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Thursday, October 16th, 2014    Art
Alfred Stieglitz
Master Photographer and Mentor to Artists

Alfred Steiglitz led the photography fine art movement in the United States and became renowned internationally for his advocacy, as well as his photographs.

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014    Culture
Malala Wins Nobel Prize

The little girl who was shot point blank by the Taliban as she rode a bus home from school in Pakistan is now a sixteen-year-old Nobel Prize winner.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014    Art, Culture
JFK: On the Role of the Artist

For inspiration, there’s nothing quite like hearing John F. Kennedy. If you’re an artist, or simply appreciate art, listen to this 1963 SPEECH that JFK delivered at Amherst College, Massachusetts, honoring the poet Robert Frost.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014    Art, Culture
Enhanced Interrogation
The Aftermath

The Bush era calls for continuing reflection, not the least of which, about the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques implemented by the CIA to break down detainees during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The complex arguments for and against the program are clarified in this stirring 2009 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now five years old, this video is as fresh as ever.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013    Culture
Nelson Mandela
Father of South Africa

The entire country of South Africa seems to be united in mourning with the passing of their “father,” Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s life, decency and leadership skills recall what we’ve all heard about keeping the courage of our convictions. This was a person who encountered and withstood severe pressures along the way to become the towering figure we know him as today.

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013    Culture
Independence Day
Remembering Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

Independence Day invites reverence for our founders, as well as our freedoms. Somewhat under the radar is one poignant story concerning two of them: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They each signed the Declaration of Independence, were political friends turned political enemies, and both died the same year –on the same exact day, which happened to be July 4th.

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013    Art, Culture
Art of the Middle East
Another Side of the Story

We are so used to the socio-political matters of the Middle East, we seldom stop to wonder about its artists and creators. This must-see blog is refreshingly devoted to brilliant artists, curators and exhibitions from Abu Dhabi and Amman to Tehran and Zurich.

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013    Art, Culture
Malala of Pakistan
15-Year-Old Fights for Girls Education

The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom was awarded to 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, whose blog for the BBC earned her a bullet in the head from the Taliban in Pakistan. I found an amazing VIDEO of her story, and how her father’s school stood strong in the Swat Valley, while living under the terror of the Taliban.

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013    Culture
National Defense Authorization Act
What We Don't See is Already Hurting Us

For the last two years, in 2012 and 2013, The National Defense Authorization Act has included language that puts our constitutional rights at risk. The sections in question grant extraordinary latitude to the executive, who may choose at any time to undermine the rights of American citizens.

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Friday, October 26th, 2012    Art, Culture
Ghetto Celebrity (Contours Podcast)
A Revealing Memoir and Creative Struggle

If you love to hear new important voices, or you’ve ever endured the creative struggle, listen to this podcast. It will touch bone.

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