Reflections on a Summer in BiH

So many of this summer’s blogs I’ve focused on Bih and how I see the country. I started writing this reflection after seeing a symphony/ classical music in an old Czech church in Prague and decided that Bosnia is like Bach’s Toccata in D Minor  played by a crowd measured ...

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Research Assistant

This summer I had the honor of working for Enis Omerović a local human rights attorney working on a book about the genocide in Bosnia. More specifically he is writing about the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the implications of the court decisions on genocide case ...

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The Privilege of Travel

In addition to seeing Bosnia during this brief internship, I’ve been fortunate to go to Turkey, Serbia, & Croatia and plan to go to Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany. Some of these are repeat locations for me and some of them are new. And as I fill in ...

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Photography & BiH

For this week’s blog we were supposed to choose a photo and write about it. There’s a cliche that says a picture is worth a 1,000 words, but I’d need a million to encompass my time here in pixels. After all photography is not often about content, it’s about light. ...

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Never Forget

This weekend was a strange weekend we were fortunate to meet with wonderful, warm, welcoming people who also were genocide survivors. In between rounds of coffee, meals, museums, bus rides, etc. they told us their stories. Each of their stories is horrific in its own way, and each emphasizes why ...

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Remembering and Learning from Srebrenica

We attended the July 11th commemoration in Potočari for the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. This a difficult blog post to write. In so many ways this is not my story to tell. It’s not my memories or loved ones or past life. But, I am deeply impacted by ...

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Spacial Studies

Recently a co-worker’s daughter told me she was graduating from college with a couple majors and a minor in spacial studies. I had never heard of spacial studies and asked her what it meant. It was the idea that the physical geography of where we live is intricately tied to ...

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First Impressions… Well, Second Impressions

I have been to Bosnia before–more specifically I have been to Herzegovina before and so I have a matching passport stamp, but have never existed here before. In many ways a stop in Mostar on a back packing trip and beginning a summer internship in Sarajevo could not be more ...

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