That gold-painted, metal shipping container parked on College Street the past couple of weeks is a cultural catapult.
As you swing open the heavy door at one end of the container, you’re in New Haven. But once you step inside, you’re whisked to another part of the world — a Syrian refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, for instance, or a university in Herat, Afghanistan.
A full compliment of audio, video, and Internet gear inside the Portal — that’s the official name — sends a head-to-toe image of visitors from one Portal location to another, instantly. The effect is that you’re standing face-to-face with someone, having a 20-minute conversation.