Feifer interviewed for Makeup: A Weapon of the Cold War?

Former Fellow and current Interim Executive Director Gregory Feifer (Russia, 2000-2002) was interviewed for an article published by Racked.com. The article underscores the difference in ideologies and values between the Soviet Union and the United States, and discusses the manner in which makeup was a part of the latter’s arsenal during the Cold

Book Chat with Suzy Hansen Highlights

ICWA had the very difficult task of whittling down over an hour long discussion to 5 minutes of highlights. Below are the highlights of an engaging evening about Suzy Hansen’s new book -which has already gotten rave reviews from The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Washington Post. “You cannot grow up in the second half of the 20th century

Hisham Matar Reviews Former Fellow Suzy Hansen’s Book

Hisham Matar gives a glowing review for The New York Times on Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World,  written by former Fellow Suzy Hansen. In his review, Matar references his own experiences in his comments on Hansen’s work. Click here for the full article.

Malia Politzer on Europe’s Migration Crisis

Former Fellow Malia Politzer (India and Spain, 2013-2015) wrote an article for World Affairs on net migration to the European continent. Politzer calls for a comprehensive approach to solving the issue while also referencing the manner in which smugglers are involved. Click here to read the full article.

Former Fellow Tyrone Turner’s photos of Costume Sale

Former Fellow Tyrone L. Turner (Brazil, 1998-2000) photographed an article with Ally Schweitzer for WAMU 88.5 about the Arena Stage Costume Sale. This is Arena Stage’s first costume sale in 10 years; costume director Joe Salasovich notes that some of the pieces for sale have been worn by famous celebrities. Click here to read the full article.

Empowering girls in schools

DUTSE, Nigeria — On a hot Saturday morning, I visited a government girls’ secondary school in this town on the outskirts of Abuja. There is not much to see except for the market and people selling food and goods along the unpaved, bumpy roads. I traveled there with Bella Ndubuisi, the founder of a leadership development program—Girl Lead Hub—that


MAJENE, Indonesia — Oyhe and Chycong were teased as kids because their family struggled financially. Times got especially tough after their father died during their first year of elementary school, but their mother forbade her seven children to work. She wanted them to have a childhood. Throughout their youth, the boys were also teased more frequently

Notes on a Foreign Country Discussed

An article by Hot Press reviews Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by former Fellow Suzy Hansen (Turkey, 2007-2009). In the article, The Whole Hog considers Hansen’s work and the manner in which her findings mean for the Irish. Click here to read the full article.

Into the wind: Lessons learned from two years sailing a changing coast

Two years ago, my boyfriend and I set sail in a four-decade-old boat, built around the time we were born, heading down a coast we had never seen. Few modern vessels have traversed the entire coastline, more than 5,000 miles from the Sea of Cortez through the Panama Canal and into the Caribbean. We sailed to learn more about coastal climate change than we could read in books or news reports—we wanted to hear the stories of local fishers and grandmothers, not rely on government or academic reports. In the end, we found a new story about climate change and resilience, grounded in local experiences. And we found evidence of climate change in everything from coffee beans to canal commerce.

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