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Haiti Through Dialogue and Dance

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Promoting a culture to an audience of both natives and foreigners simultaneously is a tricky challenge. Cambridge READS, however, seemed to stumble upon a solution: an interaction of two arts, in this case lively dancing paired with a talk by a best-selling author, Sue Wang reports for The Harvard Crimson.

The writer is Edwidge Danticat, whose latest book, “Claire of the Sea Light,” gives readers a poignant glimpse into the world of a young Haitian girl who disappears on her seventh birthday. Danticat’s reading followed an energetic performance of a trio of Haitian dances by the Jean Appolon Expressions dance company. Combining dance, music, and literature, the presentation on Haitian culture, hosted by Cambridge READS in Sanders Theatre on Wednesday night, drew a diverse crowd, from local Cambridge residents and Harvard students to an MIT linguistics professor and University President Drew G. Faust.

Both Danticat and Appolon immigrated from…

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Women’s Health: Are Pregnant Women’s Rights at Risk?

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By Helen Coster

 

If an expectant mother survives a suicide attempt but her fetus doesn’t, is it murder? That question is at the center of a controversial court case that could impact women nationwide.

BEI BEI SHUAI was 33 weeks pregnant in December 2010 when she learned that her boyfriend, Zhiliang Guan, had no interest in marrying her — and planned to return to his wife and two kids. Distraught, the then-34-year-old Chinese immigrant, who worked with Guan at a restaurant in Indianapolis, wrote a letter telling him that she was killing herself and taking the baby with her. She then swallowed rat poison, lay down in her apartment, and waited to die.

But Shuai’s dose wasn’t lethal enough to kill her, and hours later she drove to the home of a friend, who took her to the hospital. Doctors filled Shuai’s stomach with charcoal and vitamin K to…

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Explore Bermuda the way Lennon did

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Bermuda is about to get a huge boost in the iTunes store. John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes will launch as an app on November 5. The app follows Lennon’s trip to Bermuda and the music he recorded for his Double Fantasy album, Don Burgess reports for Bermuda’s Sun.

Lennon’s legion of fans will be able to listen to demos of Woman, (Just Like) Starting Over, Nobody Told Me, I’m Losing You and Dear Yoko among others.

There will be a few interactive elements as well such as sailing to Bermuda from the US and visiting a disco and other places he visited in Bermuda.

All the revenue from the sale of the app (price not available yet) will go towards WhyHunger’s Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign. Yoko Ono, Lennon’s wife, said in a press release: “I think the album app captures the sense of discovery and the artistic dialogue…

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Discovering Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

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This article by Kerry La appeared in The Costa Rican Times.

Costa Rica Travel News – Costa Rica is bordered by two oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The Pacific side has large resorts and draws more tourists, but the Caribbean is also appealing in it’s own way. Although Costa Rica is part of Central America’s mainland, it has a Caribbean island feel to it on this side. The sand is white and the water see-through. The lifestyle and culture are more laid back. If you want to experience this part of Costa Rica, there are several towns to pay a visit to.

Tortuguero is the land of turtles in the northeast corner of Costa Rica. Tortuguero National Park reaches the Nicaraguan border and is only accessible by boat or plane. The boat ride is quick and inexpensive, making this park the third most visited in the country…

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Anatomical sea turtle artwork helps to raise awareness of conservation

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This is the work of respected British artist Angela Palmer which is helping to raise awareness of sea turtle conservation in Bermuda, Sarah Lagan reports for Bermuda’s Sun.

The striking piece is an anatomically accurate image of Monty — a juvenile green turtle who was rescued last year. He was found in the water with a lung infection and rescued by the staff at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.

Palmer donated the piece to the Fairmont Southampton Resort at the request of BAMZ principal curator Ian Walker who had seen some her conservation-focused pieces online.

Her work involves taking details from CT or MRI scans, drawing them onto multiple glass sheets and presenting them on a slatted base to create a three-dimensional image.

You can then see the inner architecture of her subjects whether it be the human or animal form. It is hoped that the installation, located…

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View from a hotel inspired noted cubist

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Albert Gleizes was one of the early French cubists whose writings on the topic are prolific. In fact, he and Jean Metzinger wrote an extended volume on the theories of cubism, which is still in print today, as Tom Butterfield reports for Bermuda’s Sun.

Although not as well known as his contemporaries Picasso and Braque, his work was nonetheless prized by Peggy Guggenheim and his work was the centre of her magnificent collection in Venice, a museum today open to the public. Gleizes travelled to New York in 1917 after mustering out of the French Army and marrying Juliette Roche.

On reaching New York he found two of his artist colleagues, Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth were enjoying a sojourn to Bermuda so he and Juliette decided to follow them for a belated honeymoon. Thus, Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth became part of the ‘big conversation’ with Gleizes on…

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The Tobago Heritage Festival 2013

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Trinidad and Tobago is home to world-famous beaches such as well as the world-famous Carnival, but the dual-island nation also offers interesting choices in heritage tourism and a varied array of cultural events. [Also see previous posts Eco-Tourism in Tobago and its Underwater Carnival and The Tobago Culinary Festival 2013.] From goat races to the Emancipation Day Freedom Walk, the Tobago Heritage Festival offers activities for people of all ages, including food fairs, film screenings, theater productions, music concerts, public lectures, art exhibitions, contests, sports, games, parades, and more.

With more national holidays than almost any other country in the world highlighting the destination’s rich heritage, locals and visitors alike do not have to look very far a reason to celebrate. Colorful costumes, cultural festivities and culinary sensations are always found at island festivals, including the Tobago Heritage Festival, which began yesterday, running from July 12 through August 1…

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