October 7 and therefore those events are a big part of the conversation. But as this conversation hopefully makes clear, Bartov’s book and analysis are even more important and relevant in our current moment.

Listen to the full episode: https://ow.ly/Ntlz50Q8muK


Join the Simmons Center for In Conversation: Black and Indigenous Histories and Pedagogies, a two-day symposium and gathering on November 16th & 17th, 2023 in Petteruti Lounge, 2nd Floor, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center 75 Waterman Street Providence, RI 02912. The symposium will bring together regional Black and Indigenous community historians, scholars, storytellers, and educators to focus on higher education curricula & pedagogical approaches.

Link to register in the comments.


🌟Student Spotlight🌟 Michael Ochoa ’25

First-generation college student and International and Public Affairs concentrator Michael Ochoa says the academic and co-curricular opportunities offered at Brown University have enriched his education and furthered his goal of pursuing a career in diplomacy.

Ochoa is currently spending the fall 2023 semester with the Brown in Washington program, where he is a human resources and talent development intern for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Ochoa says that these Washington, D.C.-based experiences have been especially meaningful given his career aspirations.

Learn more about Michael: https://ow.ly/r4GF50Q5fkF


In honor of Veteran's Day, Watson shines a light on the Military Fellows Program🎖️

Watson recently welcomed a new cohort to its Military Fellows Program for the 2023-2024 academic year. The six new fellows will spend the next year immersed in Watson's scholarly community, engaging with students and faculty, taking classes, giving special lectures, attending seminars and conducting research.

Watson Director Edward Steinfeld explained the rationale behind the program's expansion, "The increased size of the cohort will provide additional opportunities to integrate the fellows into the Institute's teaching and research, allowing our students, faculty and post-docs to reap the benefits of their experience and perspectives. The larger cohort also underscores Watson's growing role in providing lifelong learning to dedicated public servants, including across the armed services branches."

Kingslee Gourrick, Visiting Scholar in International and Public Affairs, pictured chatting with ROTC students during a monthly meeting.

Photo credit: Nick Dentamaro

Learn more about the Military Fellows program: https://home.watson.brown.edu/news/2023-09-21/watson-welcomes-largest-ever-cohort-military-fellows-0

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Happy National First Generation College Student Day! 🎓👏🎉

To celebrate, Watson community members share heartfelt advice with other first-generation students navigating their college journey at Brown University.

Click each photo to read what Watson's first-gen community has to say!


Celebrate National First Generation College Student Day at Watson 🎓

🗓 Wednesday, November 8
🕒 3:00-5:00 pm
📍 The Agora, Stephen Robert ’62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

Connect with other students and discover various opportunities tailored for first-generation learners within the Watson community! Watson faculty and staff members will be available to answer questions on internships, career opportunities, funding, research and social/academic groups.

Register to attend the event: https://events.brown.edu/watson-international-public/event/273083-celebrate-first-generation-college-student-day-at


New Trending Globally episode 🎙

The political ramifications of a ‘green transition’ in the US

Last year, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Considered by many to be the biggest climate and energy bill ever passed, the IRA included roughly $370 billion to help shift the U.S. to cleaner forms of power. And it was just one of three laws passed by the administration that will play into the United States’ move away from fossil fuels.

The impact of these policies, however, will go far beyond our climate. Indeed, they form the core of “Bidenomics,” and they’re going to reshape our economy and our politics for decades to come. They will do so in ways we can predict, and in ways we can’t.

On this episode, Dan Richards speaks with two experts on the politics of climate change about this unprecedented collection of legislation and how it will transform our economy, change our planet and possibly realign our politics.

Guests on this episode:
• Jeff Colgan is a political scientist, and ​​director of the Climate Solutions Lab at the Watson Institute.
• Robinson Meyer is a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times and the founding executive editor of Heatmap, a new media company focused on climate change.

