Media and Movements Student Blogger Study USA

Follow the Money

I am fortunate to have heard from such talented and thoughtful independent filmmakers who are forging new narratives in a world monopolized by mainstream media outlets. Their words and work inspires me to critique the media I consume and always fight to tell the whole story, never simply to follow the money. Read More »

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Italy Student Blogger Study Abroad

Field Notes: A Week in the Mountains

Paolo’s connection to the land and animals goes beyond consumer preference or cost-effectiveness. Like many Italian farmers we have met, Paolo inspires me to consider my values and their impact on my actions. Small, sustainable farmers like him give me hope in our future. Read More »

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Environmental Sustainability Student Blogger Study USA

Fall Gathering in Akiing, “The Land To Which The People Belong”

"We went to Akiing, near Palisade, Minnesota, for the Fall Gathering to welcome all the people, commonly referred to as Water Protectors, resisting the deadly pipeline, Line 3. This was one of my favorite site visits as we met so many wonderful people, including film students from Macalester College, community organizers from the Twin Cities, and Indigenous matriarchs including Winona LaDuke, an Anishinabe women and founder of Honor The Earth, who is a very powerful leader!" Read More »

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Italy Student Blogger Study Abroad

From Summer to Fall and Past to Present

"What I love so much about working at Terreno is being able to see the two different processes (wine harvest and olive harvest) become two different products. Since wine and olive oil are so closely tied to Italian culture, helping produce them feels like a rite of passage. This immersion brings me closer to the people I routinely work with as well as other Italians I’ve met since being here." Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

The Role of the Media: A Look Inside My Independent Study Project

"To me, it seems as though the media is only interested in covering the extremes of both communities instead of the progressing reality of a shared, peaceful, and civil Northern Ireland." Read More »

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Media and Movements Student Blogger Study USA

Fun Time

"However, in a more just world, children would be viewed as a demographic of people that have inherent worth, with or without their ability to contribute to the workforce or accrue capital." Read More »

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Media and Movements Student Blogger Study USA

Media, Movements, and Magic Actions

"Media and art can soothe the psyche through representation, validation that systemic problems exist and that they are important issues, and translating feelings that often go unspoken into imagery that is easier to understand and process." Read More »

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Italy Student Blogger Study Abroad

Building Bridges and Understanding the Culture

"Everything we learn supplements each other as if bridges are being built in my mind. I learned how to say eggplant in Italian and then I’m cooking it in the kitchen. I planted fennel in the garden and then I’m understanding the food sovereignty of agroecology. I visited a local farm and then I’m asking farmers how the Common Agriculture Policy impacts their agricultural practices. More than half of what I’ve learned since being here was learned outside of the classroom among the farmers, their land, and its culture." Read More »

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Northern Ireland Student Blogger Study Abroad

My Look Inside the Northern Irish Peace Process Through the Lens of an Internship

"Observing how culture is taught to children in PUL communities is significant to me because of how some adults and scholars have spoken about PUL. I think it’s important for me to formulate my own understanding of the PUL community by debunking the many assumptions I have heard from others in and outside the community." Read More »

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Making Media Making Change Student Blogger Study USA

Do what you love: a goodbye

I have ambitions to write much more this summer, and keep in mind the many techniques that I learned this year in Making Media, Making Change. There is space in the world for more stories, more compassion, and more humanity. From behind my computer screen, I wish to fill that space. Read More »

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