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Battling Inequity for Life: Luce Leader Travels, Reflects

Madison, WI.  In January of this year, I was recognized by the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation as one of two Luce Leaders for the year 2014—an award reserved for young individuals trying to make a difference on a global level (link). For this reason, it seemed only fitting that I was unable to attend the ceremony, [...]

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Luce Leader Grows at Yale: from Anti-Bullying to Autism Awareness

New Haven, CT.  In the study of psychology, there is a term called ‘feature integration theory.’  The term describes how we visually combine details to identify unified objects. For instance, when looking for a friend in a crowd (assuming he or she has a striped shirt on), one scans the crowd for a striped shirt [...]

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Peter Yarrow: My Last Visit With Pete Seeger

New York, N.Y.  I had the privilege and honor to be with Pete this past Monday, not long before he finally passed. I came directly to his hospital room from the airport where I’d arrived from Tel Aviv, having just sung a couple of Pete’s songs the night before (“If I Had a Hammer” and [...]

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In Chile, U.S. Adoptee Founds Non-Profit ‘Project Odakniwa’

Temuco, Chile.  In 2011, while conducting research and volunteering at the Chol-Chol Foundation in Temuco, Chile, I found myself immersed in Mapuche culture. It was a homecoming of sorts, because I was born to Mapuche parents and adopted to the U.S. when I was six months old. Two worlds, separated by traditions, language, economic conditions [...]

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Suicide in Greenwich: Teen Leader Learns Lesson from Tragedy

 Greenwich, CT.  At around 7:00 am on August 27, a seemingly happy, ordinary boy entered the doors of Greenwich High School in hopes of enjoying the first day of his sophomore year. Less than 24 hours later, it was confirmed by police that this “happy, ordinary boy” had held a shotgun to his chest, taking [...]

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U.S. Team Triumphs Over New Zealand in America’s Cup

San Francisco, CA.  In one of the most incredible comebacks in sailing history, Oracle USA won its eighth consecutive race Wednesday afternoon to defeat New Zealand and hold onto sailing’s most coveted prize.  Skipper Jimmy Spithill steered Oracle’s 72-foot catamaran past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San [...]

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NYC: 9/11 Survivor Recalls Escaping Collapsing Marriott Center

New York, N.Y.  Washington-based lawyer Frank Razzano is one of several people who escaped from New York’s World Trade Center complex after the Twin Towers collapsed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He was staying in the Marriott World Trade Center, a 22-story hotel that was one of 10 buildings destroyed in the attacks in the area [...]

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Three Years Ago: How Much Can Be Accomplished On A Shoestring

By Karen L. Kwong, M.D., FACS. Jacmel, Haiti. I was struck recently by an article in The Huffington Post by Jim Luce where he noted how little aid results one sees in Haiti today, yet how much can be accomplished on a shoestring budget.   I know from personal experience that this is true.   Our medical team [...]

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