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‘Too much at stake’: Michael Franti discusses music’s role in increasing optimism and understanding

By Danielle Miller

But regardless of time, Franti’s work is almost always rooted where music and politics intersect, where the arts become activism, and where activism inspires action. Franti’s geographic coordinates are ever-changing as he travels the world with his guitar on a quest to spread optimism through music.
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‘Agents for change’: The intersection of Armenian feminism and Instagram

By Lillian Avedian

Translation note: The image above reads “My love shall break your patriarchy” in Armenian. While feminist strands of thought have always existed in the Armenian community, the stigmatization of feminism that I have witnessed within Armenian culture has barred feminist ideas from mainstream dialogue. As an Armenian woman growing up
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‘Bleeding is beautiful:’ Ariel Vegosen on queering ancient Jewish blood culture

By Layla Chamberlin

Vegosen framed conversation at this event with the modern interpretation of the Hebrew words “taharah” and “tumah.” These words, Vegosen explained, are commonly thought to translate to “pure” and “impure.” They are more often used to distinguish people who do and do not menstruate; nonmenstruators being pure and menstruators being impure.
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‘On the Outside’: UC Berkeley professor’s 7-year study on mass incarceration and prisoner rehabilitation

By Tianyi Ding

With two other colleagues, Harding gathered data from roughly 11,000 former state prisoners in Michigan who were released in 2003, 22 of whom they continuously followed up on for three years. They wanted to make readers aware of the various plights prisoners face in their process of rejoining society.
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