Category Archives: Culture

What D.C. Graduate Students Can Learn About Costa Rica’s Happiness Culture

A close look at Costa Rica could give American students insight into leading happier lives. Montezuma Beach, Costa Rica (Credit: Renee Garcia) Costa Ricans are some of the happiest people in the world. They are the happiest country in Latin … Continue reading

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Small World Machines: Creating Shared Experiences Between India and Pakistan

By Jesselle Macatiag Coca-Cola’s homepage tagline reads, “Refreshing the world, one story at a time.” In March of 2013, the company refreshed the worlds of two nations divided over decades of conflict: India and Pakistan. Small World Machines was a … Continue reading

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‘Act of Killing’ Blurs Lines Between Fiction and Reality

By Stephanie Brown Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing opens on a row of dancers in long skirts emerging gracefully from the mouth of a large fish. The next scene shows the dancers and several men in robes standing in front of a … Continue reading

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Shaping Public Opinion

By Tim Allan The modern pace of the media in our society is faster than at any other point in human history. People face a constant influx of opinions, polls, and organizations fighting for influence.  It is a battle the group … Continue reading

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Love: A Criminal Cabaret

By:  Stephanie Brown If you followed the news this summer, you’re probably familiar with pictures like this: The image above is one of many disturbing images taken at Gay Pride rallies and protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg this year. … Continue reading

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