Society and Culture News

Latin American Program in the News: "Police, Protestors Clash Morning of World Cup Opening; Security Remains Major Issue"

Jun 13, 2014
This article about the protests that have accompanied the opening of the 2014 World Cup includes a quote from Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson.
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Kennan Institute Launches Solzhenitsyn Initiative

Jun 09, 2014
The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute launched the Solzhenitsyn Initiative to translate major works by Nobel Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2007) for the first time into English. Titles to be translated include The Little Grain, Solzhenitsyn’s autobiography during his years living in the United States, and The Red Wheel, Solzhenitsyn’s partially-translated history of Russia during World War I and leading into the Bolshevik Revolution.

Exhibition of Original American Print and Photography Collections

May 05, 2014
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is pleased to announce an exhibition of its Original Print and Photography Collections will be displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Center from May 5 through August 15, 2014. The works will be presented on the fourth and fifth floors where they will be accessible to the public. The exhibition is generously being supported by Christie’s.
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Mexico’s Struggles With Violence: Is There an End in Sight?

Apr 16, 2014
In light of recent desperate measures taken by vigilantes and armed self-defense groups in rural Mexico, a new book, Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence, provides timely analysis of constructive responses from Mexican society to fight crime and violence. Here is what the authors had to say.

How Does the Media – and Public – Learn Environmental Science? Help Us Find Out

Apr 16, 2014
If people do not know scientists or understand how they work, it follows that they are unlikely to make informed choices on public policy issues or support basic scientific research to address vital issues like climate change and conservation, writes Wilson Center Scholar Louise Lief.

Will a Mouse Find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

Apr 15, 2014
The search for MH370 is proof that crowdsourcing will become a vital part of aid and rescue efforts in the future.
Detroit: Planning for a City of the Future

Detroit: Planning for a City of the Future

Feb 24, 2014
On Friday February 21, Detroit’s leaders filed in bankruptcy court the first official plan for moving the city to solvency. While judges were deliberating and lawyers were filing their motions, more than six dozen of the best urban minds joined together to think through the future of one of North America’s most troubled cities.

“Gej” (Gay) in Southeast Europe

Feb 19, 2014
“Southeastern European countries are positioned at one of the globe’s front lines of LGBTI organizing,” writes former Wilson Center research scholar Susan Pearce in her latest policy brief on LBGT rights “Gej” in Southeast Europe. According to Pearce, “There is an opportunity for this region’s activists and governments to assume unique leadership on these issues at this point in history.”

Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran vs the Sunni Gulf

Feb 18, 2014
Sectarian tensions have become a major part of political life in the Gulf Arab states, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Shiites in each state suffer varying degrees of religious discrimination and political marginalization. Tensions are typically portrayed as a spillover effect of sectarian strife elsewhere in the region or Iran’s deliberate incitement of local Shiite communities. But they are only part of the story.

Diversity by Design

Feb 07, 2014
Arlington, VA and Markham Ontario aren’t just ‘celebrating’ diversity, they’re using policy to plan it.

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