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DBi New Zealand January 2020: From the Classroom to the Vineyard

By Nicholas Martinez

Kia ora koutou katoa – Greetings and hello to you all! From January 5th through the 16th, 31 Stern students gathered in Auckland, New Zealand for the first ever DBi New Zealand. Through multiple site visits and guest lectures, the course provided an insightful view into the industries that represent the commanding heights of the country’s economy. 

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We first received a warm and welcoming greeting from the University of Otago’s Associate Dean, Dr. Lincoln Wood. After his introduction we began our class which explored the history of New Zealand and the emphasis placed on recognizing the Māoris, the country’s indigenous population.…

Fashion Week 2020

Full disclosure: I’m writing this article wearing a hard hat in a damp construction shanty in the Meatpacking District. I am not the target market of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), but one thing is for sure: I absolutely love it. For two weeks, NYC is flooded with even more materialism and pretty people than it usually has, and the excuse to party on Tuesday nights (all in the name of networking of course) is never more palpable.

Sure, there are downsides to Fashion Week. Longer lines at restaurants, overcrowded bars and clubs, sleep deprivation. But if those are really dealbreakers, why did you move to New York in the first place?…

DBi South Africa January 2020: Economic Opportunity in Africa and What We Owe to Each Other

By Gage Kaefring

Stepping off the 16 hour flight from Newark to Cape Town, I was woefully ignorant of the situation that gripped South Africa. I had read (some) of the pre-reading assigned to us for the course and I knew of the oppressive apartheid regime that had controlled the country before the early 1990s, but I had no true concept of the ripple effects created by that regime and the real human toll on those still dealing with the aftermath. Of course, logically, I should have realized that a system so oppressive and long would take many generations to reverse but I had not, for whatever reason, really considered the implications.…

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