Listen to the full episode: https://trending-globally.captivate.fm/episode/the-political-ramifications-of-a-green-transition-in-the-us


Join Dan Richards, host of Watson's Trending Globally podcast, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside the newly renovated Watson Production Studio! 🎙

🎧 Listen to Trending Globally's past episodes: https://trending-globally.captivate.fm/episodes


🌟 Student Spotlight 🌟 Andrew Davis ’24 MPA ’25 MPH

Andrew Davis, who is enrolled in Brown University's two-year, dual-degree Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Masters of Public Health (MPH) program, is not waiting until he graduates to make an impact. While taking courses in the MPA program, Davis has found ways to find synergies between his activism in s*xual violence prevention and Title IX reform and his degree requirements.

Davis said he was attracted to Brown's MPA/MPH program for two main reasons. First, was the fact that he could earn both degrees in two years. Second, was Brown's reputation for facilitating collaborative research drawing on a wide range of perspectives in different disciplines. "Brown has the best dual degree program; it has the flexibility to take courses across different parts of the University. I was really drawn to Brown and Watson because of the interdisciplinary nature of the programs and the access to all the different faculty and staff."

Learn more about Andrew: https://home.watson.brown.edu/news/2023-10-26/student-profile-andrew-davis-24-mpa-25-mph

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Photos from Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs's post 10/25/2023

An exclusive Q&A session with the Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, left our students feeling inspired! Hosted by Watson director Edward Steinfeld, the discussion preceded Ardern's thought-provoking Ogden Lecture on 'Global Leadership in the 21st Century.' 🌍


🌟 Student Spotlight 🌟 Ayoola Fadahunsi ’25

Ayoola Fadahunsi, a junior IAPA concentrator, was drawn to law and criminal justice from an early age. In elementary school, she was introduced to the Legal Studies Academy, a specialized high school that exposes students to the complexities of the legal and criminal justice systems.

"I knew I wanted to pursue that path. I met people from the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. I attended federal and state court hearings and visited Washington, D.C. frequently. It fueled my passion for law."

Learn more about Ayoola: https://home.watson.brown.edu/news/2023-11-01/student-spotlight-ayoola-fadahunsi-25


New Trending Globally episode 🎙

Archiving the ‘Voices of Mass Incarceration’ at Brown’s John Hay Library

In 1982, Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer. An ex-Black Panther, he had no prior criminal record. Amnesty International investigated his case and found in many ways that it "failed to meet minimum international standards.” He’s been incarcerated for more than 40 years.

Over those decades, Abu-Jamal has become a leader of the anti-death penalty movement and an influential critic of mass incarceration. He’s written multiple books, and appeared on countless radio programs and documentaries — all while serving what is now a life sentence.

This fall, scholars and activists met at Brown University to mark a new chapter in Abu-Jamal’s story. The John Hay Library at Brown University, in partnership with Pembroke Center at Brown University and the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, acquired Abu-Jamal’s writings — 97 boxes — and opened them to the public.

On this episode: Dan Richards talks with two Brown archivists about this new collection, and what it’s like preserving the work of one of the most famous incarcerated people in America. Dan also speaks with a scholar at Brown who is working to collect the histories of incarcerated people about the importance of filling this gap in our nation's historical record.

🎧 Listen to the entire episode: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/79136b55-16fb-41ef-98ab-96e82d2b7da4

Photos from Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs's post 10/16/2023

IAPA honors students gathered over dinner to build community and hear a presentation from research librarians on organizing their research. Each student was gifted a mug filled with chocolate-covered coffee beans, featuring the caption 'Caution: Thesis Writing in Progress!' ☕️🙇

Photos from Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs's post 10/12/2023

This year's IAPA DUG Leaders are enthusiastic about building a vibrant community for IAPA concentrators! Don't hesitate to say hi if you spot them on campus! 👋

“Hi everyone! I am super excited to be one of the co-leaders for the IAPA DUG this year. During my time with the DUG, I aim to build a strong community within the growing number of IAPA concentrators, empower project leads to embark on events they want to see in IAPA and serve as one of the main points of contact for IAPA students.”
— Marcos Montoya Andrade ’25

