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The Rise of Santa Muerte
May 12th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Over the past decade, Mexican drug traffickers trying to get their products to the U.S. have had a spiritual “protector.” Her name is Santa Muerte, and she’s a Mexican folk saint for not just drug traffickers, but prostitutes too. R. Andrew Chesnut (Virginia Commonwealth University) is the author of a new book about Santa Muerte, […]

Obama to Muslims: "I’m listening"
February 7th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Between his words to Muslims in his inauguration address and granting his first television interview as president to an Arab language network, President Obama is clearly signaling a new approach to easing tensions with Muslims nations.  To help build relationships, the president is seeking advice from experts on the region, such as Abdulaziz Sachedina (University […]

Old World Beat
December 27th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world.  Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer.  Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who regularly […]

Sisters of Mercy
August 16th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

The contributions that Irish nuns made to help destitute immigrant Catholic children in New York City were instrumental in developing modern American social institutions like foster care and welfare. Maureen Fitzgerald (College of William and Mary) says before the nuns aided these children, they were being sent to live with Protestant families outside NYC, often […]