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The Global

Prof JP Singh reflects on our last deliberation day on The Global. Gideon Wabvuta held before him a red chilli and spoke to anger and anxiety and its global manifestations. He narrated his own story in which his mother in Zimbabwe worries about him being in Los Angeles. Gideon also described ways in which his identity in the United States…

Published on 30 Aug 2017 11:30am

Culture Wars

Reflecting on a performance of Mark Thomas and a guided walk by Edinburgh Art Festival director Sorcha Carey, the Global Cultural Fellows discussed the idea of "Culture Wars" The Culture Wars group started today’s session with a clip from the film The Gladiator, specifically the scene in which two warriors fight to the death in the Colosseum for the amusement…

Published on 18 Aug 2017 10:43am

Anger & Anxiety

After seeing "The Divide" at the Edinburgh International Festival, today Fellows reflected on the theme of Anger & Anxiety. Anger and Anxiety Standing in the middle of a circle formed by the collectively-seated Global Cultural Fellows, Consuelo Hidalgo scanned the list of questions in her notebook, raised her head and ask her colleagues: do states deserve the leaders they elect?…

Published on 17 Aug 2017 1:03pm


Zach Marschall and Prof JP Singh summarise the discussion on Empathy, reflecting on the show "Flight". “The world still thinks India has a functional democracy. I beg to differ.” Those were the words of Shubham Roy Choudhury in his presentation on empathy, the theme for today’s discussions. Acknowledging that today marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence from British rule,…

Published on 16 Aug 2017 8:22am


Global Cultural Fellows reflected on "Mies Julie" and "Ramy: In the frontline" in today's session on Witness. Do artists have a predisposition to bear witness? Why and How? That was a primary concern for the Global Cultural Fellows after seeing Yaël Farber’s Mies Julie and Ramy Essam’s Ramy: In the frontline. Their discussions acknowledged many challenges including moral and ethical…

Published on 15 Aug 2017 8:21am