"As an IAPA DUG leader, I aim to build a strong and welcoming community for IAPA concentrators that celebrates all of our diverse interests. This year, we'll be bringing in speakers, hosting peer advising hours, and planning community events!"
— Dea Omerovic ’25

"I am the IAPA Student Assistant and also an IAPA DUG Leader. In my role as IAPA Student Assistant, I produce our weekly newsletter, answer questions about the concentration, support the work of the IAPA concentration staff, and foster a sense of community among concentrators along with the other DUG leaders."
— William Lake ’25

Photos from Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs's post 10/10/2023

Last week, Brown University Master of Public Affairs Program students Jessica Saenz Gomez and Lizbeth Lucero hosted a fireside chat with Dr. Laura Lopez-Sanders, who discussed her research on public policy, immigration, race and ethnic relations, and social inequality. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we'd like to spotlight the students who helped make our Hispanic Heritage Month event happen!

Jessica shares more on the significance of participating in this event:
"The Hispanic Heritage Month fireside chat event serves as a crucial platform for celebrating Latinx leaders on campus and to foster meaningful dialogues about issues affecting our communities today. It reminds us that honoring Hispanic heritage shouldn't be confined to a single month but a continuous commitment. This ongoing effort allows us to embrace and appreciate the rich cultural tapestry and contributions of the Hispanic community."

Lizbeth shares her perspective on the impact of this event:
"Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, or any similar cultural observance, is critically important, especially when some states restrict and ban ethnic studies in school curriculums. It's a way to preserve our culture, remember our history, celebrate our progress, and build power/mobilization among our communities. Our recent event with Dr. Laura López-Sanders is a testimony of the richness of our community and a powerful reminder of the work ahead of us. We're lucky to have professors like Dr. Laura López-Sanders here at Brown and staff at Wason encourage/sponsor student-led events like these! I'm super proud of the work we're all doing to enhance diversity and celebrate our unity."

A big thank you to everyone who participated in or attended this event!

Learn more about this event: https://events.brown.edu/watson-international-public/event/270869-watson-hispanic-heritage-month-fireside-chat-with-dr-


New Trending Globally episode 🎙

Seeing America through the eyes of refugees

One day in the year 2000, in the midst of the Second Congo War, Honoria* fled her home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and never returned. After 16 years in a refugee camp in Uganda, she relocated to Philadelphia, where she became one of the roughly 80,000 refugees who entered the U.S. that year.

Honoria’s family was one of the dozens that Blair Sackett, a sociologist and postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute, followed as they navigated life in the U.S. Sackett, whose work focuses on the experience of refugees in the U.S. and abroad, wanted to understand why some refugees thrived in the U.S. while others faltered.

The result of Sackett’s research is a new book, co-authored with sociologist Annette Lareau, called “We Thought It Would Be Heaven: Refugees in an Unequal America.” On this episode, Dan Richards talks with Sackett about the book, and about the under-explored factors that play a surprisingly large role in the wellbeing and success of refugees in the U.S.

🎧 Listen to the entire episode: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/816fa352-5714-4bc0-b2bb-937450e5f9e3


🌟 Student Spotlight 🌟 Alex Ivanchev IAPA '25, MPH '26

With his multicultural and multilingual background, Alex Ivanchev discussed how Watson's IAPA concentration informs his passion for international reproductive health education.

"I was raised in a socially conservative environment in Florida, where s*x education was withheld from young people. If you don't know about your body, the choices you make about your relationships and reproduction are limited."

Learn more about Alex: https://home.watson.brown.edu/news/2023-10-03/student-spotlight-alex-ivanchev-iapa-25-mph-26


WATCH LIVE: The Costs of War Webinar — Total Information Awareness: Costs of Post-9/11 U.S. Mass Surveillance and Current Policy Issue



The United States has witnessed an explosive expansion of mass surveillance since the 9/11 attacks. Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 1 pm ET discussing the high costs of these secret government programs.


Apply now for the opportunity to participate in the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA)! Watson will choose two outstanding individuals to join the conference from November 1-4.

