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On Midsummer And Shakespeare: 'O What Fools These Mortals Be'

Paul_Smith | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home

June 2016 brings us to the halfway moment, the middle, the mid, indeed a season of midsummer nights, 'looking before and after'. So it would seem apt that it is A Midsummer Night's Dream that, for so many of us, captures more than any other of his plays the width and wisdom of all that is Shakespeare.

We Need the Humanities As Much As Science to Solve the World's Problems

Paul_Smith | Posted 12.10.2014 | Home

Scientists and artists -- there are no two cultures. There's one human culture with myriad manifestations. Let's get it together, approach the world as one and see that world in a grain of sand once more.

Beautiful and Popular: English Premier League Football

Philip Barton | Posted 10.14.2013 | Home
Philip Barton

Nowadays, soccer is rapidly gaining in popularity over here. It is also big business. NBC recently paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the U.S. broadcasting rights to the Premiership for this season and the next two -- that's almost $220,000 per game.

Empowering Young Women Economically Through Fashion

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.17.2013 | Home

Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.

Democracy in Pakistan is a work in progress

Catriona Luke | Posted 06.05.2013 | Home
Catriona Luke

Which are the most important events that happened during your lifetime, a sample of young people between 18 and 29 in Pakistan was asked for the British Council aligned Next Generation report published on 2 April.

Cyber Monday? Meet #GivingTuesday

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.26.2013 | Home

Let's stop patronizing young people who form the growing majorities in so many countries of the world. And let's start helping them with their initiatives. Young professionals are not our hope for tomorrow. They are our need for today.

Cultural Diplomacy and Construction of Trust

Philip Seib | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Philip Seib

Nearly everyone likes cultural diplomacy in principle, but some remain skeptical about its value. It is seen by many as soft power at its softest, safe and fuzzy, with more aesthetic rewards than diplomatic ones.

The Independent Power of Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Philip Seib

Soft power is precious because it is built upon trust earned over time. But trust requires a willingness to listen. Real friendship cannot survive in a one-way street, but thrives on mutuality and exchange.

Thirsty in Tanzania: Africa's Infrastructure Challenge of Climate Change and Development

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Linda Constant

Tanzania's issue with fresh water access is an increasingly dangerous problem for the local population.

12 Plays in 9 Hours Spark Afghan Debate

Charity Tooze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charity Tooze

The Tricycle Theater's production, "The Great Game: Afghanistan", can only be called an epic play. During the three-part play audience members are ta...

WATCH: World War II-Era Propaganda Films Released

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

British propaganda films from half a century ago have made their way onto the Internet for the first time, and the kitschy clips are providing viewers...

Theatre of the Right Damn Now -- The Great Game: Afghanistan tours the US

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lauren Gunderson

I knew very few facts about the history of our almost 10 years running war partner. Until this play. This is not historical drama, it is dramatized history.

British Council Closes Culture Center In Iran, Local Staff 'Intimidated'

The Guardian | Julian Borger, Diplomatic Editor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The British Council has stopped work in Iran because of "intimidation and harassment" of its staff by the Iranian government, it will be announced tod...