Empowerment Through Representation: Race and Ethnicity in Children’s Picturebooks

Written by Faye Dorcas Yung // The release of Pixar’s latest movie Coco at the turn of the year reignited the discussion on representation and cultural diversity in mainstream media. Its record-breaking box office results in Mexico are a good illustration of the attraction of relevance—seeing a life story one is familiar with on the big … Continue reading Empowerment Through Representation: Race and Ethnicity in Children’s Picturebooks

Theme Overview: Race & Ethnicity- Division, Representation, & Hope

Charlottesville. Ferguson. #BlackLivesMatter. “No ban, no wall.” These are just a few of the places and names and phrases that surface in our social media feeds and headlines, highlighting the deep divides that exist in the United States of America and the reality that this “American melting pot” is also a place charged with tension … Continue reading Theme Overview: Race & Ethnicity- Division, Representation, & Hope

Ritual & Risks in Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies

Written by Chris Keil //  I am seated with new friends and acquaintances in a small main room of a small home in Ethiopia. A wonderful mix of smells swirls around the group as we chat about family, professional projects, and world affairs. The fragrance of burning eucalyptus charcoal and incense permeates the space. Soon, … Continue reading Ritual & Risks in Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies

Beach Boys: How a Brit and a Group of Arawak Hunters Taught Me to See People as Human

Written by Johanna Depenthal // An observer on a moonlit spring night in 1964 on the coast of the South American country now known as Guyana might have been surprised to spy a tall, young British man moving silently and determinedly down remote Shell Beach.  Also patrolling the beach, though with a very different aim, … Continue reading Beach Boys: How a Brit and a Group of Arawak Hunters Taught Me to See People as Human