Tag: diplomacy and leadership

Teen Ambassadors are a force for change

by Shivalie Saxena, 2019 Teen Ambassador My name is Shivali.  I am 15 years old and I attend Sewickley Academy this fall. By participating in Luminari’s “I Want to be an Ambassador” camp this summer, I was able to explore

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Operations Intern sees education play out in real life

by Camille Traczek Luminari is an organization with the goal of broadening minds, inspiring innovation and promoting community engagement. Although that may be the goal for students at the camps, I found that Luminari broadened my mind and inspired me

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2019 Teen Ambassadors in their own Words

ALINA: Thinking about my future job really scares me. What if I can’t decide what I want to be and what if I choose something that I later find out I don’t like? My name is Alina Zaidi and I’m

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The Resilience of Free Speech

A comment by Louis B. Schwartz “We should welcome the Communist Party of China to the cacophonous marketplace of ideas that defines American democracy and wish them luck competing. It may strengthen China, as it has strengthened us. Tolerating the

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Luminari Welcomes Sheila Hyland as Operations Manager

Sheila likes to say she caught the “Luminari bug.” Once you catch it, she says you can’t let go!  Sheila offered her expertise at the Speak & Tell! camp in 2016, then returned as co-director of the camp in 2017.

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Teen Ambassadors in their Own Words

Owen Chaffin: I have learned so many new things about diplomacy this week. From seeing first hand how Embassies and Ambassadors operate, learning from simulations about conflicts and situations that others face and getting to know and understand people with

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Building a Broader Foundation for the Future

Create Your Own Cultural Bridges By Susan Brozek Scott, Director, “I Want to be Ambassador!” Camp Let’s face it, it’s human nature to gravitate toward people we have things in common with in life.  You have friends who may have similar

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A Case for Diplomacy

Why Diplomacy Matters By Louis Schwartz ​In the early morning hours of January 13, a text message alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack instantly shattered the tranquility of our 50th State. During those unimaginably horrifying 40 minutes of widespread panic, before the erroneous text message was rescinded, terrified Americans and others from around the world most likely concluded that those ballistic

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Luminari Announces Ilene Hurwitz Schwartz as Director of Operations

Each year we are given the opportunity to take stock and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives – family, friendships, good health and good fortune. At Luminari, we are especially grateful for all of the positive, talented

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