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25 Influential American Muslims

“Who speaks for American Muslims? The short answer is, no one. No individual or group can claim to speak for this country’s nearly 3.5 million Muslims, a diverse and dynamic population that’s expected to double by 2050. Instead we see spheres of influence that sometimes intersect and overlap. CNN spent a year interviewing more than […]

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Their Ancestors Were on Opposite Sides of a Lynching. Now, They’re Friends.

““The hanging.” For years, Karen Branan, a white woman from Georgia, kept at a safe distance the haunting words that her grandmother had spoken. Ms. Branan was an inquisitive journalist, but she refused to explore a hanging that her grandmother had said was one of her most unforgettable memories. She was afraid of what she […]

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NYC Hosts One of the Biggest US Tributes to Sikh Culture

“NEW YORK — New York is hosting one of the biggest tributes to Sikh culture in America — a parade down Madison Avenue capped by a sea of turbans. The Saturday afternoon gathering of thousands of ethnic Sikhs is officially called a “meditation celebration.” But it’s mostly a boisterous walk to live music, with participants […]

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Paul Ryan Forces Out House Priest

“US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan forced out the Jesuit priest who had served as House chaplain since 2011, in an apparent partisan squabble, a new report said Thursday.” Read the full story

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A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

“MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, a place for people who have been held accountable for their crimes and duly expressed remorse. Just a few yards up the street lies a different kind of rehabilitation center, for a country that has […]

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U.S. Must Resume DACA and Accept New Applications, Federal Judge Rules

“In the biggest setback yet for the Trump administration in its decision to end a program that protects undocumented young adults from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the government must resume accepting new applications.” Read the full story

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How This African-American Filmmaker Was Inspired By African Indians

“Feeling a connection to their struggles, Asha Stuart sought to shine a light on the resilient Siddi community. In this short by Asha Stuart, get a rare look inside the Siddi tribal villages and explore the cultural diversity of this forgotten community. The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around […]

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Howard Schultz Says Starbucks Manager Showed her own ‘Unconscious Bias’ — and Possibly ‘Racial Profiling’

“The white Starbucks manager who called 911 on two African American men last week is no longer with the company, with Starbucks’s executive chairman saying the manager likely acted on her own “unconscious bias” when she decided to involve the police.” Read the full story

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Silence No More: Candlelight Vigil Against Sexual Violence

Please come and join us, this Friday at 6:30pm at Earl Hall.

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Sam Goldberg, Hannah Bender Named Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Congratulations to Sam Goldberg and our Kraft Global Fellow, Hannah Bender! Read the full story

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