The annual SCUSA gathering includes small group discussions, insightful panels, inspiring keynote speakers, presentations, and social events. With representation from over 100 U.S. colleges and international institutions, the conference will host 60 USMA Cadets, 36 senior participants, and 200 undergraduate students, all coming together with a shared goal to develop their leadership skills. This year's SCUSA conference theme is “Innovation and the Future of American Foreign Policy.”

⏰ Application deadline is October 10

Apply now: https://ufunds.brown.edu/


🌟 Student Spotlight 🌟 Lizbeth Lucero ’24 MPA

When applying to the Brown University Master of Public Affairs Program, Lucero appreciated the one-year program model and, although initially anxious about the quantitative analysis-focused summer sequence, she recognized its importance to making good, informed policy decisions. "This semester, I'm reminded that complex problems don't have one definitive answer; public policy is tremendously complicated," she said.

As a daughter of immigrants, Lucero is eager to focus on issues of equity: "How do we systemically dismantle barriers through effective decision-making processes?" Calling it her "passion project," Lucero is interested in examining the educational achievement gap and increasing the representation of students of color on college campuses across the country. Most crucially, Lucero is interested in how to make effective, sustainable and equitable public policy, especially for those who have the most at stake.

Learn more about Lizbeth: https://home.watson.brown.edu/news/2023-09-26/student-spotlight-lizbeth-lucero-24-mpa


Juniors reflect on their journey as IAPA concentrators at Brown University over dinner with the new Faculty Director, Anya Bassett! 💭

Anya Bassett shares her thoughts on hosting this event for students:

"One of the joys of my work is to connect with students as they reflect on what matters to them and how they want to live their lives in college and beyond. This dinner was a wonderful way for me to get to know Brown students and hear about what is on their minds. Plus, I love sharing meals with students!"

Learn more about IAPA: https://home.watson.brown.edu/iapa


New Trending Globally episode 🎙

How participatory budgeting can strengthen our democracy 💪

Imagine if, when you were in middle school, an Ivy League professor came to your school and told you that you were going to be part of an experiment. You were going to get to decide how the money in your school was spent.

What would you want to spend it on? How would you convince your classmates that your idea was best? Furthermore, would you even believe what this professor was telling you?

Jonathan Collins is a professor of political science at the Watson Institute, and has recently been turning this hypothetical into a reality for students in the Providence area. He's been helping to design and evaluate what are known as participatory budgeting projects, and they're not just for students. In towns and cities around the world, everyday people are being let into the budgeting process of their communities. The effects have been profound, both on the local budgets, and on communities that have long felt marginalized and disempowered.

"There's just something magical that can happen when there's skin in [the] game…the moment that you give them an opportunity to feel that they are a part of the stakes? I think the possibilities are endless," explained Collins.

On this episode, Dan Richards talks with Jonathan about participatory budgeting — where it came from, what it looks like on the ground, and how it might help strengthen our democracy, one community at a time.

🎧 Listen to the entire episode: https://ow.ly/XqYa50PPSxV

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Join us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Fireside Chat with Dr. Laura Lopez-Sanders!

🗓 Monday, October 2
🕛 12:00 - 1:00 pm
📍Joukowsky Forum (155), Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Join Brown University Master of Public Affairs Program students Jessica Saenz Gomez and Lizbeth Lucero for a fireside chat with Dr. Laura Lopez-Sanders. Dr. Lopez Sanders is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brown University, whose work and research interests include public policy, immigration, race and ethnic relations, social inequality and more. Join us to hear about Dr. Laura Lopez-Sanders’ important policy work and research and learn more about her journey and story as a Latina scholar in academia.

Dr. López-Sanders’ research examines the role of institutions and societal policies and practices in patterning inequality. Her research includes a study of immigrant integration in regions undergoing rapid demographic change, an analysis of the processes and mechanisms that influence the transition from a two-group (i.e., Black and white) to a three-group (i.e., Black-white-Latino) racial system and an investigation of racial competition before and after the Great Recession.

