A Top-Secret Conference

“The next class will simulate a top-level, BUT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND UNOFFICIAL conference between key-parties in the Northern Ireland Conflict. The object of the conference, is to secure an agreement (but what agreement is for YOU to decide), that will end the recent armed violence in Northern Ireland. Due to the political delicacy, the conference …

An Afternoon at Designmuseum Danmark

In my New Nordic Design Class, we have an assignment called the Nordic Paper that involves us doing research at the Designmuseum Danmark. This museum currently has an exhibition called Danish Design Now that showcases some of the most classic and iconic pieces that are core to Danish design. One afternoon, I decided to go …

Seattle vs. Copenhagen

Are they so different? Yes. Yes they are. Having lived in Seattle and currently living in Copenhagen, it has been fun to compare the two cities. Besides the obvious difference in language and surface-level similarity in weather, there are so many elements of both that make them such unique places. Buildings: Throughout Europe, we see …

A Glimpse at September

As the temperature starts to drop and the classwork starts to ramp up here in Denmark, my schedule has been crazier than ever. As everyone is now adjusted to DIS and to life in Copenhagen, my calendar only has a few open days for relaxation or exploration. Here are some of the highlights from this …

The Environment and Copenhagen

How does Denmark deal with the climate crisis? That is not a simple question and does not have a simple answer. Across the world, we see many different approaches to environmental policy. In the States, in the current administration, we are reversing many environmentally-conscious policies, only contributing to the devastating effects of climate change. Whereas …

Core Course Week

Core Course Week is an integral part of DIS and it’s finally here! Let me take you along for the ride: Monday, September 9th: Today, I had a full day with our Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism course, as this week, we don’t have any of our electives (just the core course!). We started the day with …

Three days in Oslo

What does a weekend look like for two young girls in Norway? Here’s a glimpse: I went with my friend, Jill, who I met two weeks prior in my Muslims in the West class! Here’s me and Jill after getting to Oslo! After we landed in Oslo, we made our way to our Airbnb, dropped …

Speaking with an Eyewitness

Four years ago, a terrorist attack struck Copenhagen and shook Denmark to the core. A couple of days ago, we had a guest lecturer in my Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism class who was at the first attack. Let me give you some background: The attack involved two shootings, one at Krudttønden and one outside of a …

My Day with Islamic Art in Copenhagen

One of the things that is very unique about DIS is the scheduling of classes. We have some classes on Mondays and Thursdays, some on Tuesdays and Fridays, and no classes on Wednesdays. Instead of classes, we have days that are open for field studies, which we have a couple of times during the semester …

First Week with DIS!

So it begins! It is my first week here with DIS and I thought I’d take you along for the ride! Monday, August 19th: Today, I attended the DIS Welcoming Ceremony at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, which was beautiful and fit over 1,000 of us new DIS students quite comfortably. At the ceremony, …

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