Rachel's Blog

June 10, 2017
This weekend is the last colloquim for 2016-17 Bastiat fellows with the Mercatus Center. What an interesting journey. I am glad I took a risk in engaging in Political Economy discussions. I learned so much about the political economy of innovation & technology, crises, etc.

June 7, 2017
At the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics' Summer Forum. There is a two-day symposium on migration. Facinating research topics, and many are from the European perspective (which we don't hear about as much on the other side of the Pond). The final speaker was Alan Manning from the UK. He shared his thoughs in the post-Brexit immigration policy world that the UK has entered. Very interesting and timely.

June 2, 2017
Hello from Barcelona! I haven't been to Spain in about 15 years. The landscape seems more "diverse" than times past. I see alot of South-American faces. (Do they learn Catalan and Valenciano when they migrate to these bilingual regions outside Madrid?) What hasn't changed, however, is that the Sagrada Familia is still under construction (!).

May 23, 2017
I graduated with a masters from The George Washington University. I had an academic blast!

May 2, 2017
Watch: Canada's military history: a live, interactive roundtable discussion. How much do Canadians know about our country's military history?
Join three historians, an educator and an author for a live, roundtable discussion about diversity in the armed forces, the military's role in defining our nation and the differing perspectives on Canada's military past.

April 29, 2017
I discussed the first 100 days of the Trump administration on VOA's "Washington Forum" current affairs show. Lots of policy changes have come to pass and more are coming!

April 20, 2017
Discovering downtown Decatur, Georgia. I am stting with the 3rd president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. 2017_decatur_GA (276K)

March 19, 2017
Beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, beautiful people in Martinique. 2017_martinique (45K) I was really moved by the slave memorial at the site where a slave ship capsized in 1830, some 15 years *after* France supposedly abolished slavery. The Anse Caffard Memorial was inaugurated in 1998, for the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

March 3, 2017
In Baltimore for the third time in as many weeks. This time, I went to the Reginald Lewis museum. I also caught a Broadway play adaptation of "The Bodyguard", starring Deborah Cox. It was fantastic! Highly recommended! 2017_bodyguard (54K)

January 19, 2017
I made a pigrimage to Selma, Alabama: walked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge where, 50 years ago, civil rights leaders and regular citizens who souught the equality that the U.S. Constitution boasts. Moving. 2017_selma (124K)