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August 1, 2017

China had not yet become the Next Big Thing when Fuchsia Dunlop signed up for a year of graduate studies in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. Although a major metropolis with a population of eight million, at the time Chengdu was home to a mere handful of expatr...

April 18, 2017

Books can be a window, giving us insight into other places and other ways of life; they can also be a mirror, giving us insight into our own hearts. I picked up Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse expecting to learn about Afghanistan—and I did. I also discovered th...

March 14, 2017

I have a confession: I don’t like great literature. If a book won a Pulitzer or a Nobel Prize, I probably hated it. My reading tastes are unabashedly plebian. I like books that say exactly what they mean and don’t leave you with a feeling of hopelessness. 

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February 7, 2017

The heart of diversity and inclusion is accepting and recognizing the value of differences. It’s a challenging philosophy to live by. Studies have found that civic engagement declines as diversity increases. It is simply easier to associate with and get along with peop...

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