One of our major goals at the International Writers’ Blog is to start conversations. When possible, we will invite anyone interested to continue those conversations at an IWB Luncheon. Luncheons are open to all members of the Brown community and are based on a published IWB piece, which serves as a starting point for further discussion.
Below are examples of past luncheons. Check back Fall ’19 for upcoming luncheons.
Freedom – October 24, 2018, 12:00pm in The Globe
What does being free mean to you? Is it sitting on a plane without a seatbelt, making decisions completely on your own, or even starting a new life in college across the world? Based on Amsel Saleem’s piece, “Freedom,” come join us for lunch and discussion on adjusting to freedom and independence in college, which is often an uncertain, intimidating, but transformative process. Free food will be provided!
First-Generation American – April 20, 2018, 12:00pm in The Globe
What is the first-generation American experience? What liminal spaces do we occupy in between cultures, and where do we find belonging? Based on Lydia Haile’s piece, “መብራት/ mebrat/light”, come join us for lunch and discussion about the first-generation identity. Free food will be provided!
Aging Internationally – March 1st, 2017, 12:00pm in SciLi 720
What does it mean to grow old in different cultures around the world? Are there family systems in place to take care of the elderly, or are they largely left on their own? Based on Layla Abdulla’s piece, “My name is,” come join us for lunch and discussion about taking care of the older generation. Lunch provided.
My Passport: A Danger by Default? – December 7th, 2015, 12:00pm in JWW 203
Join the conversation with Muhammad Waleed Nasir ’18 and the International Writers’ Blog as we explore how race and religion play an active role in American Institutions. Waleed, a student from Pakistan, got the idea for this conversation when he was detained in the Boston airport. It was one of those times when he actively felt “othered” and singled out due to certain aspects of his identity which he cannot control: race/nationality/religious beliefs.
Mental Health in the U.S. and Abroad – December 2nd, 2014, 12:00pm in Salomon Room 203
Join us for a free lunch and discussion about mental health. We will be continuing the conversation started by Bonginkosi Sibanda in her recent post, “Battling Depression.” Is mental illness something that is not discussed in your home country or in your family? Were you shocked to see how much mental illness is discussed in the U.S.? Or do you feel it isn’t discussed enough? Please join us for a lively conversation on the topic of mental health in the U.S. and abroad.