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September 18, 2017

Dispatch from Houston

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Downtown Houston. Post-Harvey. The George R. Brown Convention center has been repurposed as a mega-shelter housing several thousand evacuees. Here, each passing day brings seismic shifts in atmosphere, morale, and human fortitude. The constant? This...

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April 15, 2016

Commissioned for Involvement

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During their detention, comments were made to her mom by those in favor of Assad’s regime: “We told you so.” “Why would you let your girls participate in the protests?” “You could have expected this to happen.” But her mother, firmly believing in...

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January 9, 2016

The Heart of Urbana’15

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Despite having visited and revisited the Urbana website in the days leading up to our departure, despite having read Urbana prep materials, watched videos, and listened to testimonies, and despite having heard first-hand from friends who highly...

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December 18, 2015

What’s Christmas without Cookies?

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Christmas time is cookie time; our German heritage forbids that it be otherwise. There’s always Lebkuchen, Nussecken, Pfeffernüsse, and Stollen. But that’s not all; our lexicon of other multi-cultural cookies includes Macaroons, Mexican Wedding...

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