An inquisitive South African penguin cocks its head as it peers up at the lens; the wall-and-pillar ruins of a twelfth-century Moroccan mosque stretch against the backdrop of a cloudless blue sky and sea; a table of flickering tea lights are juxtaposed against a multihued glass window in a Parisian cathedral. What do these images have in common, besides encouraging the viewer to daydream of adventurous travel? All three were included in WPI’s international and intercultural magazine, Unpacked.
Last year—with the help of International House, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, Humanities and Arts, and several interested students—WPI launched the digital magazine. Unpacked is compiled twice a year and distributed electronically through campus-wide email links and the WPI website. Submissions are collected at the beginning of A- and C-Terms and the magazine is produced in early November (in honor of International Education Month) and early April.
The inaugural issue, Fall 2012, included personal stories, essays, poems, and several photo series from 21 student, faculty, and staff contributors. Countries highlighted include Argentina, Bhutan, Namibia, Paraguay, Thailand, and more. The spring issue had more stories, poems, and photos from 17 student, faculty and staff contributors and featured Australia, China, Jordan, Laos, Mongolia, and Nepal, among others.
The editors of Unpacked are seeking more fantastic stories of international and intercultural travel and experiences. The magazine accepts photos, essays, stories, poetry, and artwork and is looking for submissions on the themes of “experience,” “inspiration,” “action,” “culture,” “project,” and “viewpoint.” The deadline for Fall 2013 submissions is midnight September 15 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on submission specifics, check out the Unpacked website or come to Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division’s Global Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to visit the Unpacked information table.
So whether you are a student who recently returned from a life-changing project experience abroad, a staff member with an interesting intercultural experience from your past, or a faculty member with an exciting summer travel story to tell—Unpacked wants to hear it.
Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars