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La Orquesta De La Luz, Salsa From Japan

Earlier this week it was business as usual at the office. It was unseasonably cool, (at least that is what the weatherman kept reporting) and the employees were in the mood for some salsa music to warm their day. One of them, whom we call “G”, walked up to me and asked whether I knew […]

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Brazilian Film Director José Padilha Resurrects RoboCop

One of the most well known sci-fi films of the late 80s has been resurrected, RoboCop, thanks to  Brazilian director José Padilha. Padilha has scored big with his first fictional film in Brazil, Elite Squad coming in at Number 1 in 2007. The following year, Padilha won the highest prize awarded for best film at the Berlin International Film […]

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Motivational Read: From the Bricks to the Hall

Originally published  in the Harvard Educational Review. *** By Mellie Torres I am a Latina of Puerto Rican descent from Newark “Brick City,” New Jersey, a city that has been reviled in the press as well as in academic journals as the archetype of poverty, failing public schools, violence, and hopelessness—a place where one’s dreams cannot […]

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