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Posters, Banners, Boarding Passes: Museums Try to Get a Head Start on... 0 R. Rini Larson By Alex Marshall — “The day after Ireland’s recent abortion referendum, Brenda Malone woke up early, walked to her car and took a stepladder and some wire cutters out of the trunk. Then she started climbing up lampposts and cutting down any campaign posters she could find. The first one had a picture of a fetus on it, with the words ‘Don’t repeal me.’ Ms. Malone may have looked like an activist claiming mementos of the referendum or a protester making a final act of defiance after Ireland’s vote to rescind the Constitution’s ban on abortion. But Ms. Malone had different reasons: She is a curator at the National Museum of Ireland who is working to preserve the posters. Since that day, Ms. Malone has put out a call for flags, banners and signs used in the campaign — she received her first item last week, and is in discussions for around 25 more. She also successfully asked  for airline boarding passes from women who flew back to Ireland for the vote. She asked friends via Facebook, too — but advised them not to climb any lampposts. Other Irish museums have made similar requests. The National Gallery said on Twitter it was interested in collecting 'anything with artistic intent and merit' tied to the referendum. Dublin City Council Library tweeted that it was looking for 'ephemera.' Those calls are just the latest examples of 'rapid response collecting,' a practice that is increasingly being adopted by museums in Europe and America. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The New York Times' website. Marshall, Alex. “Posters, Banners, Boarding Passes: Museums Try to Get a Head Start on History.” The New York Times (June 18, 2018). <https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/arts/design/rapid-response-collecting-ireland-berlin.html>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, June 22, 2018
This Map Shows the U.S. Really Has 11 Separate “Nations” 0 R. Rini Larson By Mark Abadi —  "The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity. Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations. Woodard mapped out the regions in his 2012 book "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America." Some of his regions might sound familiar, like the "Deep South"; others might surprise American readers, like his "Midlands" region that stretches from New Jersey to northeastern New Mexico. Recognizing the distinct values of each region is critical to understanding the United States, Woodard said. "The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately, including state roles and individual liberty," Woodard, a Maine native, told Business Insider in 2015. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Business Insider website. Abadi, Mark. "This Map Shows the U.S. Really Has 11 Separate “Nations” with Entirely Different Cultures." Business Insider (June 18, 2018). <https://amp.businessinsider.com/regional-differences-united-states-2018-1>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, June 22, 2018
Greg Sharrow Fund 0 R. Rini Larson In April, the folklore world lost Greg Sharrow: educator, documentarian, and longtime staff at the Vermont Folklife Center. "Above all else Greg was an educator," the VFC memoriam page states, "[who] developed and continually refined an innovative approach that put VFC's tools and skills into the hands of teachers and their students so that they could conduct rich research projects in their home communities." This project continues today as the Discovering Community Education Program. The Vermont Folklife Center has established a Greg Sharrow Fund in honor of Sharrow's work. Donations to that fund help to support the Discovering Community Education Program. If you are interested in giving, you may mail a check, payable to the Vermont Folklife Center: 88 Main St. Middlebury, VT 05753 Send it to the attention of John Barstow. Simply write "Greg Sharrow Fund" on the check's memo line, and your gift will go to the fund.    For more information, you may contact Mary Rizos, the education director: mrizos@vermontfolklifesociety.org. Please see the VFC's In Memoriam page for Greg Sharrow, or the VFC page about Greg’s legacy.
