When 2005-2006 Humphrey Fellow Orlando Acosta (Rutgers University – Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change) learned that he would be attending a pre-academic English training at the University of Oregon, he sought to learn more about the state’s local history. Once he began his research, he was delighted to discover numerous connections between the city of Eugene, which is home to the university, and his native country of Panama. Orlando explained:
When I reached Eugene in Oregon I had an urgent feeling to try to answer [the questions], “What brought me here? What are the links between Oregon and Panama?” How unbelievable that just as I began my first eight weeks in Oregon I made such “local” discoveries.
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