Saturday, May 21, 2022

Contributors

Kristoffer Balintona

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Kristoffer is a philosophy student with interests in ethics, metaethics, and epistemology. He is now aiming to learn about Exitentialism/Nihilism/Absurdism, anti-foundationalism, and phenomenalism. Kristoffer’s philosophical leanings also have a historical bend, often collaborating with the intellectual trends and context of the region and time period.

Fun Facts:

I played the popular online multiplayer game League of Legends for 7 years.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Elon Musk.

Evan Stein

ASSOCIATE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Evan is a vegan straight edge musician from Southern California. He plays in a three hardcore bands which take up the majority of his time. He also enjoys reading and writing comics in his very little spare time.

Fun Facts:

I play in three hardcore bands!

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

I have been trying to land that Phoebe Bridgers interview for so long now. If I bother her team any more they may tell me to leave them alone.

Charles Alaimo

SENIOR INTERVIEWER COORDINATOR

hi i’m charles! i’m planning on concentrating in economics or urban studies, and i’m from boulder, colorado. i’m absolutely fascinated by all sorts of things, like bread, telephone poles, meditation, housing policy, or pantone colors. i’m incredibly lucky to be part of brown interviews; i love it here!

Fun Facts:

Once I spent an entire day blindfolded!

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Ibn Battuta

Elizabeth Herschfield

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Elizabeth is studying economics and also have an interest in journalism! Some of her favorite spots around campus are Blue State Coffee and Prospect Terrace. She’s from New Jersey, and she loves going into NYC for delicious, authentic ethnic food. When she’s home, she can be found going on drives with friends blasting 2000s music.

Fun Facts:

I have a dog and a cat!

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

My dream interviewee is John Krasinski.

Dana Toneiva

I am originally from Bulgaria, but I started travelling to the US at the age of 11 when I would visit my brother in NYC. I am a Libra (for the astro geeks, I am also a Leo Rising) and I love seafood (my favorite is probably grilled octopus). Mark Twain always cheers me up, and I do my best to live by Charlie Chaplin’s “A day without laughter is a day wasted”. I love travelling – one of my favorite destinations is the Antelope Canyon. A fun experience I can share more about would be getting caught up in a sandstorm during a visit to Monument Valley.

Fun Facts:

I caI was once in a sandstorm.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Lewis Hamilton

Danielle Springer

Danielle is a senior interviewer at BUI concentrating in Sociology and Linguistics. She’s obsessed with chocolate, podcasts on personal development, puppies, and pressuring her friends to go hiking (but never following through). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, as well as practicing yoga and meditation.

Fun Facts:

I have a twin sister!

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

My dream interviewee would be Sam Harris. I’d love to interview him about mindfulness and spirituality.

Nick Kolbas

Nick is a sophomore from Boston concentrating in Environmental Studies, with a focus on environmental justice and sustainable management. He firmly believes the Ratty deserves a better reputation. Not because of the food, but the vibes. Crowded. Stressful. Eclectic menu. Tight seating. Like an airplane.

Fun Facts:

A female peacock is called a peahen.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Autumn Wong

Autumn Wong is a contemplative studies concentrator trying to find her way in life through storytelling. She is from Jupiter, FL with plans to study in Turkey. When she is not completing pre-dental (possibly) or Air Force ROTC requirements, she is an avid bassoonist and mediocre climber.

Fun Facts:

I collect animal sweaters with my spare change.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Yo-Yo Ma.

Nicole Chen

Nicole Chen is a Brown University student concentrating in International and Public Affairs and pursuing a Certificate of Data Fluency. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, but has family roots in both California and Taiwan. Nicole loves interviewing experts in various fields from policy and entrepreneurship to beauty and fashion and especially enjoys learning about people’s unique cultures and lived experiences. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, and reading.

Olivia Hanley

Hi everyone! My name’s Olivia Hanley. I’m from Chicago, I’m a gemini, and I love pasta. I love to read and write and my favorite book is The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. My dream vacation is either South Africa or Thailand but I’d also really like to go to Greece. I’ve been loving my time here at BUI and I can’t wait to go out and interview more fascinating people as well as read what my fellow interviewers have been writing.

