A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

A friend recently sent me a photo of a menu board in front of a London restaurant, but instead of a listing the daily specials, it read, “All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.” I’ve had my fair share of overseas friends share their disappointment and befuddlement with the American people and our recent … Continue reading A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Fifty-five years ago this week, braving the cold winds of a winter’s January, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address imparting upon the American people words still true today: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure … Continue reading Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

Can a Superhero Conquer Prejudice and Create Understanding?

As a child, I was fascinated by comic books. The epic stories of good versus evil in a world parallel to our own captured my imagination and established a youthful ideal of justice I still possess. My old Spider-man, X-Men and Thor comics are now in storage somewhere, trapped in plastic sleeves, their well read … Continue reading Can a Superhero Conquer Prejudice and Create Understanding?

Diplomacy, Literally Speaking

While the 21st century has brought to the world a new era of interconnectedness and openness, what we are learning is that barriers to greater understanding and trust remain. Language, culture, religion, and political differences are just a few of the forces that continue to divide us, within countries and across borders. We can’t advertise … Continue reading Diplomacy, Literally Speaking

Extending Our Hands

“We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” – US President Barack Obama, Cairo 2009 Like many people around the world, I was inspired by President Obama’s landmark speech in Cairo, Egypt. That speech marked the beginning of a long-overdue dialogue between the United States and the people of the … Continue reading Extending Our Hands