a selection of recently published articles

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New York Times: Pretty Yende Unmasks a Promising Opera Career

LONDON — It turns out, the hay bales caused it. Sitting in a cafe a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House in London, the opera singer Pretty Yende of South Africa whipped out her smartphone to show an Instagram photo of herself…
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New York Times: Why Salzburg is a Must Visit for Classical Music Lovers

SALZBURG, Austria — It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around…
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Teen Vogue: Promoting Education Through the Kakenya Center for Excellence

ENOOSAEN, KENYA: When Kakenya Ntaiya was 12 years old, her best friend of the same age got married. Kakenya knew that she — like most of the girls in her community in southwestern Kenya — faced the same future. She was already engaged to…
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Scientific American: Creepy Swimmer's Itch Parasite in Lakes Can Scratch Summer Fun

FRANKFORT, MICHIGAN--Every morning for about eight weeks each summer, Leslie Ritter becomes bait. As head of the lifeguarding program at the Congregational Summer Assembly (a vacation community in northwest Michigan), Ritter wades into Crystal…
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Washington Post: For Visitors to Senegal, a Closer Look at the Salt Lake Harvest

LAC ROSE, SENEGAL-Not surprisingly, my tracksuit-wearing guide slid onto the back of his dromedary with great ease and aplomb, barely noticing that the camel let out a huff as he settled into the saddle, and lifted the rope that was attached…
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New York Times: For One Athens Arts Group, the City Is the Space

ATHENS — Spending a day with Elina Kountouri, the director of the nonprofit art organization NEON, provides an insider’s view of this city. “Through NEON I have revisited the city many times,” said Ms. Kountouri, referring to the…
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New York Times: She Was the Orchestra's Only Black Musician Until She Started Her Own

LONDON--For Chi-chi Nwanoku, coming up with the right name for her new minority orchestra was a stressful experience. Though Ms. Nwanoku had quickly formed a board of directors and had already selected most of her players — 62 musicians…
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New York Times: How Diverse Is African Art? A 54 Volume Encyclopaedia Will Try For an Answer

ACCRA, Ghana — Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, a Ghanaian writer, art historian and filmmaker, drove around trying to find a place for brunch one recent Monday. Many places were slow to open, and navigating in Accra is an exercise in calm, patience…
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NPR: Giving Power to Women in Ghana

HO, GHANA--Evelyn Sewodey, 25, used to sell fried yams in her village of Tanyigbe, a job that really wasn't going anywhere. Two years ago she heard about a new free program that taught electrical and solar energy skills to disadvantaged young…