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Trump’s Immigration Order Could Affect Thousands Of College Students

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FiveThirtyEight: When President Trump signed an executive order Friday temporarily preventing citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., a group of nonimmigrants was swept up in the ensuing chaos over who the ban would apply to: college students. Two undergraduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where spring semester classes don’t begin until next week, are among those who have …

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How Trump’s Executive Order Could Affect College Students

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The Atlantic: In the aftermath of the Trump administration’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries to the United States, universities and scholars across the country are grappling with what the restrictions mean for their students—and for scholarship more broadly. Fatemeh Keshavarz is the director of both the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the …

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How universities are responding to Trump’s travel ban

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USA TODAY College: Chaos erupted at airports and in cities across the country this weekend after President Trump signed a controversial executive order Friday barring refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. A federal judge issued a ruling late Saturday to temporarily allow people who landed in U.S. or those who are in transit and hold a valid visa to remain. But …

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Geography Made America Great. Has Globalization Undone Its Influence?

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NY Times: Just over half of America, having voted for Hillary Clinton, awoke the next morning to a country that seems not only unfamiliar but upside-down. Populists embrace a celebrity billionaire, evangelicals welcome a foul-mouthed Lothario, conservatives accept an opportunist whose only ideological commitment is to himself. The Republican establishment proves helpless against the hijacking of the party, the mainstream …

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Brilliant! Pristine! Countries Sling Epic Tourism Slogans!

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The New York Times: Any advertising campaign needs a good slogan, and if the client is a national tourism board, the trick is to encapsulate a country’s wonders and charms in just a few words. Some manage it better than others. The English-language tourism slogans of more than 150 countries have been compiled by FamilyBreakFinder, a travel website, and the approaches …

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2016: The Year the Placemaking Movement Went Global

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Project for Public Spaces: The placemaking movement in 2016 continued its trajectory from a once quiet movement to a global platform to reinvent the way we shape our cities and communities. Bubbling up from every corner of the world and every sector, discipline, and cause, the placemaking movement demonstrated its capacity to provide the common ground between disparate partners necessary to implement the recently …

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The Importance of Placemaking and Unlocking Community Capital

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Sononews.com: In Europe and North America, millions of citizens are moving back to cities and denser urban areas. These interconnected networks have served as hubs of innovation for centuries, providing our societies with the best opportunities to succeed, leading to the creation of the world’s most innovative products, companies, and people. With the rapid growth and production of the automobile …

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Urbanization and the urban sprawl are threatening to make small towns even smaller—and tourists’ nostalgia may be their savior

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Quartz: The streets of Woodstock, Vermont felt like a movie set when I stepped out of my car. It looked as if any minute someone would shout “action!” and actors would appear in the windows of the ornate brick buildings to sing a jubilant theme song. It was lunchtime in July. People were popping in and out of F.H. Gillingham & Sons …

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NY Times: 20 places to travel in your 20s

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New York Times: There’s no better way to change your perception of the world — and maybe yourself — than travel. You’ll experience different cultures, meet new friends and make lifelong memories. But traveling in your 20s poses challenges: You might have financial constraints, limited time off from work and concerns about safety. So think of this selection of 20 …

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Book review: Mark Twain’s adventures abroad get fascinating treatment

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Book Review: Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour by Richard Zacks. Ever enthusiastic about making “promising” investments — in state-of-the-art printing processes, his own publishing company, a designing machine for cloth and carpets, and a dietary supplement — Mark Twain found himself, in 1895, hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. He was 60 …