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Alumni of the Month: Talia Smith

One early October morning, I had the opportunity to virtually connect with Talia Smith, an Undercurrent alumni who is presently working with the UN in Indonesia! Oh, the wonders of modern technology, where you can be instantly connected to someone across the world — and conduct interviews in your pyjamas! After being warned that the […]
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Alumni of the Month: Hilary Clauson

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to virtually sit down with Hilary Clauson, a highly successful woman who sat on the Undercurrent’s Editorial Board in 2008 & 2009. Hilary, who lives in Ottawa presently, was very gracious to meet with me, despite the tragic events that had occurred a day earlier in our nation’s capital. […]
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Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter

Christie here with another edition of the IDS Students’ Bookshelf! The second book to be added to our bookshelf is Max Du Preez’s Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter (written in 2003). Prior to embarking on a field course in South Africa in 2013, I was required to read numerous books written by South Africans and/or […]
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Shake Hands with The Devil

The first book to be added to our bookshelf is…… “Shake Hands with the Devil” by Roméo Dallaire (published in 2003). I chose this book as it is a well-known book amongst IDS students, which will provide an opportunity for dialogue!  Following the guidelines posted in last week’s blog entry (available HERE), here are my […]
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Kelvin Chu

Kelvin is a final year student at the University of Toronto, focusing on English and French with a minor in Italian. Although literature remains his main passion, he is also eager to learn more about the humanities and social sciences in general. His background in literary studies has taught him that literature and politics are not two disparate worlds. Indeed, many writers are politically engaged. […]
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Guidelines for Underblog Submissions

Do you want to submit a post for one of our blog categories? Read on to see the guidelines for each category. Stories from the Field Do you have an interesting story from your time in the field that you want to share? This category is not limited to undergraduate students — professors and practitioners are […]
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20 Websites Every IDS Student Should Know About

You’ve probably seen Buzzfeed articles pop on your Facebook newsfeed. With titles like “17 Things Anyone Who Has Built Ikea Furniture Knows To Be True”, these articles are a great (and hilarious) way to put off writing that analysis on microcredit schemes in Bangladesh. On occasion, however, these articles can be quite useful. Here at the Undercurrent, we […]
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Devon Matthews, Dalhousie University

Devon is a 3rd year student at Dalhousie University studying International Development and Environmental Sustainability.  Devon has travelled extensively, especially enjoying her recent travels in South America. Her commitment to academia is equally as important to her as the ‘real world’ skills she has learnt from her global exploring.  Her interest in International Development was catalyzed by her invol
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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another school year from all of us at the Undercurrent! We hope you had a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, exploring, pleasure reading, farmer’s markets and of course, relaxing. While you may not be overly excited about getting back into the school grind already, here at the Undercurrent we’re very excited for […]
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Moira Hennebury

  Moira is a forth year student at the University of Waterloo majoring in International Development with special focus on Sustainable Local Economic Development. Her research interests include urban planning, sustainable food systems, and public health. In 2012, Moira became the first Faculty of Environment student at the University of Waterloo to be awarded the […]
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