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, June 22, 2018
The Surprising History of Old-Timey Swahili Postcards 0 R. Rini Larson By Melody Schrieber — “The photos are mostly of women, decked in elaborate clothing and jewelry, wearing serious or playful or romantic expressions. Many of the images have been colorized — hand-painted to bring ruby lips, golden pendants, emerald chairs to life. These portraits were captured in photography studios throughout Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia from the 1890s to the 1920s. The images offer glimpses into the subjects' lives — and have an unusual history. Unbeknownst to the subjects, photographers often turned the negatives from private shoots into postcards for Westerners to sell or send back home as mementos from their East African trips. Now, these historic postcards are being viewed once more as part of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean showcases 160 objects from museums and private collections on four continents, displaying art and history from the region known as the Swahili coast in East Africa. The exhibition runs until September 3. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR.com. Schrieber, Melody. “The Surprising History of Old-Timey Swahili Postcards.” NPR (June 10, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/10/614361414/the-surprising-history-of-old-timey-swahili-postcards>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, June 22, 2018
Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu 0 R. Rini Larson Michael Lapointe — “Legend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant Tridacna clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow tribesmen in Palawan, a province of the Philippines, in May 1934. When the clam was pried open, and the meat scraped out, the local chief beheld something marvelous: a massive pearl, its sheen like satin. In its surface, the chief discerned the face of the Prophet Muhammad. He named it the Pearl of Allah. At 14 pounds, one ounce, it was the largest pearl ever discovered. A Filipino American, Wilburn Dowell Cobb, was visiting the island at the time and offered to buy the jewel. In a 1939 article that appeared in Natural History magazine, he recounted the chief’s refusal to sell: “A pearl with the image of Mohammed, the Prophet of Allah, is earned by devotion, by sacrifice, not bought with money.” But when the chief’s son fell ill with malaria, Cobb used atabrine, a modern medicine, to heal him. “You have earned your reward,” the chief proclaimed. “Here, my friend, claim this, your pearl.” In 1939, Cobb brought the pearl to New York City, and exhibited it at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, on Broadway. There, a new legend emerged, eclipsing the first. Upon seeing the pearl, Cobb said, an elderly Chinese gentleman “of highest culture and significant wealth” named Mr. Lee “burst into an hysteria of trembling and weeping.” This wasn’t the Pearl of Allah; this was the long-lost Pearl of Lao Tzu. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The Atlantic’s website. Lapointe, Michael. “Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu.” The Atlantic (June 2018). <https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-pearl-of-lao-tzu/559109/>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Increasingly Intricate Story of How the Americas Were Peopled 0 R. Rini Larson Ed Yong — “Tens of thousands of years ago, the places that have since been named Russia and Alaska were not separated by water, but connected by a continuous bridge of land. People walked across that land, heading eastward from Asia. For a time, their journey was blocked by two gigantic ice sheets that smothered most of what is now Canada. But once the ice started melting, those early pioneers—the ancestors of today’s Native Americans—spread southward. Sometime between 14,600 and 17,500 years ago, they split into two main lineages: a northern group and a southern one. The northern group gave rise to the Algonquian-, Na-Dené-, Salishan-, and Tsimshian-speaking peoples of Canada, and to the Ancient One—a famous 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Kennewick, Washington. The southern group included the ancestors of modern Central and South Americans, as well as Anzick-1—a 12,600 year old infant skeleton from the widespread Clovis culture. This narrative comes from archaeology, linguistics, and most recently, genetics. By studying and comparing the DNA of the Ancient One, Anzick-1, and two infants from Upward Sun River in Alaska, scientists have started to piece together the movements—and existence—of ancient peoples. “There have been a lot of interesting ancient DNA findings in the Americas, but always based on one or two genomes,” says Christiana “Freddi” Scheib, from the University of Tartu. “I wanted to see if we could fill out this picture by getting as many ancient genomes as we could.” Scheib and her colleagues ultimately analyzed DNA from the remains of 91 people, who lived in California’s Channel Islands and southwestern Ontario, between 200 and 4,800 years ago. And their study both confirms and complicates the existing story of how the Americas were peopled. