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Rethinking Chinese and American Education

Over the seven months I spent in China, one of the most frequent questions people asked me was this: What’s the educational system like in the US? Often, the unspoken assumption behind this question was that whatever it was like, it must be better than China’s. This attitude seemed to...

Cocoa Na Chocolate: Music as Activism

There is no question that music is an invaluable part of the human experience. Regardless of age or background, we can all pinpoint a moment (or several moments) when a song has managed to awaken an emotion within us that’s hard to name but impossible to forget. The rise of...

Why You Need To Go To The RISD Museum

Over the summer of 2014, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum underwent numerous renovations and reorganizations, in order to improve upon its unique collection of pieces from an inspiring breadth of artists and genres. The collections Providence residents have grown to love still remain—such as the galleries for...

Amman, Jordan: The Taxi Driver Chronicles

BY ABBY LINN It’s interesting how quickly you can learn about a person just by being a passenger in the back seat of their taxi. During my five-month stay in Amman, Jordan last fall, the countless taxi rides that I took resonated with me more than many other features of...

The Future of Scotland: Surveying Scottish Youth

BY REBECCA FORMAN On September 18, 2014 approximately 55% of Scottish voters were ‘Delighted to be United,’ while the other 45% went home disappointed and without independence from the United Kingdom. Scottish youth played a tremendous role in the campaigning and voting process. The voting age was lowered to 16,...

Listening to Hong Kong

BY SIMONE KURIAL Since September 22nd, pro-democracy groups, mostly composed of students, have been protesting a decision by the Chinese government not to allow free elections of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive as is proposed in the Basic Law. Instead, Beijing’s interpretation of the Law entails a pre-selection of possible candidates...

The Dirndl, a.k.a. “That Oktoberfest Outfit”

BY JACQUELINE PHILLIPS ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARGARET BARRY Your first encounter with the dirndl may have been watching the Sound of Music or admiring a beer maid costume during Halloween, but there’s much more to a dirndl than what you can find in American costume shops. /// Although the dirndl is...

Bogota’s Paloquemao Market

BY MATTEO CAVELIER An age-old landmark, Bogota’s Paloquemao market does not take its historic place in Colombia’s capital lightly. Its battle to stay relevant alongside countless megastores and Bogota’s colossal wholesale marketplace, Corabastos, has been well-fought, and it still remains one of the most special food sites in the city....

Marina Abramović: What does it mean to re-perform art?

BY ALEKSANDRA LIFSHITS Marina Abramović is a Serbian performance artist known for testing the boundaries of performance art and human endurance. During her performances, she tends to endanger her body by inflicting pain on herself to feel spiritual transcendence, which she describes as a state bordering life and death. Her...