Located at Garland Hall on Decker Quad


About the Hopkins_Portal

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On June 14th, a Portal will arrive on Decker Quad, directly in front of Garland Hall. It will connect Johns Hopkins University with the global Portals network for conversations, collaborations, hack-a-thons, performances, and more. Please RSVP below. If full, know that walk-ins are also welcome. This Portal will be on the Johns Hopkins campus for several weeks, so please join our mailing list to stay up to date on Portal programming and movements.

The Hopkins_Portal has been brought to campus by The Agora Institute, a joint collaboration of Johns Hopkins and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which harnesses cutting-edge research to identify, design, and test new mechanisms for strengthening civic engagement and inclusive dialogue worldwide. The Institute draws its namesake from the ancient Athenian agora, a central space in the city that was a place of open conversation and debate for all citizens.

About Portals and JHU

Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room. Since launching, Portals have expanded to 35 sites around the world and have connected more than 150,000 people in conversation, collaboration, and play. Tens of thousands more have taken part in global classes, performances, concerts, and celebrations.

Portals are set up at diverse locations including museums, universities, technology hubs, refugee camps, and arts centers. They are staffed by Portal_Curators who form a trusted, global community of people who lead local outreach, provide live language interpretation, as well as program dialogues, classes, and events. Each Portal in the network connects to every other.

Johns Hopkins has been leading the world in incorporating Portals into education and research.

Currently, Portals have been deployed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) to connect students in Gaza City, Beirut, and Baltimore with one another to launch global public health hackathons. CBID offers these students the opportunity to work with the world’s best clinicians one-on-one and engage in disruptive innovation to improve patient care around the globe. 

Portals have also been deployed as part of a major research initiative led by Vesla Weaver, the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology at John Hopkins University, and Tracey Meares of Yale Law School. They have established Portals in highly-policed neighborhoods across the United States. Through these Portals, researchers have inspired peer-to-peer dialogues on the topic of police-community relations. These dialogues have been recorded, transcribed, and anonymized for analysis — effectively eliminating the role of the researchers in the data collection process thanks to the Portals technology. Weaver and Meares are in the process of publishing their first findings using this groundbreaking use of the Portals technology for sociological research — the first academic research of this kind. Learn more about the criminal justice study here.

Reserve time in the Hopkins_Portals

If no times are available, please visit us during open hours and we will get you inside. The Portal will be on campus for weeks to come, so please join our mailing list below and we will keep you up to date with its activations. The Portal is located at Garland Hall on Decker Quad.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
8:30am - 11:00am EST
Gaza Sky Geeks
Engage public health workers, students, and innovators collaborating with Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design on its global public health hackathons through Portals.

Erbil, Iraq
11:30am - 2:00pm
Harsham Camp for the Internally Displaced

How can the world provide education to the tens of millions of displaced people around the globe? Talk to students and educators in Erbil — most of whom fled Mosul nearly five years ago — about how to improve distance education. Also, explore how the international community can help rebuild Mosul's educational institutions.

Milwaukee, USA
2:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Amani Fatherhood Initiative

The Amani Community is within the zip code with the highest black male incarceration rate in America. It is also within one of the most segregated cities in America. Over the past two years, working with Johns Hopkins University's Vesla Weaver, Portals have spurred civic revitalization. Learn how from community leaders in Milwaukee who are sparking local efforts.