Category: Arts & Culture

Women Influence Surfing Culture: More Camaraderie and Fun

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by Madison Salvati The WIP Summer Intern With the rise of women’s surfing in recent years, women no longer are shadowed by the male athletes who once dominated the waters. Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, Bethany Hamilton, and Maya Gabeira are

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Call Me Kuchu – Empowering Uganda’s LGBT Activists

by Alexandra Marie Daniels Arts & Culture Editor When I learned the principal character in the film Call Me Kuchu is the slain human rights activist David Kato, I felt a sense of relief. Stories come and go in the

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In India, Prime-Time Hindi Soap Operas as a Vehicle for Social Change

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by Bhakti Bapat Mathew -India- It is 8 o’clock at night. A family of six – a mother, father, three teenage daughters and a young son – are all avidly watching the same TV show. Surprising? Not in India, and

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On Feminism, Identity & Latinas in Arts and Literature: An Interview with Cristy C. Road

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by Andrea Dulanto -USA- In December 2012, Brooklyn-based artist and writer Cristy C. Road came back home to Miami to read at Sweat Records from her latest graphic novel, Spit and Passion. The autobiographical narrative centers on Road’s early adolescence

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Female Perspectives on Ending Sexual Violence: Breaking the Silence

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by Stephanie Koehler -USA- Stephanie Koehler is a journalist and photographer residing in California. She also is an advocate for the Rape Crisis Center. The vision of “Female Perspectives on Ending Sexual Violence” is to unite women all over the

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Medical Tourism: When Push Comes to Shove, My Embryonic Stem Cell Adventure Begins

by Amy B. Scher -USA- I am on a 21-hour flight, I am disabled, uncomfortable, and in pain. I hate crowds, I get anxious when I cannot escape from a small space, and I am not fond of germs. I

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How to Survive a Plague – A Model for Human Rights Social Activism.

by Alexandra Marie Daniels Arts, Culture & Media Editor Although it feels like it is a film from the 1990’s recently stumbled upon and re-discovered high up on a shelf in a dusty box, How to Survive a Plague directed

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Adopting Chinese Daughters: A Conversation on Somewhere Between

by Alexandra Marie Daniels Arts, Culture & Media Editor “I cried” is the first thing I say when I begin my phone conversation with Linda Goldstein Knowlton about her new film Somewhere Between. “If you don’t cry,” the director responds,

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In New Egypt, Women Fear the Return of Legal Female Genital Mutilation

by Manar Ammar -Egypt- “I was weeping and called on my mother for help, but the worst shock of all was when I looked around and found her standing by my side. It was her, yes. I could not be

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Meditating on our Global Interconnectedness: A Conversation with Samsara Filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson

by Alexandra Marie Daniels Arts, Culture & Media Editor The big picture is that we’ve all been invited here to this planet, life didn’t ask anybody to approve of the guest list. We are all connected. – Ron Fricke, Director,

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