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Windy City Happening: Jennifer Hudson and Turn It Up for Change (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 01.23.2015 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Hudson was thrilled to meet her impersonators and happily took selfies with attendees all the while enjoying the dance party that wrapped up the evening.

20 New Classics Every Child Should Own

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

In the interest of widening the spotlight of our adulates, allow me to submit 20 new pictures books which in 20 years time may find themselves as dog-eared and long-loved as those on Time's list of venerable selections.

Cook More this Year -- 28 Easy Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Lives

Merry Kuchle | Posted 01.06.2015 | Taste
Merry Kuchle

2015 is here and resolutions are flying right and left. Lose weight, save money, get fit. All are lofty yet understandable goals. Unfortunately, many won't last past the first half of January. Instead of joining the fray, why not make a goal that you can actually stick to? Decide to cook more for yourself at home in 2015.

9 Reasons to Learn a Language in 2015

Ryan McMunn | Posted 12.30.2014 | Education
Ryan McMunn

Here are nine reasons that your New Years Resolution should be to learn a foreign language, the first is that it's not as hard as you think.

The Top 10 FinTech Milestones of 2014 (Slideshow)

Brett King | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Brett King

Whether you believe the FinTech investments this year were $6Bn or whether you believe the bigger estimates of upwards of $18Bn, one thing is clear - FinTech is really hot right now. But it's only going to get hotter.

Holiday Travel Survival Tips

Hipmunk | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Hipmunk

From timing your ticket purchases right to alternative options when it comes to lodging, the experts at Hipmunk offer these tips to help you tackle this year's travel planning with a smart strategy.

Baby Steps at 2014 Lima COP20

Zachary A. Bennett | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Zachary A. Bennett

After finishing 34 hours late, some people left the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2014 (COP20), held in Lima, Peru, with conclusions and others with confusion and dismay.

Ten Strange Things Eaten in China

Ryan McMunn | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
Ryan McMunn

And here they are.

To My Unborn Son: Yale Black Men's Union Launch Powerful Photo Campaign

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Nicole Angela Tinson

The Yale Black Men's Union launched the To My Unborn Son campaign as an intimate conversation with the parents of Michael Brown Jr.

52 Hours in San Francisco With a Former Fashion Editor

Melissa Henderson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Style
Melissa Henderson

I spent a few days in San Francisco about a week ago, after getting word that fashion editor-turned-blogger turned So-Cal boutique owner Alicia Lund was hosting a unique pop-up shop and all her social media lovers, favorite bloggers, friends and family were invited.

Celebrating Light and Liberation, Sikh Style

Sonny Singh | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Sonny Singh

For Sikhs, the holiday is an occasion for a more politicized remembrance. On October 23, Sikhs celebrated Bandi Chhor Divas, or Prisoner Release Day.

Celebrity Photographer Blake Little On Tom Cruise And Other Career-Changing Shoots

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

Blake Little's work -- much like Blake Little the man -- doesn't need to make a lot of noise to be noticed. At their best, Little's portraits capture the precise moment the well-known subject is communicating a hushed inner message.

Our Favorite Ghost Stories

The New York Public Library | Posted 12.28.2014 | New York
The New York Public Library

There is nothing quite so fine as a tried and true ghost story -- one that sends shivers down the spine while you hide under the covers.

6 Tips for Taking Great Vacation Pictures

Travelzoo | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

Travelzoo's Director of Photography Stephen Aviano spends his days pouring over the beautiful images that grace our website and inspire our subscribers to set off for adventures unknown. When he's not at work, he's behind the camera. Follow Stephen's tips to take great vacation shots of your own.

A Quiet Place: The Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford

John Seed | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
John Seed

The newly opened Windhover Contemplative Center, a 4,000 square foot rammed-earth and wood structure which occupies the former site of a parking lot, wouldn't exist without a deeply held conviction of the late Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010): that quiet contemplation feeds and fuels the imagination.

Robert Risko: The World's Greatest Celebrity Illustrator Opens Up As Never Before

Richard Pérez-Feria | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Richard Pérez-Feria

It seems like there are more people to draw now than ever. There's an endless stream of people who want to claim icon status today and that's more difficult now because there are so many forums to be considered famous in.

Cultures Connect: A Bridge Of Art, Science and Wisdom At the 2014 Alianta Gala Awards

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Cosmin Gheorghe

© CosminGheorghe.net There was a time when going global meant simply sending a few people in different countries than your own. We are entering no...

Top 5 Haunted Hotels

Hipmunk | Posted 12.13.2014 | Travel
Hipmunk

If you'd prefer a "trick" rather than a "treat" this Halloween, consider a weekend getaway to a haunted hotel. A quick Google search will reveal that almost every region has one, so pack your bags and head to one nearby for a weekend of ghost hunting.

Jesuits Urge Humanitarian Protections for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Be Upheld

Christian Fuchs | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Fuchs

The Society of Jesus in the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continue to urge the government not to roll back humanitarian protections for refugees and asylum seekers simply because more people need it.

On the Road with Curtin

Austin Nelson | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Austin Nelson

One of my favorite things about being in a touring band is that in addition to getting to drive around the country playing music with good friends, I ...

Jesuit Refugee Service accompanies refugees in Ethiopia

Christian Fuchs | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

(Washington, D.C.) August 28, 2014 -- The UN refugee agency reported this month that Ethiopia is now the largest host country of refugees in Africa, s...

Birds of a Feather: Three New York "Swan Lakes"

Phil Chan | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

With the strong British influence throughout ABT's history -- it currently counts its Macmillan and Ashton repertory among its greatest strengths -- it is no surprise that ABT has focused on the narrative potential of the work.

Pitchfork Music Festival In Photos: The Best Of The Fest

Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.21.2014 | Entertainment
Joseph Erbentraut

Now in its ninth year, another Pitchfork Music Festival is now in the books and the unique Chicago fest has never been stronger.

From FIELD to Field, Putting What I Learned at Harvard Business School Into Practice

Minh Chau | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Minh Chau

As I dove deeper into the managerial and operational issues of working in Zambia, I found myself asking whether the problems were really as simple and clear as they appeared at first glance.

'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?