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Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

If This Is Political, We As a Nation Are Doomed

K.C. Wilder | Posted 10.02.2015 | Parents
K.C. Wilder

Think of anyone you love: your children, spouse, parents, friends. Picture the things you love about them, then picture them obliterated in a brutal split second. Because that is what we are agreeing to when we refuse to address our national epidemic of gun violence.

The True Meaning Of Patriotism

Bill Konigsberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Bill Konigsberg

To be a true patriot, we must love the clashes of culture, race, national origin, sexual orientation, class, politics, ideology, and religion. We must relish the fact that this country will never be united, because these clashes are in many cases unsolvable. I think the key may be to embrace the chaos.

This Is Likely Why John Boehner Is Resigning

Quora | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

While it would be an overstatement to say that the Republican Party has been in a civil war since Boehner became Speaker, there's definitely been a great deal of friction between "establishment" Republicans--legislators like Boehner who were holdovers from the Gingrich-led "Contract with America" era (or earlier), and those who have joined Congress more recently.

America's Trillion Dollar Houses of Cards

Barry Lando | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

Houses of cards--trillions of dollars worth of them, constructed by the U.S. and its allies over more than a decade at a huge cost in lives and treasure--are teetering across the greater Middle East.

Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

This week the Atlantic Magazine published "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?" by Graham Allison. I have a great deal of respect for Graham Allison and he lays out a series of compelling arguments. But I believe he will be proven wrong in this case.

What Pope Francis Says to Us "Lost Sheep"

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.

Next Wave of Migrants Will Be from Ukraine

Diane M. Francis | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

Without relief, Europe may end up with another deluge of asylum seekers, this time from Ukraine. Already, Russia's occupation of nine percent of Ukraine has displaced 1.4 million internally and continuing military incursions will result in the dislocation of millions more.

The Gulf States Should Do More for Syrian Refugees

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.

Watching Russia March into Syrian Quicksand

Philip Seib | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Philip Seib

The Russians apparently learned little from their miserable years in Afghanistan and now are heading for a debilitating exercise in futility that might distract them from their efforts to undermine NATO and destabilize parts of Eastern Europe.

What Putin Should Say at the United Nations

Stanley Weiss | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York for the first time since 2005. He is expected to talk about Russia's increased military activity in Syria and the role that Russia hopes to play in battling the Islamic State.

Leadership Makes a Difference On Climate -- Especially This Week

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.25.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

China President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis both made history this week with bold actions on climate change, showing the kind of leadership required to tackle this tough challenge.

Before and Beyond the Syrian Calamity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

What started as a civil war in Syria nearly five years ago has now evolved into an international crisis unmatched by any other since World War II. The global community now has a solemn obligation to end this humanitarian disaster, but it cannot do so unless all the powers affected by the conflict set aside their differences.

Where Can You Find Out All You Need to Know About the Presidential Candidates? Right Here

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.24.2015 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

Our democracy depends on an informed citizenry. But where you find out all you need to know about the different candidates?

Us vs Them--A Compassionate Look at Immigration

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Lisa Ancona-Roach

Whenever I hear people talk of keeping "them" out by building a wall or whatever method, I can't help but feel the sad irony of it. I really don't understand how folks can forget that truth about the history of the United States.

The Least-Visited States In America, And Why You Should Go To Each

Thrillist | Posted 09.28.2015 | Travel

Even the most travelled Americans have a few gaps in the "where I've been" map, especially when we're talking about missing states. It's a big country out there and clocking all 50 is a bucket list accomplishment. But which ones get passed over the most?

Stop Calling Kids "Child Prostitutes"

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

The term "child prostitutes" is dangerous and harmful because it conveys that trafficked and exploited children have choice and agency, and that they are criminals. But, in truth, these kids have been denied choice and agency.

The 25 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in North America

The Outbound Collective | Posted 09.21.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

When was the last time you explored a beautiful waterfall? Whether you have to hike for miles to see it or simply pull off on the side of the road, waterfalls never seem to disappoint. Check out our list of the 25 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in North America and start making your plans.

How Will Pope Francis Change America?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Morality, in the American political context, is almost universally thought of as consisting principally of the range of sexual issues. In contrast, morality, for Pope Francis, is much more encompassing. It includes the ways in which strangers are welcomed, the climate is repaired, and money, markets, and capital are put in proper perspective.

U.S., Russia Discuss Moscow's Military Buildup In Syria

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 09.18.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter called his Russian counterpart Friday, the first step in direct military talks proposed by Russi...

Adventure Travel Mexico (ATMEX) Highlights Outdoor Opportunities

Bryen Dunn | Posted 09.17.2015 | Travel
Bryen Dunn

For many, Mexico is seen as a beach destination, filled with all-inclusive resort properties. For others that are more adventurous, there's a whole world beyond these safe confines that's waiting to be discovered.

The New England States, Ranked By An Impartial Midwesterner

Thrillist | Posted 09.17.2015 | Travel

By: Nicole Rupersburg Credit: Shutterstock What do you think about when you hear the words "New England"? Lobster rolls? Funny accents? Baaahstin? ...

A Brief History of Education in the United States (Part 2)

Alan Singer | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Education is never either an independent force in American society or a principle agent for social change. It is a reflection of the basic debates talking place in the broader society.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Can We Keep the Empathy State of Mind Alive?

Alyssa Piperis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Alyssa Piperis

The 14th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. My social media newsfeeds are filled with less outward sensitivity and commemoration today than they w...