SAMENA Program: Delhi, old and new

A narrow residential lane in Chandni Chowk. Photo: Vedica Kant Delhi, old and new. New Delhi, the capital of India, is a slightly schizophrenic, multi-layered city. Its name itself is a topic of discussion. Why is it ‘new’ Delhi? Is there an ‘old’ Delhi? Can you use the name Delhi and New Delhi interchangeably? These…

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Thoughts on Brasília

Brasília is a fever. A cauldron of activity that the Lauder Portuguese programhad the opportunity to experience first hand this July. The city is a fever dream. It’s the execution in the Brazilian planalto of a plan to move the capital that existed for decades. It was the vision of Juscelino Kubitchek for the country…

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Dubai – Governance behind the city-scape

Shadow of Burj Khalifa extending to the Dubai landscape Standing at the base of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai’s hot and humid summer, we struggled to spot the pinnacle of the tower against the searing sun. Towering at 828 meters (2,716.5 ft.) high, the Burj Khalifa in is the tallest structure in the world. It…

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Japanese Program Learnings: Sake

Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage. While the word sake in Japanese means ‘alcohol’, it is often used to refer to nihonshu 日本酒, or Japanese rice wine. As part of our Lauder immersion, we took part in a sake tasting event. Like wine, sake has many subtle and complex flavors that require some background…

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German Program: Let’s get it started

Berlin: home of the avant-garde, graffiti, curry wurst, and yes, startups. Throughout our five weeks our German track has explored some of the dynamics for Germany’s many entrepreneurial ventures and dissected both what has caused the influx of such companies and the various alternative paths for growth. On one extreme of the spectrum lie the…

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5 Weeks in Seoul

We have the honor of being the first two students in Lauder’s inaugural Korean track program this year. As Korean-American heritage speakers with minimal prior formal instruction of the language, this program was optimal for us to hone our skills and gain a deeper level of understanding of Korean society and culture. Our summer consisted…

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Post Lauder Adventures

Us and our trusted car, right before we set off from Madrid. Three friends, 10,000 miles, and an old car. That was the initial plan when we decided to drive from Madrid to Ulaanbaatar. With our Lauder diplomas in our pockets, we wanted to take advantage of the summer to discover new landscapes, new cultures…

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