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The Atlantic's website. Yong, Ed. “The Increasingly Intricate Story of How the Americas Were Peopled.” The Atlantic (May 31, 2018). <https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/05/the-increasingly-intricate-story-of-how-the-americas-were-peopled/561638/>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Island Folklorists Receive Prestigious Marius Barbeau Medal 0 R. Rini Larson “Georges Arsenault and John Cousins, two of Prince Edward Island’s most esteemed folklorists, will receive a special honour this week. They will be presented with the Marius Barbeau Medal by the Folklore Studies Association of Canada/L’Association canadienne d’ethnologie et de folklore. The medal is given in recognition of remarkable individual contributions to folklore and ethnology through teaching, research, and communication―activities in which both Arsenault and Cousins have excelled. Previous recipients of the Barbeau Medal with fieldwork links to P.E.I. include John Shaw and the late Edward ‘Sandy’ Ives. From May 25–27, the association will be holding its annual meeting at UPEI in collaboration with the Institute of Island Studies. This year’s theme, “Carried on the Waves: Contemporary Currents in Folklore and Ethnology / Porté par les Vagues: Courants Actuels d’Ethnologie et de Folklore,” inspires researchers to explore the flow of expression among various groups over time and place. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The Guardian’s website. “Island Folklorists Receive Prestigious Marius Barbeau Medal.” The Guardian (May 25, 2018). <http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/community/island-folklorists-receive-prestigious-marius-barbeau-medal-213078/#.WwivZv3jzEw.facebook>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, June 4, 2018
The Bizarre Lies Mothers Tell Their Kids: ‘Crying Makes Your Head Fall Off' 0 R. Rini Larson By Eric Grundhauser — “Being a mom is a tough job, in large part because you just can’t reason with small children. What you can do, however, is lie to them. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked readers to send us the most outlandish white lies their mothers ever told them. As it turns out, moms all over the world are telling some wonderfully inventive lies. We received over 500 responses, and as uniquely crazy as many of them were, there was also plenty of common ground. Many mothers still tell variations on the classics: if you make a funny face, it will stay that way; if you eat before you swim, you’ll get cramps (or die); moms have eyes in the backs of their heads, and so on. But then there were the more esoteric fibs, such as the dangers of dragonflies sewing your lips together, that playing in puddles will give you polio, or that a little man lives in your eyes and signals your mom when you aren’t telling the truth. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The Guardian’s website. Grundhauser, Eric. “The Bizarre Lies Mothers Tell Their Kids: ‘Crying Makes Your Head Fall Off.’” The Guardian (June 1, 2018). <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/01/bizzare-lies-moms-told-kids?>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, June 4, 2018
A Wolflike Creature Was Stalking Livestock in Montana 0 R. Rini Larson By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. —  "In Montana, it’s legal to shoot wolves that get perilously close to people or livestock, and that’s exactly what a rancher in Denton thought he did, putting a bullet into something with four legs and canine teeth that came within stalking distance of his herd. But when he summoned wildlife officials to investigate, something was off. The dead animal’s canine teeth were too short, the front paws were tiny for a wolf, and the claws on those paws were too long. The ears were too big as well, experts told The Washington Post, and the coat was wrong. This was no wolf. It was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, or member of the dog family, Montana wildlife officials concluded, but that’s about as far as animal experts got. 'We have no idea what this is,' Bruce Auchly, information manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. 'And we won’t know until we get the DNA tests back.' ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Washington Post website. Wootson, Cleve R., Jr. "A Wolflike Creature Was Stalking Livestock in Montana. Authorities Have No Idea What It Is." The Washington Post (May 25, 2018). <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2018/05/25/a-wolflike-creature-was-stalking-livestock-in-montana-authorities-have-no-idea-what-it-is/?utm_term=.5d0ace927d38>
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Anti-Racist Barbecuers Take Back Oakland’s Communal Backyard, Lake Merritt 0 R. Rini Larson By Jonathan Kauffman —  "By 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a meaty, righteous aroma wafted up from hundreds of grills set up around the northeastern shore of Lake Merritt. Oakland barbecue stalwart Everett & Jones was flipping yard-long racks of ribs to give away. Vendors of skateboard decks airbrushed with the greats of African American history set up next to political organizers calling out for registered voters. BBQ’n While Black was barely getting started. Three Sundays before, Kenzie Smith and Onsayo Abram had fired up their Weber on the same strip of lawn. They had set up the cooler, the folding table and a couple of folding chairs when a white woman approached the two African American men to complain that they were using a charcoal grill in a non-charcoal-grilling area. Then she called the police and stood there for two hours, sunglasses blocking out her gaze, face stern, cell phone glued to her ear. About 90 minutes into the one-woman standoff, Michelle Snider, Smith’s wife, took out her own phone and filmed herself attempting to talk to the woman. She was still filming when a police officer arrived and the confronter broke down sobbing, telling the officer that she was being harassed. