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  1. Disgraced at Berkeley Rep: A Dramatic Triumph, Confronting Issues That Our Times Can't AvoidRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 16 | The Huffington Post

    A toast among friends: from left, Bernard White as Amir, Nisi Sturgis as Emily, Zakiya Young as Jory and J. Anthony Crane as Isaac Could any work of dramatic art be more timely, more provocative, more ripe for debate right now than Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, which is receiving a sterling production at Berkeley Rep? That would be hard to imagine. Coming against the backdrop of the terrorist trauma in Paris last Friday, which took place just hours before the play's official opening, the drama raises issues and puzzles that no thinking person can ignore.


  2. The Politics of Empathy and Grief: Comparing Loss in Paris and the Middle East/AfricaRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 16 | The Huffington Post

    By now, it should come as no surprise that a terrorist attack occurred in Paris this past friday; several hundred people were killed and many more were wounded in coordinated efforts across the City of Light through bombings and shootings; the attacks were claimed to have been planned and conducted by members of ISIS. During and following the attacks, the world stopped and noticed; while the Eiffel Tower stood dark, countless memorials and landmarks across the world were washed in the color of the Tricolore; one example of the this memorial was the lighting of the White House in Washington DC and here the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago.


  3. What If, What Then, What Next?: The PHSC-olograms of Ellen Sandor and (art)nRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 9 | The Huffington Post

    Disruptive technologies love to take over, but what if we could disrupt the disruptive, before it disrupts us? What if we could get ahead of the raw commercialism that tends to co-opt new technologies, as in video games of smash-squash-crash-kill violent special effects. What if, instead, we could co-opt that trend toward degradation and create alternative content that turns the wheel the other way, for example, more toward peace? Idealistic and utopian perhaps, but these questions seem to be at the heart of the extraordinary work of pioneering media artist Ellen Sandor and n -- truly art to the nth power.


  4. Polish Heritage Month Reveals Significant Under-reported Stories From World War IIRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Growing up in Chicago in the 1970s, I was aware that my parents were Polish immigrants. My father, William Krzos, was an engineer at GTE--I was intrigued by his vague remarks about being in a German labor camp.


  5. History repeating: Chicago aldermen who opposed food trucks now seek...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2015 | Switched

    Less than a day after Chicago lifted its ban on food carts on Sept. 24, city aldermen with a history of limiting the city's food options made moves to restrict vendors' ability to operate in lucrative locations.


  6. Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: The Power of Urban ParksRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    At any given point, cities along the Great Lakes are making investments in the waterways along the basin that more than 40 million people call home. Previously, we've discussed how recreation brings a sense of community to the region, and how cooperation in national and international policy making impacts the health of the Great Lakes.


  7. 5 Budget-Friendly Fall Travel DestinationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 21, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Schools are back in session and the summer vacation season is finally coming to an end. If you are fortunate enough to have vacation time in the fall, you are likely to find lesser crowds and attractions that are willing to make concessions to fill in the gaps.


  8. Expo Chicago Surpasses ItselfRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Expo Chicago 2015 at Navy Pier opens today, Thursday, September 17th, with a private reception--and to the public on Friday. It's really quite excellent.


  9. Underneath the Tracks: A Journey on Chicago's L TrainRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 14, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    I sat on a Chicago L cart feeling sad as the sun shined in from the windows on a hot August summer day after a visit to my mother's house near the Kedzie-Homan Blue line stop. On the train, I sat near two college aged males pre-gaming, sharing shots of dark brown substances, chatting verbosely with muffled speech I couldn't decipher.


  10. The Power of "Prophetic" GriefRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 11, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    " Prophetic grief is more than crying and sighing and weeping and mourning...Prophetic grief is planting gardens of healing in the midst of raindrops of blood. Prophetic grief is declaring to the world that love is stronger than hate, that God's grace is greater than our grief, that God's power is greater than our pain."


  11. Back to School: Not Just a Celebration for ParentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    I don't have tiny humans of my own, yet, and I probably won't have them for a while. What may surprise you parents out there, though, is that I get just as excited for back-to-school as they do.


  12. 10 Ideas for Last-Minute Labor Day GetawaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2015 | Switched

    As the long, lazy days of summer drift away, it's time to fit in one last vacation before hectic and demanding fall schedules take over, and the extended Labor Day weekend is the ideal time for that last hurrah. Thanks to's 2015 Travel Hacker Guide, which revealed this year's most popular destination for the holiday weekend, we've got ten great cities where you can celebrate the unofficial end of summer.


  13. Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: Rest, Relaxation and a Respect for RecreationRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 17, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Through all four seasons, the Great Lakes provides a vast array of recreational opportunities that connect more than 40 million people who live in its basin, and the countless others who flock to its shores from around the world. While public policy, a trillion dollar economy and critical conservation issues connect all who take pride in the Great Lakes, this month we take a look at how the five bodies of water foster fun, inspiration and relaxation through a host of recreational opportunities.


  14. U.S. Army Skydiver Dies From Injuries Suffered In Midair Collision At Chicago Air ShowRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 16, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    A U.S. Army skydiver who had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan died Sunday from injuries suffered in a midair collision with another jumper during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show, authorities said. Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood of Cincinnati, Ohio, who had recently turned 32, was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said Mario Johnson, a Cook County medical examiner's investigator.


  15. Long layover? More like mini vacationRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 14, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Long layovers can be a real drag, but they certainly don't need to ruin the trip . Venturing out of the airport can add leaps and bounds of enjoyment to your travels, and it's pretty easy to keep the cost down on your hiatus from the terminal.


  16. Fright Night, Tales of Halloween and the Art of Horrible People: An Interview With John SkippRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 25 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, Book of the Dead , laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature.


  17. 8 Tricked-Out Sundaes Around the U.S.Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 10, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    With this summer's smoldering temps, we'll take a simple hot fudge-drenched cup of soft-serve from Dairy Queen any chance we'll get. But it's far more satisfying digging a metal spoon into a real sundae as reward for wading through the oppressive humidity.


  18. Reviving Pre-Citizen SuffrageRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    "When a foreigner left his old life behind and traveled thousands of miles to start a new life in Wisconsin, that effort alone was more than adequate to demonstrate his loyalty and commitment to Wisconsin." This sentiment , expressed at Wisconsin's 1848 Constitutional Convention, once reflected the mainstream American attitude towards immigrants.


  19. Know Place Like Home: Manuevering Midlife Meltdowns Via Divine InterventionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    So, there I was minding my own business when, from nowhere--well, that's debatable--I received "a sign" from The Universe to write about my Polish family's odyssey surviving Joseph Stalin's mass deportation of approximately 1 million Poles during the 1940s. You know, light stuff.


  20. Things I've Learned About Sharks From Swimming With ThemRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago focused on spawning aggregations of Nassau grouper in the Bahamas. Dr. Kristine Stump swims alongside, and holds onto, a tiger shark during one of her research trips.


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