In another related line of research, she examines how healthcare reform influences access to and the delivery of health services for undocumented Latino immigrants at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and community hospitals.

Learn more about this event: https://events.brown.edu/watson-international-public/event/270869-watson-hispanic-heritage-month-fireside-chat-with-dr-


Voices of Mass Incarceration: A Symposium will examine the history and impact of U.S. mass incarceration through scholarly analysis, music, poetry, and reflection.

🗓 Wednesday, September 27 - Friday, September 29
📍 Livestream and in-person

Opening with a keynote discussion featuring Angela Y. Davis, Pam Africa, Julia Wright, and Johanna Fernández ’93, and moderated by Brown University Professor Tricia Rose, the three-day symposium gathers together more than two dozen noted experts and artists working and studying incarceration and its wide-ranging effects on society.

The second day of the symposium will also mark the opening of the Mumia Abu-Jamal papers for research at the John Hay Library with the launch of the exhibit Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Portrait of Mass Incarceration. This exhibition centers on the writing, music and art of Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose papers anchor the John Hay Library’s Voices of Mass Incarceration in the United States collection, along with the papers of Johanna Fernández ’93 and the Mass Incarceration Lab @ Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America, Brown University.

Presented by Brown University Library, Pembroke Center at Brown University, & Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

Learn more and register to attend: https://blogs.brown.edu/libnews/voices-of-mass-incarceration-symposium/

How participatory budgeting can strengthen our democracy - Trending Globally: Politics and Policy 09/21/2023

New Trending Globally podcast: Host Dan Richards talks to Professor of Political Science Jonathan Collins about participatory budgeting — where it came from, what it looks like on the ground, and how it might help strengthen our democracy, one community at a time.

How participatory budgeting can strengthen our democracy - Trending Globally: Politics and Policy Imagine if, when you were in middle school, an Ivy League professor came to your school and told you that you were going to be part of an experiment. Yo...


📢 Calling all Brown sophomores, juniors and seniors 📢 The application deadline for the spring 2023 Brown in Washington semester internship program is October 1!

The Brown in Washington program allows students to apply theory to practice and engage in a hands-on internship. Through networking opportunities, they'll develop connections for future pathways!

Students in this program spend a semester living in Washington D.C. During their time in D.C., they'll intern with an agency in the public or nonprofit sector while completing a full course load. The course load includes a two-credit practicum, a one-credit International and Public Affairs course developed for the Brown in Washington cohort, and one Brown remote-accessible course (or independent study) of their choosing.

Learn more about the program and apply by October 1!


The Master of Public Affairs program is currently recruiting students for the next enrollment cycle!

Sign up for an information session, attend a graduate school fair in your area, schedule office hours with our Associate Director of Admissions, or visit our new website to learn more about the possibilities available with our one-year master's degree in public affairs.

🗓 Mark your calendars for our next event: MPA Admissions tabling at Brown's BIG Career Fair this Wednesday, September 20!
🕚11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
📍Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, 235 Hope Street

Learn more about the program: https://home.watson.brown.edu/mpa


There's still time to sign up for select Watson study groups!

The study groups at Watson allow students to learn from practitioners whose insights and expertise come from decades of experience in government and the private sector.

The following study groups are still open and have limited spaces available.

🔹Exploring Hyper-Polarization in Modern American Politics: How Did it Happen and Where Do We Go From Here?
🔹With Rep. Jim Langevin, former U.S. representative for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

This study group will explore the evolving media environment, including the rise of social media. Students will study how foreign adversaries take advantage of these elements to further divide and undermine our national security.

🗓 Meeting dates: Wednesdays, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

🔹Raag Sense
🔹With Ali Sethi, singer, songwriter, composer, and author

What is a raga? In this study group, we learn to recognize, differentiate and perform the “melodic frameworks” of precolonial India. Students engage with various schemes of Indian musicology. This study group is formatted like a traditional ‘baithak’ or salon.

🗓 Meetings dates: Mondays, 10/16, 10/23, 10/20 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Learn more about these study groups and register: https://ow.ly/A7Uj50PLLSZ

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