Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ITALY & BRAZIL: Interview with Professor Massimo Canevacci- Discussing the Bororo Culture and Tradition (Part One)

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The fascination with the Bororo culture may stem from British archaeologist and explorer Percy Fawcett, born in 1867 who went missing after a return expedition to Brazil. The Bororos were encountered during a search for Fawcett. Renowned French anthropologist, Claude Lévi-Strauss lived with the Bororo people for some time. Somewhat trailing a similar path of ethnographic research, Professor Canevacci discovers a new approach. His study could be a pathway to unleashing the key to the human spirit. [read]

Monday, October 13, 2014

Transnational Feminism: Uniting Women in Sisterhood.

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Feminism’s goal, plain and simply is to abolish sexism and to eliminate the patriarchal worldview. Naturally, it would seem straightforward enough- women and men, fighting for equality. Nowhere in the definition does it restrict feminism, limiting it to being solely beneficial to white women, and yet, feminism as it is understood in the United States is largely a white centered concept. [read]

Monday, October 6, 2014

No Nation Can Afford to Look the Other Way : Honor Construed!

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Honor paralyzes free will. Women and girls are beholden to honor to uphold their family’s tradition. They can never aspire to do anything more than what’s required by their customs and faith. These women and girls become lost and absent from development and creativity. Their contributions to humanity as geniuses, mathematicians, scientists and artists shall never be archived and listed. Hence, the world loses a segment of its innovators. [read]

Monday, September 29, 2014

Slideshow: Commemorating The Memory Of The Mirabal Sisters: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Mirabal sisters were a group of women freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to set the Dominican Republic free from a  brutal regime. The death of the Mirabal sisters had a great impact on the Dominican society, though it had not been officially acknowledged until the 1990s, when the country recognized Patria Mercede, Minerva Argentina and Antonia Maria Teresa as national martyrs, and incorporated them in history lessons. [read]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interview with Sol A. Flores: Founding Executive Director for La Casa Norte

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My grandparents agreed to be one of the very first Latino families that were recruited in the state of Illinois to be foster care parents. There was a lack of Latino foster care parents throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s in Illinois. There were times when Latino kids were being removed and they were placed in homes where they lost language or they lost cultural competency. This led to the Burgos Act in the state of Illinois. [read]