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October 15, 2019

Powerful Statue Offers a Contemporary Response to Confederate Monuments

For centuries, the equestrian portrait has played a pivotal role in the politics of art. Originally reserved for members of nobility in Ancient Greece and Rome, portrayals of people on horseback eventually featured high-status sitters and, later, military figures—including Confederate soldiers in the United States. Given the controversial history of these statues, it comes as no surprise that celebrated contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley has harnessed this motif to craft his latest piece, Rumors of War.

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September 24, 2019

“How Dare You!”: Greta Thunberg Makes Powerful Speech at UN Climate Action Summit

On September 23, 2019, the United Nations held a Climate Action Summit at its headquarters in New York City. Here, dozens of world leaders and policymakers met to discuss plans for curbing climate change, which were outlined and emphasized by guest speakers like French president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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July 29, 2019

Anchorage Allows People with Parking Tickets to Pay Fines by Donating School Supplies

Earlier this month, we were wowed by an Indiana town’s creative initiative that allowed people to pay off parking tickets with shelter cat donations. Now, another U.S. city appears to have taken their lead—but with a back-to-school twist. For a few weeks, drivers in Anchorage, Alaska can donate school supplies to compensate for outstanding fines. Until August 9, 2019, EasyPark (a branch of the Anchorage Community Development Authority responsible for the city’s parking services)

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