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Poetic Responses to Photographic Images of Women in War

The poetry below represents the work of several first-year students enrolled in the introductory creative writing course at Illinois College. The students, Denpota Furugaki, Teresa Umoren, and Wilson Webel, were enriched by writing ekphrastic poetry about the photography in the online slide show, “Women Between...

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What We’re Reading & Watching During World Refugee Week

June 20th is World Refugee Day and in honor of this important moment we are celebrating for a week. This year, refugees and the global obligation to provide welcome has been the center of debates at dinner tables, community conversations, and in the media across...

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The Unjust Treatment of the LGBTQ Community

After the passing of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill in 2013, I became interested in the rights of members of the LGBTQ community and how they are – or are not – upheld. The bill initially condemned LGBTQ individuals to death, but Parliament changed the sentence to life...

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LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

When it comes to identifying one’s gender identity and sexual orientation, many individuals can face criticism and insensitive questions from people they know. The list of sexual identities and orientations is endless and can be a sensitive subject, and people are often unaware of the...

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The Exposure of Brutal Treatment in Indian Mental Centers

In the past year, Human Rights Watch released a report, “Treated Worse Than Animals”, regarding abuses against women and girls with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in institutions in India. The shocking stories are grabbing the attention of the public, yet the hidden discrimination of the...