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the San Francisco Chronicle website. Kauffman, Jonathan. "Anti-Racist Barbecuers Take Back Oakland’s Communal Backyard at Lake Merritt." San Francisco Chronicle (May 20, 2018). <https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Barbecuers-take-back-Oakland-s-communal-12929602.php>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, May 25, 2018
3D Scans Help Preserve History, But Who Should Own Them? 0 R. Rini Larson By Laura Rydell —    "War, natural disasters and climate change are destroying some of the world's most precious cultural sites. Google is trying to help preserve these archaeological wonders by allowing users access to 3D images of these treasures through its site.   But the project is raising questions about Google's motivations and about who should own the digital copyrights. Some critics call it a form of "digital colonialism."   When it comes to archaeological treasures, the losses have been mounting. ISIS blew up parts of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and an earthquake hit Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar, damaging dozens of temples, in 2016. In the past, all archaeologists and historians had for restoration and research were photos, drawings, remnants and intuition.   But that's changing. Before the earthquake at Bagan, many of the temples on the site were scanned. One of them, Ananda ok Kyaung, stands out for Chance Coughenour, a manager at Google Arts & Culture. "This is a temple that has incredible murals, floor to ceiling across the inter-passageways and the inter-chamber of the temple," he says.   ..."   To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR.com.   Rydell, Laura. "3D Scans Help Preserve History, But Who Should Own Them?" NPR (May 21, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2018/05/21/609084578/3d-scans-help-preserve-history-but-who-should-own-them>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, May 25, 2018
Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels—And An Even Better Story Behind Them 0 R. Rini Larson By Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein —  "When my mother passed away in Sarasota, Fla., my sisters and I had 48 hours to pack up her condo and book it back to our hometown of Skokie, Ill., for her funeral. Embarking on a road trip together across six states, we could only fixate on one thing: Kaufman's bagels and trays for the shiva (the Jewish tradition of seven days of mourning after burial). When it came to our mother's shiva, my sisters and I held a long-standing promise to invest in the best bagels and trays at all cost. There was just one problem: It was Passover, when Jews celebrate the great Exodus out of Egypt. As we careened toward our own personal Promised Land, we worried that Kaufman's, a famous 50-year-old kosher-style deli and Skokie institution on Dempster Street, would be closed for the holiday. After much begging and pleading over the phone, Kaufman's came through with its grand fish and deli meat trays featuring the finest Nova lox, thinly sliced corned beef, tuna salad, gefilte fish, chive cream cheese, herring, sturgeon, sable, egg salad, chopped liver, black olives and salty pickles. But according to Jewish law, Jews are not allowed to eat bread over Passover in honor of those who fled Egypt before their bread could rise, so Kaufman's put the kibosh on bagels, much to our dismay. As grieving daughters, the need for bagels as a comfort food at our mom's shiva trumped any sort of allegiance to the Jewish laws of Passover. Suddenly, we had a bagel crisis on our hands. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR.com. Lichtenstein, Amanda Leigh. "Skokie, Ill., Has Great Bagels—And An Even Better Story Behind Them." NPR.com (May 16, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/05/16/610244617/skokie-ill-has-great-bagels-and-an-even-better-story-behind-them>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, May 18, 2018
Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print 0 R. Rini Larson By Casey N. Cep —  "Captain William Foster left Mobile in secret and returned the same way. On July 8, 1860, he dropped anchor in the waters off the coast of Mississippi, hid his cargo below deck, slipped ashore, and travelled overland to fetch a tugboat from Alabama. By then, Foster and his ship had survived a hurricane, a mutiny, an ambush, and a transatlantic journey, but late that Sunday night, after the tug carried him up the Mobile River to Twelve Mile Island, the Captain emptied his hold, dismissed his crew, and set fire to his ship. The Clotilda, Foster would forever after complain, was worth more than his share of what it had smuggled. Although the international slave trade had been outlawed in America more than half a century earlier, Foster and three co-conspirators, a trio of brothers by the name of Meaher, had purchased a hundred and twenty-five men, women, and children, from Benin and Nigeria, to traffic them into the United States. The plan had been hatched a year before, when one of the Meahers got into an argument: a New Yorker insisted that slaves could no longer be transported across the Atlantic, a Louisiana planter wagered a hundred dollars that it could be done, and Timothy Meaher bet a thousand that he could be the one to do it. The market for slaves had grown tremendously in the previous five decades. Absent imports, slavers relied on reproduction and relocation for their supply, and, as labor-intensive agriculture shifted to the Deep South, more than a million enslaved people were forced there by ship, rail, and sometimes by foot, in coffles. By the middle of the nineteenth century, domestic slave prices were so high that many planters had begun lobbying to reopen the global trade. