Status of the Shipboard Campus

As the Institute for Shipboard Education has shared since earlier this year, ISE and its European banks arranged a standstill agreement to facilitate the sale of the MV Explorer to relieve the organization of the many financial burdens of ship ownership. The agreement states that ISE remains owner of the MV Explorer through the Semester at […]

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K.G. Balakrishnan on the State of Human Rights in India

Konakuppakatil Gopinathan Balakrishnan served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India between 2007 and 2010 and is currently the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India. On the day of the MV Explorer’s arrival in Cochin, Justice Balakrishnan spoke to Spring 2015 voyagers about his career and the current state of […]

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Photo Gallery: Sea Olympics

Time to break out the face paint and sport your Sea colors, the Sea Olympics are here!  During the six days at sea between Mauritius and South Africa, the Spring 2015 Sea Olympics were held on the MV Explorer.  Eight Seas (grouped by where your cabin is located on the ship) competed in many events and […]

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Colonialism and Revolution in Cochin

At the center of the historic spice trade, the port of Cochin, India has experienced multiple periods of foreign rule since the 1500′s, seeing major influences from Dutch, Portuguese, and British traders. Spring 2015 voyagers got the chance to explore the legacy of these cultural influences while the MV Explorer was docked in Cochin. Evan […]

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Yangon: Messages of Sound and Silence

“The Underground acts as a reverberant space; cavernous and dim, it echoes with sounds and voices to unfold in uncertain yet urgent messages.” — Brandon Labelle Spring 2015 voyagers studying Music in Everyday Life spent the day exploring the sounds and messages of underground silences and the everyday noises of Burma (Myanmar). Participants visited the […]

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Growth, Inequality, and Poverty in India

Indian Interport Lecturer Nisha Agrawal has been working on poverty, inequality and development issues for more than two decades and has served as the CEO of Oxfam India since its inception in 2008. In this Explorer’s Seminar podcast, Nisha gives a presentation on the history of India’s development starting in 1991, when major reforms were […]

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India: A Vibrant Change

As the MV Explorer approached the port in Cochin,  I could tell it was a place like none other we had visited along our journey. Although still in Asia, it was easy to see how things in India had a flavor of their own, like a mysterious gem that was waiting to be discovered. People […]

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Pomelo: Helping Designers Reach an International Market

For its target customer, Pomelo isn’t an easy store to find. The retail store sits on the second floor of a building overlooking a busy street in downtown Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar).  Thein Pyu Road is loud and rushed, with an endless stream of traffic.  If you’re arriving by cab or bus, you should be […]

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