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Revisiting Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” as an Act of Social Change

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee is a book perhaps best read aloud. At the least, it’s a book the reader is advised to approach with respect, like being quiet as a thunderstorm approaches. The vivid power of this strange classic made this landmark piece of social documentary one of the most influential books of the twentieth …

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Dorothea Lange and the Making of “Migrant Mother”

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Recently, a community in Nipomo, CA came together to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Dorothea Lange’s now-iconic photograph known as Migrant Mother. In the 1930s, Lange was a photographer working for the Farm Securities Administration (FSA), one of the governmental agencies President Franklin Roosevelt helped to establish in order to address the country’s large-scale unemployment. Lange and her colleagues were charged …

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Talking Jane Jacobs and Urban Planning with Citizen Jane director

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Don’t call “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” a biopic. Matt Tyrnauer’s fleetly paced but exhaustive documentary, having its world premiere at the Hot Docs Cinema today, isn’t concerned with the life of the journalist, self-trained urban planner, and long-time Toronto resident so much as the life of the key idea she brought into the world: that cities like New …

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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 …

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The Lowdown on Studying Abroad

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Washington Square News: While most students flocked to the Washington Square campus to start the 2016-2017 year, some 1,500 undergraduate students opted to book a different flight by beginning the school year at study away locations. In addition to NYU’s three degree-granting campuses at New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, NYU also boasts 11 study away sites: Accra, Berlin, Buenos …

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Which are the most international universities in the U.S.? NYU ranks #1

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Are you considering studying abroad? For many students, it’s a comfort to know that while they’re miles away from home, at least they have a supportive community of fellow international students to rely on. Even popular university rankings such as Times Higher Education, U.S. News Education, and the Complete University Guide measure universities based on their international student body. The U.S. just happens to …

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Top Cities For Students, At Home And Abroad

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The U.S. offers so many great cities, it’s tempting to switch states without considering other countries. But don’t rule out studying abroad just yet! After all, international study is an unforgettable experience, and a great way to show prospective employers you’ve got the communication skills, adaptability and international experience they want. Below is a breakdown of how top US cities compare …

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Seldom-seen photos show what America looked like in the 1940s…in color

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Washington Post: The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was created in 1937 from an earlier agency named the Resettlement Administration, or RA. The RA had been created by a 1935 executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help struggling farmers and sharecroppers by providing loans, purchasing depleted farmland and resettling destitute families into government-designed communities. Roosevelt tapped a former Columbia University …

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The Forgotten History of Those Iconic National Parks Posters

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The Works Projects Administration (WPA), originally the Works Progress Administration, was the largest and most ambitious agency in FDR’s New Deal. The WPA appropriated 6.7 percent of the country’s GDP in 1935—$4.9 billion—to hire millions of unemployed people for public works projects. WPA workers constructed buildings. They built roads and bridges across the nation. The agency also became a patron …

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Founder of Gallatin Might Not Fit Well in a Gallatin Classroom

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Herbert London, founder of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, held a highly contested discussion on Tuesday during a meeting of The Review and Debate Series, as students weren’t keen on his views on foreign policy.  London founded Gallatin in 1972 as a program within NYU with the idea in mind that students should read 87 key texts from Western …

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Cities to Untangle Traffic Snarls, With Help From Alphabet Unit

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In a world where taxi rides are summoned with a button and where people have become reliant on mapping applications to get around town, a paradox has emerged: Technology companies know a lot more about a city’s traffic patterns than the city officials trying to solve the problem.On Thursday, the federal Department of Transportation announced a partnership with Sidewalk Labs, …

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Infographic: Here’s why living abroad makes you smarter

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Living abroad is usually pretty damn awesome so it’s not surprising then that so many people across the world choose to do so. Research shows that travel and more specifically living abroad make you smarter, the reasons for which are explained in the following infographic by Work the World. By the end of it, you’ll be convinced to make that big move.  Infographic: Here’s …