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on The New Yorker's website. Cep, Casey N. “Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print.” The New Yorker (May 7, 2018).<https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/14/zora-neale-hurstons-story-of-a-former-slave-finally-comes-to-print/amp>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, May 18, 2018
Folkloristics Spotlighted in World's Foremost Climbing Journal 0 R. Rini Larson Brad Rassler (Sustainable Play, Founder and Editor-in-Chief) has written the cover story for Alpinist Magazine, Issue 61 (Spring 2018) about mountaineering’s folkloric tradition as applied to one of the sport’s most colorful characters, the late Fred Beckey. Rassler quotes AFS members Lynne McNeill (Utah State University), and Spencer Green (Penn State Harrisburg) in this article, along with invoking the work of Alan Dundes.   To quote briefly from the article: "When he died last October, Fred Beckey, often referred to as the ‘indomitable,’ left behind an unprecedented legacy of first ascents across North America, as well as a legend shaped by decades of lore from all who encountered him in the mountains."   To purchase the issue online, visit: https://shop.holpublications.com/products/alpinist-magazine-issue-61. To purchase the app/digital edition, visit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alpinist-magazine/id566714955.  
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Every Culture Appropriates 0 R. Rini Larson  By David Frum — “Meet the Death Metal Cowboys of Botswana. In black leather decorated with metal studs, they play a pounding style of music that people who know more than me trace to the British band ‘Venom’ and its 1981 album Welcome to Hell. Question: Is this cultural appropriation? Why or why not? The question is inspired by a spasm of social-media cruelty that caught wide attention last week. A young woman in Utah bought a Chinese-style dress to wear to her high school formal. She posted some photographs of herself on her personal Instagram page—and suddenly found herself the target of virulent online abuse. For once, the story has a happy ending. Good sense and kindness prevailed, and instead of her prom being ruined, the young woman exited the dance buoyed by worldwide support and affirmation, most of all from within China. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The Atlantic’s website. Frum, David. “Every Culture Appropriates.” The Atlantic (May 8, 2018). <https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/559802/>  
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, May 12, 2018
On a Hill in Alabama, the Lynched Haunt Us 0 R. Rini Larson By Jamil Smith —  “Drive along Interstate 65 in central Alabama between Birmingham and Montgomery, you can't miss it. Some folks who call themselves the Sons of Confederate Veterans put up a massive Confederate flag, colors as bright as if it were brand new. The flag doesn't just remind you that you're in the Deep South. It makes you remember that ‘remember’ is a verb. We memorialize deliberately, and with particular goals in mind. In and around Montgomery, the former ‘cradle of the Confederacy,’ you are surrounded by signs of hatred and treason. One could regard the new Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, dedicated to the thousands of African American lynching victims since the Civil War, this same way, arguing that commemorating the victims of a heinous crime dregs up tensions and nothing else. The past is best left in the past, they say. (Some in Montgomery have already said as much.) But if that's the case, as Equal Justice Initiative and new memorial founder Bryan Stevenson remarked, why does Montgomery have 59 markers and monuments to the Confederacy within its city limits? ‘I think we've done a terrible job of talking about our history of racial inequality, and our silence about that history has left us vulnerable to a lot of the problems that we have today,’ Stevenson told me last week during the memorial's opening weekend. ‘And we're going to have to create a new America.’ …” To continue reading, visit the full article on Rolling Stone's website.  Smith, Jamil. “On a Hill in Alabama, the Lynched Haunt Us.” Rolling Stone (May 6, 2018). <https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/national-lynching-memorial-w519526>
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, May 12, 2018