Fun Facts:

I’m left handed!

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Rita Dove.

Keith Richie

Keith is a member of the Presidential Scholars Program at Brown University. He is a concentrator in the Department of Religious Studies, where he is working on a research project that analyzes the changes in American politics over the past decade. Keith has two cats back home, whose names are Wallace and Totoro. His favorite author is Franz Kafka, and he has recently been reading Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade series. Keith loves learning languages and studied French, Spanish, and Latin in high school.

Fun Facts:

Ezra Pound’s politics aren’t so fun, but I consider it a fun fact that, despite being in a town of just a few thousand people, I grew up a five minute walk from Ezra Pound’s childhood home.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

My dream interviewee is Dr. Cornel West! As a scholar of religion with deep insights on politics, Cornel West is a personal role model for me. I am, moreover, deeply intrigued by Dr. West’s analysis of contemporary American politics and would love to discuss this topic with him in an interview.

Soneida DeLine-Caballero

Soneida Rodriguez is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Medical Science at Brown University’s Gateways program, conducting research at a Federally Qualified Health Center, and contributing to Brown Interviews. Most recently she spoke at TEDxBrownU 2022 conference and she graduated from Zoom U’ (University of Michigan) as a first-generation college student in the summer of 2021 with a B.S. in Sociology. Her 3 years as a research assistant studying cardiovascular disease culminated in an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History on Michigan’s campus. She used this opportunity to highlight how policy and funding decisions can impact disease at the molecular level. During her time at Michigan, Soneida co-led an engineer design team that is working to improve menstrual health for women in the Peruvian Amazon with plant-based hygiene products. As co-president of the Michigan Refugee Assistance Program (MRAP), she helped build a network of advocates and volunteers who empower forcibly displaced people resettled in Southeast Michigan and abroad. At Michigan, she remained at the forefront of campus organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic which increased access to PPE, testing, and administrative support for students and staff.

Fun Facts:

In past lives, I’ve served as a grocery market cashier, horse farmhand, and camp counselor. In the future, I aim to become an M.D.-J.D.-Professor triple threat who trains the next generation of legal and healthcare professionals how to prevent health crises like the one we are living through now.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Maria Ressa– Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and Journalist.

Amelia Spalter

Amelia Spalter graduated from Brown University with a BA in Religious Studies in 2021 and remained at Brown to pursue an MA in the same field. She was elected the student speaker for Brown’s 2022 Master’s commencement ceremony. She is the founder and Editor in Chief of Brown University Interviews. A brief selection of her previous interviews include media personality Norman Lear, attorney Alan Dershowitz, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, and former FBI Director James Comey. Before enrolling at Brown University, her formal education was stewarded primarily by television. As such, she now plans to pay it forward by pursuing a career in television writing. Spalter is also Director Emerita of The Brown Political Review Interviews Board. When not interviewing, she serves as the founding President of the Brown University Screenwriting Collective, the Ivy League’s largest pre-professional screenwriting organization. Her other publications include business school application essays and an occasional letter of demand or manifesto.

Fun Facts:

I can punch through over six inches of solid wood.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Gabriel Iglesias. He is a comedian who touches millions every day by being cutting edge without being “edgy.”

Jimmy Symonds

Jimmy Symonds, Brown class of ‘24, grew up in New York City. He studies economics and classics. He enjoys cooking, guitar, travel, and trains. He has a black Great Dane named Buzz whom he loves tremendously.

Fun Facts:

I’m an amateur barbecue pit master.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

John Mayer.

Will Haven

Hi! My name is Will and I’m from New York City. My life philosophy could probably be boiled down to something like, “if life is going to be absurd, then you might as well try to be even absurder.” Either that or, possibly, try as many different foods as possible during the time you have on earth. It has been a weird path for me– I’ve worked as a dishwasher, a ski instructor, a mead mixologist, and now finally as an interviewer. But I’ve always loved reading and watching interviews and am very honored and happy to be part of this club.

Fun Facts:

There are more ants in the world than there are atoms in the observable universe.

Who is Your Dream Interviewee?

Larry David.