Thanks to Shared_Studio and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD, you have the unique opportunity to connect with individuals in Tehran, Iran through an interactive portal. Two students will enter at a time (at 10:50am and 11:10am) and will have 20 minutes to converse with someone in Tehran. Your conversation will be private and it will not be recorded. Feel free to talk about whatever you want. Someone will let you in and come get you after 20 minutes. There is a prompt to start the discussion - "What would make today a good day for you?" which can be a helpful beginning to conversation, and opens up a sense of daily life.
The portal is located at the Theatre Courtyard at The Clarice.
More About Portals:
Portals are gold shipping containers that offer immersive audio-visual technology inside. When you enter one, you come face-to-face with someone in another container live, full-body, and the two of you converse as if in the same room.
Since the launch of Portals in December 2014, more than a two thousand people have carried on private, 20-minute conversations with strangers from the other country responding to the same prompt: “What would make today a good day for you?” People spoke about their hopes for their children, ailing relatives, dinner plans, pollution, dating, and much more. Participants came out weeping, giddy, and everything in between.