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Secularism: Surprisingly More Popular in Turkey than in U.S.

  Muslim protests in France over Islamic headscarf ban. Gallup poll findings in the U.S. show 44% say the Bible should not be a source of legislation. Likewise, 57% of Turks say the Koran should not be a source of law in Turkey. Moderation wins. Turkish respondents, 23% of them, felt that Sharia could play […]

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Spotlight on the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

“Primavera” is a spring series including two world premieres and dances from the treasury of the Company classics. Two solos will be premiered: “In Transit,” a sequel to “Window” performed behind a translucent cloth set by sculptor James Cobb with piano music by Mexican composer Luis Montes, and “Passages,” by guest choreographer Maxine Steinman to […]

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Eye on Haiti Photography Exhibit at Yale Club

New York, N.Y.  Over the spring of 2004, a CNN reporter wrote to her friends who happen to be world-class photographers: I am writing to you to ask you for your help in promoting aid for the orphans of Haiti.  You all well know the terrible conditions of life there, especially for the children.  The […]

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Park Avenue’s Nichibei Exchange – and Japanese Flute

James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi grand master. James plays the Japanese bamboo flute. Brilliantly. Haunting melodies crossed the conference table, like fog rolling down the mountainside and across the rice paddies of central Honshu. The flute came to Japan from China in the eighth century. Used originally by Zen Buddhist priests, the music creates a heightened […]

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U.S. Border Policy: How To Fix What’s Broken

How are we doing on sealing our long, long border with Mexico, all 1,952 miles of it? The Secure Fence Act of 2006 calls for 670 miles of new fencing, running along one-third of the border. As of last fall, 370 miles had been installed — at a cost of some $5 million per mile. […]

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Lesbian and Gay Musical Ambassadors Play Carnegie Hall

New York, N.Y. As Harvey Milk, a transplanted New Yorker, pulled the gay and lesbian community of San Francisco together in the mid-1970s, like-minded musicians there formed the world’s first gay and lesbian marching band. New Yorkers took notice and a sister band was born the next year in Manhattan. They marched down Fifth Avenue […]

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Remembering Cultural Icon Mary Hartman (1976)

Marietta, Ohio. “It’s just incredible. The Fernwood flasher, mass murders, chickens, goats”¦ and my floor has a yellow waxy build-up.”   To those of you who are new fans of Norman Lear’s soap opera, this quote makes perfect sense.   It is Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as she ponders a new turn of events in the mystical […]

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Franketienne: Haiti’s First Nobel Laureate – Hopefully

New York, N.Y.  As a cultural area studies graduate, seldom do I feel over my head culturally. Standing in the home of possibly the next Nobel Prize recipient for Literature in Port-au-Prince recently, I found myself way out of my league. One ambassador had cautioned me to “have an intellectual translate” for me. Luckily, when […]

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At the U.N.: ‘As a Young Global Leader; I am Servant of My People’

Filmmaker On Why Young Global Leadership is Critical Today 

Son of Immigrants Pursues American Dream as well as Education Equity

Chicago Furniture Bank Founder on Young Global Leadership

As World Continues to Divide, Young Global Leadership Critical

Young Global Leadership Needed to Combat Threat of Climate Change