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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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Celebrate: Cinco de Mayo

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. (Mexico’s Independence Day, which is called “El Grito”, is actually celebrated on September 16.) To share the history of Cinco de Mayo, on the 5th of May, nearly 160 years ago in the unlikely city of Puebla, the small Mexican army successfully fended off the most powerful forces of the French led by Napoleon III. The event is celebrated every year on “Cinco de Mayo”, although it is celebrated differently in my native Mexico than in the United States. In the U.S., people have parties, eat Mexican food
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Meet The Center: Tyler Smoot

First things first: tell us a little about your background.  I grew up in the small Central Indiana town of Winchester which is “famous” for three things: we have the Winchester Speedway which, according to their website, is the fastest half-mile racetrack in the world; we have the factory that makes Wick’s Pies, the state sugar cream pie; and Robert Wise, director of The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, etc., was born there. I went to college at the University of Evansville, first for archaeology and then, after having
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Global Competency Spotlight: Franklin College

Tell us a little about you and your organization. Founded in 1834, Franklin College (FC) is a small liberal arts based institution located 20 miles south of Indianapolis in the city of Franklin. With 55 majors, 41 minors, and 11 pre-professional programs from which to choose, Franklin College offers students hands-on learning experiences, as well as a commitment to ethical leadership at home and abroad. Our campus emphasizes the importance of being exposed to global experiences both on- and off-campus while also striving to create a welcoming inclusive environment for international students to study in the United States. As
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