At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms 0 R. Rini Larson By NPR — “From the sounds of blues guitarist and singer Lead Belly to recordings of Southwestern Woodhouse Toads, Smithsonian Folkways has been capturing the sounds of global history for the past 70 years. These recordings are among 60,000 treasured tracks the label has in its library — and it promises they'll never go out of print — from the labor songs of Woody Guthrie and children's songs of Ella Jenkins to New Orleans hot jazz, songs of the civil rights movement, the Honk Horn music of Ghana and so much more. The label was officially started on May Day 1948, so its current director and curator, Huib Schippers, joins us to look back and celebrate this National Treasure's rich history, starting with its founder Moses Asch. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR.com. Visit the Smithsonian's online exhibit "70 Years 70 Stories" on the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website.   “At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms.” NPR.com (May 1, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/05/01/607172246/at-70-smithsonian-folkways-is-an-antidote-to-music-algorithms>
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Did Armenia Just Dance Its Way to Revolution? 0 R. Rini Larson By Amie Ferris-Rotman —  “Ousting your prime minister can be seriously hard work. But it should be fun, too. That is the impression Armenia gave in recent weeks, where hundreds of thousands staged anti-government rallies, part of a bloodless revolution in the small country that managed to throw off -- at least, so far -- authoritarian rule. And when the people in the country of 3 million were not blocking highways, going on strike and waving the tricolor Armenian flag, they were engaged in an activity altogether unassociated with revolution: dancing. Since charismatic opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan began the protests in mid-April, the Armenian capital, Yerevan, has been engulfed in carnivalesque street parties, filled with mostly young people rebelling against what they saw as a corrupt, ruling elite. Their pro-democracy movement managed to force Serzh Sargsyan to step down as prime minister, after more than a decade in power. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on the Washington Post's website. Ferris-Rotman, Amie. “Did Armenia Just Dance Its Way to Revolution?” The Washington Post (May 3, 2018). <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/03/did-armenia-just-dance-its-way-to-revolution/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.997bb68cc643&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, May 11, 2018
Boko Haram Huntress 0 R. Rini Larson by Rosie Collyer — “Since the dawn of humanity, hunters have roamed the forests and savannahs of Africa. Fast forward to the 21st century, and there is no big game left in northeastern Nigeria. Artillery fire exchanged between Boko Haram fighters and the Nigerian military has scared the animals away. Now, hunters track and capture rebel fighters. Feared for their superior tracking skills and their belief in the supernatural, they help the military hunt down Boko Haram. With little or no money from the authorities, hunters rely on locally made weapons to fight a heavily armed enemy. Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden", has waged a 10-year armed campaign to create an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. The group has killed tens of thousands, displaced 2.3 million from their homes, and is ranked among the world's deadliest armed groups. Chief among the hunters is Aisha Bakari Gombi. She is the "Queen Hunter", a title given to her for bravery on the battlefield. Aisha and her band of hunters defend their communities. Boko Haram's camps are in the forests and mountains where Aisha went hunting with her father as a child. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Al Jazeera website. Collyer, Rosie. "Boko Haram Huntress." Al Jazeera (April 17, 2018). <https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/boko-haram-huntress-180410112841843.html>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Dynamic Duo Bill and Marcie Cohen Ferris to Retire 0 R. Rini Larson Kim Weaver Spurr —  "On a cold morning last fall, professors Bill Ferris and Marcie Cohen Ferris were sitting in the cozy kitchen of their downtown Chapel Hill home, reflecting on being recruited to Carolina in 2002. Mugs of coffee and plates of homemade blueberry bread helped to keep the conversation flowing, with periodic interruptions from dogs Roper and Albe, who were playing at their feet. The kitchen is often the spot for end-of-class gatherings. Note the directions given to students: 'We have two exuberant white labs who are over-the-top with energy and love. Be prepared for uncontrollable jumping and face-licking.' In 2001, Bill, an authority on Southern literature, folklore and blues music and an accomplished documentary photographer/filmmaker, had just finished a four-year stint as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, appointed by President Bill Clinton. Marcie, a scholar of food studies, Jewish studies and material culture, was wrapping up a Ph.D. in American studies at George Washington University. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Carolina Arts and Sciences website. Weaver Spurr, Kim. "Dynamic Duo." Carolina Arts and Sciences (March 19, 2018). <http://magazine.college.unc.edu/2018/03/dynamic-duo/>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, April 23, 2018

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