The Miseries of War, 400-Year-Old Portrayal of Treachery

Plate 11, The Hanging

Several years ago, I was visiting friends in Chicago and looking for some free exhibits to see downtown. We noticed that there was a Day of the Dead exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center that looked interesting. The assembled collection was fun and informative, complete with works of art, photographs,…

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Racism in France, What Most Americans Don’t Know

Protesters on the Champs de Mars

George Floyd’s death at the hands of police sparked protests around the world, including in France. The French have a long history of looking at race relations in America and condemning our treatment of black citizens. France prides itself on being blind to race, religion, and ethnicity. Indeed, many famous…

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Black Authors Matter, Marguerite Abouet’s Positive Images of African Life

Aya de Yopougon, Volume 1

Given the disturbing events of recent weeks, a new movement, labeled with the hashtag #BlackoutBestsellerList, encourages people to purchase books by black authors between now and June 20. The goal is to push black authors to the top of bestseller lists around the world. There are, of course, countless exceptional…

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Photography of Janol Apin: Outstanding Works that are Uniquely French

Photo from Chapel Noz Collection

One thing I admire about the French is their general knowledge of important figures and events from France’s history. The average French person seems to know significantly more about their country’s past than we Americans know about ours. And they do a better job of keeping that history alive. Whether…

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Age-Old Plants Emerge in the Gardens of Versailles

Wildflowers adorn lawn of Petit Trianon

Since May 11, France has gradually lifted its quarantine regulations as the country comes out of lockdown. On Tuesday, the Paris Metro resumed operation of 90% of its pre-Corona schedule. The only visible difference is the masked passengers that ride in relatively uncrowded conditions. This Saturday, the Palace of Versailles…

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