Barbara Lynch Crossing Borders Essay Awards Program
This annual award is named after Barbara Lynch who touched the lives of thousands of residents directing the I-House Program Office from 1966 to 1988. After Barbara died in 2001, Hugo and Elfi Tarazona established an endowment for the Barbara Lynch Crossing Borders Essay Awards Program. The fund provides awards to three residents who capture the essence of their I-House experience in a composition. The 1st place winner has the special honor of reading their essay as the I-House Resident Keynote Address at the last Sunday Supper of the academic year. Below are the winners from 2015.
2015 Barbara Lynch Crossing Borders Essay Award Winners
Reflections of the African Union Chairlady
Jee Hyou Choi
A Serendipitous Crossroads
Joint First place:
First Encounters, I-House Style, Alexandra "Lexi" Lambeck
and A Melodious Awakening, Vishwanath Bulusu
The Modern Frontier; Going Forth to be Transformed, Hatti Sudell
The I-House Alphabet, Renee Manneh
South Africa, Get Back to I-House: It’s the Best Cure, Cai Nebe
Walking up to the Dome, Ricardo Franca
Anna Elena Torres
Third place (Joint)
Dohyung Kwon & Rahul Verma
The World In A Grain of Sand, Nándor Gergely (France)
Connecting The Lifestyles, Kaho Ito (Japan)
Unexpected discoveries, Darko Cotoras (Chile) Integrative Biology
Untitled, Florance Ma
The very big achievement is just understanding that the borders are inside us, because this would imply that we do not have to change the world, but we should just change ourselves.
The experience we are doing here, staying in a foreign country, together with all others foreign countries, is an extraordinary experience, that most people cannot experiment. And it is exactly the kind of strong experience that can really change a person, in his deeply believes. The unique opportunity that I-House offers is to have all the world in the same place at the same moment.
You don't need trains, cars o planes to travel, you just have to do the stairs and rest in the Great Hall, and you are there, in the world. Consider how it is difficult to have all the country leaders sitting at the same table to discuss of world issues, and now think about how it is easy to sit at the same table with people of ten different countries in the Dining Hall? And you can do it all the days, all the year! It like a dreamy-leaders global-meeting one year long! It is something will never happen to them!
The only little detail is that we are not the country leaders. But actually we are even better: we are the future! And since this, we can determine the future of our countries! I don't know how many leaders have had a similar experience, maybe the world would be different, would be better.
But this experience is unique not only because we know people from other countries but also because we know people from our own country. It could seem not so strange, since, obviously, in your own country you meet a lot of people from your own country. But you usually do not meet
them outside of it.
I am italian, and of course I was italian also before coming here, but now when I say I am italian there is a different sense of consciousness. It could seem a paradox but I think I really meet my country here, for the first time.