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Those “dirty people” often aren’t: Our lesson from Ireland

In 2015, we were invited to friendly Dublin, Ireland to collaborate on a new project focusing on the social dimensions of water. At the time, Ireland was in the midst of a highly emotional political crisis, because people were outraged that the government had begun to charge households for water. […]

Public breastfeeding, purity, and the Prado

The Prado gallery in Madrid is splendid and powerful, full of historical paintings that lift the spirit and energize the imagination. And on a recent visit as I wandered the galleries on a hot Spanish summer afternoon, I was struck by one recurring theme. Masterpiece upon masterpiece of a baby […]

Slum tourism, empathy, and study abroad

At Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein, South Africa, visitors can experience what it is to live in a local village — heating your own water over a fire and¬†using “a long drop effect” outside toilet. The corrugated iron chalets may look like poor people live in them, but they are carefully […]

Lessons from a Visit to the World’s Prettiest Prison

Within a decade or so, the last remaining patient-residents of the¬†Hawai`ian leprosy colony of Kalaupapa will die. The highest sea cliffs in the world separate the peninsula on the northwest coast of the tiny island of Molokai from the wider world. A physical quarantine, you can get to Kalaupapa from […]