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Lisa De Bode
Lisa De Bode is a digital news producer covering gender and news at Al Jazeera America, based in New York City. She is the author of a work of narrative nonfiction on the impact of Sept. 11 on women's rights in Saudi Arabia, which was awarded the 2011 Dutch national youth foreign reporting prize Dick Scherpenzeel.

She lives by Prince V.F. Odoevsky:

Oh, I'm sick of these storytellers!
Rather than write something improving, pleasant,
something that makes you feel good, they just
dig up all the dirt from under the ground!...
They ought to be banned from writing!
I mean, what a disgrace: you're reading...
and you unwittingly fall into thought --
and then all sorts of rubbish gets into your head;
truly, I'd ban them from writing;
I really would simply ban them altogether.

Blog Entries by Lisa De Bode

Europe Faces New Political Reality at Harvard

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Africa has one. Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia have one. But until this weekend, Europe didn't have an annual conference at Harvard University during which leaders from the region discuss the political and business future of the continent in two days of debate, keynote speeches, and hallway gossip....

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Katniss Everdeen vs. Anna Karenina: A Catfight Long in the Making

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 3:23 PM

2012 has been a busy year for female heroines in books and movies alike. Katniss Everdeen and Anna Karenina, to name just two, won hearts worldwide.

For those unfamiliar with their stories, Ms. Everdeen saved her people from exploitation in a post-apocalyptic North-America, but Ms. Karenina...

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Sexual Assault in the West: The Next 'Not In My Backyard' Problem

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:36 PM

A white man with black sunglasses and a plastic bag in his left hand slowly walked up to me and said hello. I acknowledged his passing with a firm nod, cars racing by Memorial Drive on a sunny day in Cambridge two weeks ago. He dropped the bag and frantically...

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Beauty and Brains

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 6:12 PM

The 40-something woman wearing a pink shirt stared out from the back page of last month's New York Times with an intelligent sort of look. Fine lines encircled her mouth and strands of curly hair framed her face. She appeared to be standing in some sort of laboratory and the...

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