• Breaking the Dress Code
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    In November 2019, a San Francisco businessman spent $9,500 on a dress for his wife. Apart from its hefty price tag, you may be wondering why the fuss over a long-sleeved maxi dress with an iridescent cape? For one thing, the dress does not exist, not in real life at least; it is a 3D-rendered digital garment that is "worn" by superimposing it onto a photograph of its wearer.

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  • “Two in Four People are Jewish”
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    “Two in four people in Brooklyn are Jewish”; that is not a definite fact, but it’s a figure of speech my grandmother claims to be true. She repeats this phrase as a hope, as a reminder, as a prayer, as if in some way saying it makes it true.

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  • LGBTQ+ History Month: Reflection and Review
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    This month, October, is a national LGBTQ+ history month. This month is dedicated to reflecting and celebrating LGBTQ+ past. Celebrating LGBTQ+ history month that allows for the agony and disrcimination and trauma that the community has experienced.

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  • Us vs Them: Does Human Nature Divide or Unite?
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    Everywhere in the world, people exhibit certain common patterns of behavior. We dub these patterns inherently human, and we recognize them as the bond which ties us together. Even so, these patterns can often be divisive and work against human togetherness. Take the human tendency to be tribal for instance. We may think of tribalism […]

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  • The Culture of Music
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    When I was 7, in 2012, I bought the CD for Green Day’s Dookie. I saved up my 25 cent weekly allowance for months, and finally I was able to purchase the treasured music from Target, complete with a song packet and 12 inch poster. Besides my relatively odd taste in pop-punk music as a […]

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  • Let’s Talk about Earth Day
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    Consistently falling on April 22nd, the annual event has been celebrated since 1970, and with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) beginning operations a little over seven months afterward (12/02/1970), this first Earth Day may have been the beginning of modern environmentalism. Back in the ‘70s, Earth Day was meant to increase awareness for oil spills, […]

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  • An Art Historical Analysis: Cordoba vs. Angkor Wat
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    Constructed in 631 A.D. in southern Spain, the Great Mosque of Cordoba is an Islamic center for worship. Built in 1100 A.D. in Cambodia, the Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu. Upon first glance, the two buildings cannot be any more different: one is Islamic, the other is Hindu; one is in […]

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