a selection of recently published articles

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Scientific American: Creepy Swimmer's Itch Parasite in Lakes Can Scratch Summer Fun

FRANKFORT, MICHIGAN--Every morning for about eight weeks each summer, Leslie Ritter becomes bait. As head of the lifeguarding program at the Congregational Summer Assembly (a vacation community in northwest Michigan), Ritter wades into Crystal…
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Washington Post: For Visitors to Senegal, a Closer Look at the Salt Lake Harvest

LAC ROSE, SENEGAL-Not surprisingly, my tracksuit-wearing guide slid onto the back of his dromedary with great ease and aplomb, barely noticing that the camel let out a huff as he settled into the saddle, and lifted the rope that was attached…
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New York Times: For One Athens Arts Group, the City Is the Space

ATHENS — Spending a day with Elina Kountouri, the director of the nonprofit art organization NEON, provides an insider’s view of this city. “Through NEON I have revisited the city many times,” said Ms. Kountouri, referring to the…
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New York Times: She Was the Orchestra's Only Black Musician Until She Started Her Own

LONDON--For Chi-chi Nwanoku, coming up with the right name for her new minority orchestra was a stressful experience. Though Ms. Nwanoku had quickly formed a board of directors and had already selected most of her players — 62 musicians…
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New York Times: How Diverse Is African Art? A 54 Volume Encyclopaedia Will Try For an Answer

ACCRA, Ghana — Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, a Ghanaian writer, art historian and filmmaker, drove around trying to find a place for brunch one recent Monday. Many places were slow to open, and navigating in Accra is an exercise in calm, patience…
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NPR: Giving Power to Women in Ghana

HO, GHANA--Evelyn Sewodey, 25, used to sell fried yams in her village of Tanyigbe, a job that really wasn't going anywhere. Two years ago she heard about a new free program that taught electrical and solar energy skills to disadvantaged young…
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New York Times: Forget the Ball Dropping in Times Square, Go to Vienna

The New Year’s Day concert in the Golden Hall at the Musikverein in Vienna is as much a part of the holiday season as those rambunctious family gatherings and the kiss that follows the screaming countdown to the new year. The concert by…
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New York Times: Tehran's Ab-Anbar Gallery Links the Diaspora and Global Art

LONDON — Reza Aramesh had received offers before. Over the years the London-based artist, who was born in Iran, was approached by various Tehran galleries asking if he would like to have his works exhibited. But for a variety of reasons it…
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New York Times: The Plush Pleasure of Velvet

LONDON — ’Tis the season for wearing velvet — or so it would seem during a browse through the Notting Hill branch of the high-end boutique Matches. In the shoe section there was Saint Laurent (poppy-red strappy sandals), Malone Souliers…