Portuguese Program – Politics, Economics and Society

After a three-week stint in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Rio de Janeiro), the Portuguese track has been on the move, visiting both Brasilia and Salvador for a week, before arriving in Sao Paulo, where we will spend the last half of our summer immersion. A two-day trip to Brasilia, the nation’s capital since 1960, gave us…

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Twilight on the Calendaria

Bogota’s historic center is ready for a comeback.  But will its soul co me back with it? Like every history-loving traveler, I’d like to go back in time to experience the past in person. I’ve often imagined, like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris, the experience of rounding a street corner, passing through an…

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Reading the Tea Leaves in Hangzhou

People who visit China often do not have the chance to travel outside the first-tier cities, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Shenzhen. While these financial and cultural centers can be wildly impressive in their sheer size and flashiness, there is much more to China than the Big Four. Last week the Chinese Program had the opportunity…

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A Spirited Approach to Innovation – Lauder French Program Visits Pernod Ricard Headquarters

The Lauder Institute French Program’s Class of 2017 learned firsthand about how digital innovation is transforming Paris-based wine- and spirit-maker Pernod Ricard and helping it respond to global supply chain, marketing, and sales challenges. Students met a number of executives including CEO Alexandre Ricard (G’01 WG’01), Chief Learning Officer Alban Marignier, and Global Digital Acceleration…

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Ramadan Traditions in Tunis

The second week of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan continues this week here in Tunis and it has been wonderful participating in and observing the traditions of the month. From the delicious dishes that families serve for iftaar, the meal that breaks the long day of fasting, to the late night celebrations in cafes…

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Updates from the German Program

The lonely German immersion is doing fine! The German track program is intense, broadly contextualized and smart oriented Together with Angelika Fuehrich, I am now at the end of my third week in Germany. Like most of us Lauderites, I have language classes every morning and cultural, business or academic related activities every afternoon. The…

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Futebol in Brazil

Despite the fact that our immersion is sandwiched between the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, two of the world’s largest football events, we have still managed to witness Brazil’s enduring passion for futebol. Futebol is integral to Brazilian culture and is inescapable in Rio. It is not a game; it is a way…

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Hindi Program Students Discuss Role of Language

Misconceptions about India’s multiple languages abound, ranging from the belief that the most widely spoken language in the country is called “Hindu,” to the idea that India’s hundreds of languages are all related, all the way to the assumption that there even is a majority language. These are false. The most widely spoken language, Hindi,…

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