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Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

New York, N.Y.  Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his hobby. Eventually he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, becoming our hometown’s construction supervisor. At his funeral in 2007, a professional looking woman approached me saying, “I believe you have [...]

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At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights ‘NGO GlobalPay’

New York, N.Y.  I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D’Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (piece). It was at last year’s breakfast I [...]

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Akanksha Foundation Wows NYC Crowd

New York, N.Y.  The leader of India’s charter school movement, Akanksha Foundation, participated in the recent Clinton Global Initiative Conference for the second year in a row. Meeting after meeting this year I have heard ‘Haiti! Africa! India!’ Buzz about India often revolves around the Akanksha Foundation. Akanksha Foundation’s Vandana Goyal explained to those assembled the [...]

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Film on Haitian Art: In the Eye of the Spiral

New York, N.Y.  The Haitian Cultural Foundation (HCF) has just released its nine-minute trailer for its upcoming film Dans l’oeil de la Spirale — In the Eye of the Spiral. If the film is only half as brilliant as the trailer, Haitian art will finally find its seat at the international table of culture where it belongs. Knowing both many [...]

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Yale Honors Indian Actor Shah Rukh Khan

New Haven, CT.  Interpreting Indian culture to an American audience is a challenge, but Shah Rukh Khan is so important to global art and social activism, I will attempt to do just that. The largest Bollywood actor and producer, he is a major, global entertainment figure who cares deeply about creativity and humanity. For this reason, Yale University presented [...]

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Art Students League’s “Scroll for Japan” Benefit

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, will be unveilingBaptism of Concrete Estuary, an amazing and historic 30-foot-long scroll by Jave Yoshimoto, painted in the Japanese style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints — think 36 scenes of Mt. Fuji meetsDante’s Inferno. Jave Yoshimoto’s “Baptism of Concrete Estuary” is an amazing and historic 30-foot-long scroll. Photo [...]

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At Cipriani: 2012 Women Refugee Voices of Courage

New York, N.Y.  Actress and humanitarian Liv Ullmann kicked off the Women’s Refugee Commission‘s 2012 Voices of Courage Awards luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on May 4 with a story about a young boy she met in a refugee camp many years ago. He told her he only cried when it rained so he [...]

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World Youth Initiative: Tomorrow’s Leaders, Solving Today’s Issues

New York, N.Y.  Last fall, teen philanthropist Isaac J. Kassin was awarded our James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation’s coveted Luce Leader 2012 Award for his work in philanthropy, including his signature fund within our foundation. Accepting the award at a gala at the law firm of Skadden Arps, 17-year old Isaac made an impassioned speech with [...]

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U.N. Chief Urges Greater Attention to ‘Precarious’ Situation of Migrants

Latin America Welcomes Obama’s Move to Restore US-Cuba Ties

Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

After CIA Torture Revelations, U.S. Must Recover Moral High Ground – U.N. Expert

Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

In New York, Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at “Mad About Art”