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  • Blog
    Mon, 22 Sep 2014
    ArticleOutside In: Gaining Perspective from the Air

    I've just boarded the plane that will take me from New York, where I currently live, to Italy, the place where I come from. This is probably the 20th plane I have taken in my life, so I go through my journey's routine quite naturally, as I would go through my daily routine if I were at home. I organize my stuff in the cabin and... more...

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    Fri, 19 Sep 2014
    ArticleGround Hero Program

    It was an echo of 9/11. On Sunday, along with veterans, civilians and first responders, I visited Ground Zero as part of the Military Resilience Project’s (MRP) “Ground Hero Program.” It was a privilege and a deeply powerful experience. This effort is an outgrowth of Intersections’ Veteran-Civilian Dialogues. Its... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 17 Sep 2014
    ArticleThe Politics of Scapegoating

    Is a religion responsible for the acts of all of its followers? Rabbi Reuven Firestone, an UPIC delegate and esteemed Jewish and Islamic scholar, shares his insights into how the recent events in the Middle East may ­­skew one's perceptions of another’s faith. Please continue reading to learn more: John Bennett, a... more...

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    Thu, 11 Sep 2014
    ArticleObama on ISIS—One Thing Is Clear

    Thoughtful people may disagree over President Obama’s approach to the crisis in Iraq and Syria prompted by the horrifically brutal behavior of ISIS. We can debate the question of the clear and present threat this group poses to the US homeland. On this tragic anniversary of 9/11,we can point out comparisons and contrasts to the... more...

  • Blog
    Wed, 10 Sep 2014
    ArticleGround Hero: the Transformative Power of...

    As I move into September, with its annual lament of the end of summer and anticipation of my boys moving on to another school year, I am mindful of our upcoming remembrances of September 11th. I find myself reflecting on my experience with trauma and recovery over the 13 years since the attacks. I am a civilian psychologist born,... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Sep 2014
    ArticleThe More You Know ...

    Liberating education consists of acts of cognition, not transferals of information. – Paulo Freire, educator and author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed I hear the 90’s are trendy again. It reminds me of the signature campaign of the 1990s called The More You Know, a series of Emmy Award-winning national public service... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Sep 2014
    ArticleAn Aspen State of Mind

    Imagine a world where your favorite journalists get to grill the Powers That Be on the world’s most pressing issues—and you get a front row seat. The Aspen Security Forum is fondly known to its constituents as a reunion of America’s greatest moderate minds. The ties and heels come off, the level of intellectual debate... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Sep 2014
    ArticleGetting Back to Insight

    After fifteen months of Insight Design Labs, collaborative discovery, and artistic exploration for our new production There’s Something About America (TSAA), the TE’A Company took a month off. Needless to say, we couldn’t really get away from the polarization of America. No one can. Not when political news reporting... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 25 Aug 2014
    ArticleRemembering Dara - The Prince of Tolerance

    South Asia, particularly the Sub-Continent region, is home to a stunning array of diverse groups, languages, and cultures. At times living in complete harmony, at others, as in recent times with mercurial levels of tolerance leading to escalating violence, unfortunately meted out to individual properties and lives. On a religious level,... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 25 Aug 2014
    ArticleAirdrop Now

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Last week the U.S. military began a series of humanitarian aid airdrops to tens of thousands of civilians who fled to the desolate Sinjar mountains from Islamic State (ISIS / ISIL) fighters... more...

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