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International Space Station: Out of this World Diplomacy

At any given time, up to six astronauts are flying 248 miles above Earth’s surface at over 17,000 miles per hour. Astronauts chosen to go to the International Space Station hail from nations across the world: the U.S., Russia, Japan, England and Italy, to name a few. Despite missions that average 6 months and the many risks of space travel (including but not limited to: fire, heights, small spaces, microscopic satellite debris that can tear the ISS apart), governments around the world continue to send their brightest minds into Low Earth Orbit to advance our knowledge back on Earth.
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Polo: A Passport to the World

If you’re anything like me, when you hear the world “polo,” you think of one of two things: Ralph Lauren or the film Pretty Woman. However, the high-stakes, high-speed sport has a rich identity outside of the collared shirts with which it’s often associated. Much like football (or soccer, here in the United States), polo is an international sensation, with more than 30 countries—including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Scotland and Thailand—sending ambassadors to the governing body’s Beverly Hills-based headquarters each year. In fact, Sir Winston Churchill, the storied prime minister of the United Kingdom, once famously declared, “polo is
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Not What You Expect

In the fall of 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a study abroad in Ecuador while I was a sophomore in undergrad. This opportunity presented itself right as I felt my knowledge of the Spanish language had reached the level where immersion was necessary see any additional improvement. It is one thing to learn a language, but it is something completely different to live it: to constantly read, speak, and think in it. During my residency in Ecuador, I had the opportunity to visit the Amazon Rainforest (yes, the one with the anacondas!). As someone who is
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The Mandela Effect: Part Two

To read the part one of The Mandela Effect, click here. Meeting Mandela I met Nelson Mandela before he became president of South Africa. He had just been released from prison after serving a 27 year fighting for human rights and racial equality. He was visiting Durban, the city I grew up in, for a rally. I lived about 15-minutes from the ocean where there’s a beautiful boardwalk where you can cycle or jog. This one Sunday morning, I was running with a friend and at some point, I went ahead. As I was running on the sidewalk, there
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Celebrate: Bastille Day

In France, our “Fête Nationale” (national holiday) is celebrated on July 14. It commemorates “la Prise de la Bastille” which occurred on July, 14, 1789, during the French Revolution. The Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris, was captured by insurgents, marking the beginning of the revolution. Every year since then, the “Fête de la Féderation” has been  celebrated throughout entire country, honoring  the French Revolution and the creation of a new national government. I remember during my childhood in the South of France, this special public holiday always came in the midst of the very hot summer,
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The Mandela Effect: Part One

I am a fourth generation South African with Indian roots. During the 1800s, when South Africa and India were both colonized by the British, my ancestors were brought to South Africa as indentured laborers to work the railroads, coal mines and sugar cane fields. They left India for various reasons, among them being the current state of government in India, family issues, or just an adventure. By the time their contract ended, most of the Indians working in South Africa had established a community—building schools, places of worship and starting informal businesses. My ancestors, like many other Indians, decided
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AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER, EVERY DAY IS FLAG DAY

Americans’ relationship with their flag is a special and patriotic one- so much so that they’ve devoted a day to celebrating the Stars and Stripes and the impact that it has made on flag displays in the U.S. In commemoration of the American Flag adoption by President Woodrow Wilson in 1777, Flag Day is celebrated annually on June 14. While it’s not recognized as a federal holiday, many states have incorporated parades and ceremonial raisings into their observance of Flag Day. Twenty-six variations of the flag have flown since the first flag was adopted, and the 50-star flag that
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Meet The Center: Laura Limp

First things first: tell us a little about your background. I’m a homegrown Hoosier from the southern part of the state, graduating from IU when Pearl Jam hit the scene! I loved living in Chicago; love my Cubbies but hated the weather, so I am migrating south. What drew you to your role at The International Center?  The mission. I did extensive research after learning about the development position, convinced this opportunity was too good to be true! The International Center is truly a catalyst that connects, convenes and informs public, private and civic constituents, through ideas, strategy and
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More Than a Race

Chris Gahl discusses the impact of international visitors at the Indy 500
Each May, the energy in this city is palpable.  Each May, there’s a contagious enthusiasm emanating from the “Racing Capital of the World.”  For more than a century, this crescendoing buzz has helped Indy take a pole position as an international city to visit. This was evident last May, when record-breaking crowds raced into Indy for the 100th running of the largest single-day sporting event on the planet.  We witnessed a strong 10 percent increase in the number of international visitors—with the UK, Germany, and Canada taking the podium.  The Memorial Day weekend also helped generate a healthy nine-figure
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Autobahns and Bicycles: Bike to Work Day

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. This year, National Bike to Work Week will be held on May 15-19 and Bike to Work Day is May 19. But wait: why do we need to encourage folks to ride their bike? In my native Germany, people are bicycle-friendly. I remember riding my bike to school every day. Many ride bicycles from
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