“Nightcrawler” and Ethical Photojournalism at the Capitol Riots

Featured Illustration: Reza Bassiri I still remember exactly what I was doing when the Trump-supporting domestic terrorists stormed America’s Capitol. I was watching the neo-noir psychological thriller Nightcrawler on a Zoom call with my friends and the third act of the film had just started. We were so engrossed in the film that we hadn’t…

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Things Teachers Need to Unlearn

Featured Illustration: Anna and Elena Balbusso What makes a great teacher? One will find several responses to this question. There is, however, one thing that no one tells you: if you don’t decide to do things differently, you’re going nowhere as a teacher. So, what exactly does it mean to unlearn something? ‘Unlearning’ is the…

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Unburdening From Intergenerational Trauma: A First-Gen Journey

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed First-generation immigrant household. South Asian. Eldest daughter. I am sure that some of you are more than familiar with the life that that entails. Many of us have grown up hearing how our parents’ and grandparents’ generation struggled to create a better life for us having moved halfway across the…

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Maryland and D.C. are 100% Part of “The South” but We Should Talk About It

Featured Image: ‘Baltimore, MD’, Mike Von It is recommended to read this article with a U.S. map. During a trip to New Orleans, I had the great opportunity to visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Ogden claims to have the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern Art, with artists from states such…

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Why Don’t We Take Women as Seriously as Men?

Featured Illustration: Zulfa Ishak For several weeks or so, I wasn’t sure how to begin writing this piece. This is very much a stream-of-consciousness essay where I will be attempting to tell a narrative that is quite difficult to swallow after 2020. But I believe in any case, a personal anecdote always does the trick,…

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Here’s to 2020

Featured Illustration: Mariah Parker As the last few hours of 2020 pass while loud music blasts in the background and all across the streets of Dhaka, I am still trying to wrap my head around this year slowly. Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack here. I stepped into adulthood this year, all while the world…

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The Death Of The GirlBoss

Featured Illustration: Kelly Caminero Feminism in the workplace is a touchy subject. We love to hear success stories of women who built up empires, became “self-made” millionaires, and have now devoted their lives to teaching other women how to follow in their footsteps. But for each one that makes it big, hundreds of thousands do…

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Defining Les Misérables in the 21st Century

Featured Illustration: Cristiano Gonçalo The first time that I heard of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was in a café.  The shop looked something out of an auteur’s Elysian: the splendid oranges, shaded by moody hues of blues, the bale-like arrangements of fluffy breads and pastries. It was this pseudo-Parisian place — the mahogany walls, lined…

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The Tragedy of John Brown in Pop Culture

Featured Illustration: Laura Lannes When I heard that Showtime was creating a show centered around John Brown, I cannot lie, I was very excited. John Brown is one of the most fascinating historical figures in American history, not just for what he did, but because of how Americans across generations have seen him, praised him,…

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