This blog will have opportunities for jobs, scholarships, internships, calls for papers, and more. It will also feature personal expressions from your fellow alumni in the form of essays, stories, poetry, and photography. If you would like to share an opportunity or personal expression, please email me.
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About me: My name is Kevin Pham, and I am the coordinator of the Olive Tree Alumni network. My goal is to keep you all connected after your OTI trip, and to help you make the best of this network. I went on the second OTI trip in 2009. OTI convinced me that travel can be enlightening, so after graduating in 2010, I lived in Vietnam to learn Vietnamese, while teaching English. In 2011, I did a masters in conflict resolution at the University of Amsterdam through a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. There, I studied how Dutch teachers were dealing with de-facto segregation between native and migrant communities. This furthered my interest in the intersections of identity, diversity, liberalism, and conflict. Today, I am doing my Ph.D. in political theory at UC Riverside. My dissertation uses the organizing concept of the ‘self’ to trace how Vietnamese political thought evolved during its interactions with the West.