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“My experience at Princeton was a major turning point in my life. Princeton’s teaching and assessment style honed my reading and writing skills, and being able to choose from a range of course topics was a refreshing change of pace. I also met second-generation immigrant and first-generation college students like me, and I learned that there is neither a standard Princeton student, nor a standard American. My friends taught me that ‘once a tiger, always a tiger’ and it has proved to be true: I have already met many Princetonians around Europe and I am still in touch with students, faculty and my study abroad advisers.”

Zakaria Bekkali, former Princeton University exchange student from Bocconi University in Milan.

“China’s rapid industrialization this century has led to enormous environmental degradation and associated adverse health impacts, as well as the largest carbon dioxide emissions in the world. My work in China has focused on opportunities to simultaneously reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. These problems — air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions — are interlinked and globally pervasive, and addressing one provides opportunities for leveraging solutions to the other.”

Denise Mauzerall, professor of environmental engineering and international affairs, on the importance of cross-national research.

“I am excited and honored to have been appointed director of the Davis International Center. Never in my wildest dreams growing up in Vieques, Puerto Rico, did I imagine being part of such a special place. The Davis IC, we are proud to proclaim, is ‘a place for us all.’ This phrase is a testament to the University’s internationalization efforts and the way we pull together when confronted by challenges. It is a unique privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a caring and talented staff, to collaborate with outstanding volunteers and campus partners, and to serve this vibrant international community.”

Albert Rivera, newly appointed director of the Davis International Center.

“Listening to a member of the Xavante indigenous group in the Mato Grosso pointing to a forest fire in the Amazon, or being invited by Bedouin women into their makeshift tent in the Negev desert and hearing what it means to live in the conditions we had only read about before at a distance made palpable not only injustice and violence, but also resistance and hope, and has informed my research tremendously.”

Daniela Gandorfer, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, on her involvement with “Conflict Shorelines,” a multi-year, multi-disciplinary project that examined the entanglement between political conflicts and climate change.

Iceland Adventures

Ara Eagan ’21 spent sophomore spring studying at Goldsmiths University of London, where she took classes in sociology, psychology and anthropology. Here she is snorkeling in Iceland during spring break.