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Re-Dutchifying Paris

It seems like Dutch culture is slowly disappearing from Paris. The Institut Néerlandais (Dutch Institute), founded by Frits Lugt in 1957 and active until its closure in 2013, was a non-profit institution in Paris that promoted Dutch art and culture. Despite being one of the earliest cultural institutions of its kind, it relied completely on […]

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Roma: Thoughtful Artistry in 1970’s Mexico City

Before watching Roma, it is best to allow yourself to enter the artist’s realm and forget you’re watching a film at all. This is a moving art piece of another time, a biography of people overlooked, containing something different from the blockbuster special or usual Netflix Original. When you envision yourself viewing within the art […]

From Ben Is Back to Beautiful Boy, Why Are Films Sticking to a Singular Addiction Narrative?

Recently, various films examining the impact of drug addiction on family life have been disseminated. From Beautiful Boy to Ben is Back to Six Balloons, these films present important narratives from the perspective of the American opioid crisis – a vital and complex topic which is necessarily being explored in popular culture. However, the protagonists […]

Supporting YouTube’s Humanity in Pewdiepie versus T-Series

Though YouTube is primarily a video sharing website where content can be uploaded both by individuals and by media corporations, it has also been an important platform to share news, promote change, and engage in competitions. YouTube’s intellectual side has even contributed to the digital presence of humanities and academia through educational channels such as […]

Female Genital Mutilation: a Borderless Issue, and a Call for Compassion

Female genital mutilation is not an easy thing to read and discuss, and it shouldn’t be. FGM and other dangerous body modifications are practices the Western world often imagines happening elsewhere. They are seen as something of another land, another culture, another neighborhood – but that is not the reality. FGM happens in front of […]

“Day 35. America Held ‘Hostage’ in Border Wall Debate”

Here’s a list of things that should last 35 days- a summer vacation, a bad haircut, your last tinder fling, but probably not a government shutdown. That’s right, the United States Government has just completed its longest shutdown in history and the shadow of another one looms over the horizon due to President Donald Trump […]