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IFG Update: November 16th

Whatever you’re doing, you´re doing mindfully or mindlessly and the consequences of being in one state of mind over another is enormous. -Ellen Langer This week we’ve discussed the difference between mindfulness and mindlessness. The quote above is from Harvard social psychologist Ellen Langer whose groundbreaking work on mindlessness lead to some amazing insights into […]


IFG Update: November 9th

Love is not just the intention to love, but the capacity to reduce suffering, and offer peace and happiness. The practice of love increases our forbearance, our capacity to be patient and embrace difficulties and pain. Forbearance does mean that we try to suppress pain. ― Thich Nhat Hanh In light of the recent tragic […]

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IFG Update: November 2nd

What is freedom? It is the moment-by-moment experience of not being run by one’s own reactive mechanisms. Kevin McLeod, Freedom & Choice This week because of the holiday only the SOC IFG met. In this session we focused on freedom. We started our discussion by listening to two songs: Nina Simone´s “I Wish I Knew […]


IFG Update: October 26th

“One must have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.” -Friedrich Nietzsche The week´s Skidmore campus lockdown was a stark reminder of the ways in which we are detached from most our society’s most entrenched problems. And how these problems while ubiquitous can still seem very abstract unless we are directly confronted […]


IFG Update: October 19th

I think that what I have been truly searching for as a person, as a writer, as a thinker, as a daughter, is freedom. That is my mission. A sense of liberty, the liberty that comes not only from self-awareness but also from letting go of many things. Many things that weigh us down. — […]


IFG UPDATE: October 12th

Quotes of the week Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. — Hannah Arendt If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. — Franklin D. Roosevelt Meaning and relationships. […]


IFG Update: October 5th

Quote of the week The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not questioned. ― Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes Now that you’ve started getting comfortable it might be a great opportunity to take a quick look back and at […]


IFG Update: September 28th

Quote of the week So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next […]


IFG UPDATE: September 21st

All Student IFG Last week we explored what it means to live compassionately. We discussed compassion as extending your hearts beyond our concerns to others. We then examined how the way we normally conceptualize our identities impacts how we see and interact with the world. Students practiced In his 2005 graduation speech,“This is Water, David […]


IFG UPDATE: April 28

First of all, we want to thank you all for a wonderful semester of IFG! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know each of you as we all work towards becoming multi-local individuals. This week, we want to leave you with a longer post than usual, covering some resources, thoughts and guidelines on life after this study-abroad […]