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Following in the Footsteps of His Ancestor at Harvard

Cambridge, MA. Sir Thomas Dudley (1576-1653) was the colonial magistrate who served several terms as governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of Jim Luce and is the ‘Dudley’ of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation. Sir Dudley was the chief founder of Newtowne, renamed Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he built the town’s […]

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From Bangkok to Bordeaux: Interior Design Book of Inson Dubois Wood

New York, N.Y.  In the 1960’s, Inson Wongsam, a budding artist from a large family in northern Thailand, decided to study in Paris. He set out on a Lambretta scooter, which he had won in a contest, on a months-long journey west.  In each country he visited — including India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey […]

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My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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Burns: U.S. Must Continue To Take In Refugees, End Anti-Moslem Rhetoric

Cambridge, MA.  In an recent interview entitled Professor Nicholas Burns Responds to the House Vote on Syrian Refugees, university professor, columnist, lecturer, and former American diplomat Nick Burns spoke to Doug Gavel at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his career in the State Department, Nick was United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs within the United […]

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AFS: World Peace Begins with High School Exchanges

New York, N.Y.  In World War I, there was a group of over 2,500 American men who did not join the U.S. Army.  U.S. volunteers who came to France in WWI did so starting with 1914, three years before their country entered the war and began a draft.  Many volunteered to staff ambulances with the […]

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Honoring Young Leaders and Humanitarians at U.N. Mission

New York, N.Y.  Fifteen years ago, I began a journey of unknown destination. Last week, we celebrated that journey — and the many people who have journeyed with us. Many destinations — Haiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cuba – have become apparent over the years, as has our focus on the arts, education and orphan […]

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Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Philanthropist Frank Perdue

Salisbury, MD.  I grew up with my family watching Frank Perdue on TV and eating his chicken once a week, the first corporate executive to market his own product. He was a warm man, but I did not really know him. Now, thanks to his widow, Mitzi Perdue, and her new book Tough Man, Tender Chicken, […]

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Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

New York, N.Y.  Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his hobby. Eventually he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, becoming our hometown’s construction supervisor. At his funeral in 2007, a professional looking woman approached me saying, “I believe you have […]

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