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Hopkins Hub: BUILDING A 'GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE'

Hopkins Hub: BUILDING A 'GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE'

The proposition next to the radiant, gold-painted shipping container is simple and inviting. "Portals" the sign reads. "Step inside and engage people around the world, live, as if in the same room."

From a sun-drenched quad on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, Portal visitors are transported—with the help of a floor-to-ceiling video screen and immersive audiovisual technology—to a location outside Erbil, Iraq, where four men sit inside another Portal.