At their brightest moments, civilizations and mankind as individuals have looked to their past -- shared triumph, despair, and culture -- to inform their present and future. Many of our shared and oldest tales still ring the most true (albeit perhaps with odd dialects, or clothing, or mannerisms). For this reason, from the very earliest . . .
Russia is enormous, both geographically and in terms of population and economy. Russia is politically influential, both historically and currently. The Russian language has historically had a massive role in the classical literature of the Western world, and today makes up a massive part of the world wide web. Russia is complex, with a political . . .
The exercise of power, individual and collective rights, and responsibility for the future all converge in one field: politics. The political arena impacts every aspect of our lives, from private markets to the free press, from the quality of our water to the actions of our military. If you want to play a part in . . .
"The question of modernization is central to disturbances in the Middle East and in Africa. Everyone is after modernization, no matter where they come from. But you have to be careful about it, and more importantly, you have to have sense about it." - Youssou N'Dour The Middle East and Africa have been intertwined with . . .
Ancient Pagan Europe. Years when Christian monasteries existed isolated from the rest of the continent. Viking raids. Druids, English invaders, and some of the first castles in Europe. Origins of many modern forms of music and folk beliefs including tiny leprechauns. Above is a sampling of just why many have been so enamored of the . . .
A frequently quoted line in Shakespeare says that "all the world's a stage." If you're a performer, whether in dance, music or acting, the stage really is your whole world. Whether you were born to act, dance, or sing, you probably couldn't imagine living without the audience, the spotlight, and the magic of performing. Performers . . .
Philosophy is one of the most ancient arts and sciences that has -- historically -- centered around it's literal name: ‘philos' (love of), ‘sophia' (wisdom). In the ancient world, this love of wisdom was not separated into competing arts and sciences. Philosophy included natural sciences, ethics, religious discussion, the arts, and more. In the modern . . .
There are over 6,500 languages spoken in the world today. And while 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers each, each gives us clues to our collective past, access to customs and knowledge of the presence, and a unique lens through which to view the world. Even dealing with just the most popular . . .
"The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint." — Lytton Strachey Charm is subjective, right? Perhaps it's unfair to claim that one language sounds more beautiful than others, but it's difficult to argue against . . .