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  • by Tony Cokes 6 years ago
    SEPTEMBER Week 1: 09/01/0000ArgentinaStudents Day 09/01/1981Central African RepublicA coup brought the Kolingba regime to power. 09/01/1980JordanHussein Supports Iraq In WarKing Hussein declared Jordanian support for Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War. 09/01...
  • by Tony Cokes 6 years ago
    Evil.30: “Significant Dates” is an edited calendar of global significant events that I downloaded from the website “Terrorism.com” on November 18, 2001. Subsequently, I edited material covering the first eleven days of September to become a part of...
  • by Sarah Grossman 6 years ago
    Yesterday I interviewed an analyst from the Buenos Aires offices of JPMorgan Chase bank. I was hungry for information about one of the hot areas of social entrepreneurship: Corporate Social Responsibility. The latter essentially refers to private...
  • by Evan Rolfe 6 years ago
    For the record, I love the New York Times.  It's a pretty good newspaper, so I'm surprised when they make errors like this: The deadline, if adopted by the European Parliament and Council of Ministers, the Parliament’s upper chamber, would...
  • Watch this video
    by Sarah Gibson 6 years ago
    Here's a soundfile you can listen to - I hope it helps to convey the last few weeks of my project in Georgia.   photo credit
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    Dear Mali, Thanks for sharing so much with me this summer. I had a great time learning Doun Doun, dance, and songs from you and can’t wait to share them with my friends in America.Dear Mali, Thanks for sharing so much with me this summer. I had a...
  • Watch this video
    by Keith Brown 6 years ago
    Google French film-maker Thomas Balmès these days, and it will be all about babies. Distributed in the United States by Focus Features, Balmès’ most recent documentary tracks four children on four different continents from birth to their first...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    OOOO OOOOOOOO! SURPRISE! I woke up this morning to Sophie banging on my door- its SELI! At first I was like, “but there was no moon!” but APPARENTLY the moon appeared on the outskirts of Bamako at 4am and Mali just threw it together! Djibi woke up...
  • group picture at the djoumanzana children's center
    by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    [see you later] Maybe its because I ate a hamburger last night or maybe its because I’m having “leaving Mali devastation”/”back at Brown excitement” anxiety but I woke up feeling not so great. It was really hard for me to focus and I just felt...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    After Doun Doun and Dance class this morning I spent the afternoon working with Sekou to learn and transcribe two more songs. The first was a Madan song called “Tungan Ma Dambe Don” which basically has the message, “Whatever you’re doing, do it and...
  • by Sarah Grossman 6 years ago
    I am in Buenos Aires for the next four months, theoretically in search of an answer to the following question: is social entrepreneurship all it’s cracked up to be? The idea behind the study arose from the desire to understand what exactly is the...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    When it rains in Mali, things don’t happen. Today it rained so class didn’t happen at the center. Luckily, we called Awa Togo to come over for the afternoon to work on round 2 of the “Lullaby” project. Awa is a REALLY talented young singer in...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    Today we spend the entire today shooting a music video! Now, I’ve never really filmed/produced/directed a hip hop music video but a) if you know me you know I’d jump at the chance to try and b) if you’ve seen the Malian version of vh1, you’d feel...
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    by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    [malian checkers] There aren’t official classes at the children’s center today but I went to hang out for the afternoon and it was really fun to hang out with the kids, especially now that I know them by name! I’m going to take this opportunity to...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    Doun Doun lessons have been going SO well! I’m having such a great time learning from Madou who is so skilled and APPARENTLY Nahawa Doumbia’s drummer! WHAT?? He’s very encouraging and a fantastic teacher too. I hadn’t really had a GREAT experience...
  • by Chris Lydon 6 years ago
    NEW DELHI -- Ashis Nandy has a big idea about "loss and recovery" in the history of colonialism. The bumpersticker version is that the conquerors and colonists lose in the end; the vanquished victims win. He is talking, of course, about England...
  • by Sarah Coghlan 6 years ago
    Who knew attempting to make a short documentary film in another language would be such a daunting task? I clearly underestimated how time-intensive translation would be! Dios mio. I surely need to step up my game and get to work, as they say! I...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    [some children are here today] This afternoon we held “auditions” for soloists for the second verse of “Sumaya.” I didn’t really want to hold auditions like this at first but I realized that this was another case where structure could provide a nice...
  • by Matthew Garza 6 years ago
    [poems] We were greeted at the Children’s Center today by a full class of students (the very same as yesterday- consistency! Yay!) eagerly and furiously writing down to finish their submissions for the “Poyi” (poetry) contest! It was really...
  • President Obama Speech
    by Ted Widmer 6 years ago
    President Obama's speech last night was supposed to be a victory lap, but it was a rather laborious one, searching for reasons to celebrate when they can be hard to find.  The end of combat operations is truly important, and all Americans...