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In our current context of rapidly improving technology, archives and museums must constantly make tough decisions about what to keep, what to refuse or even remove. (Shutterstock)

What we should do with Dr. Seuss books

Humans are constantly changing our languages in terms of sounds, words, meanings, and grammar, so much so that it becomes increasingly difficult to understand our own distant relatives across time and space. (Unsplash/Lucrezia Carnelos)

Curious Kids: How are languages formed?

A young reader asks: How are languages formed?
Recording artist The Weeknd performs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision — Scott Roth

The Weeknd at Super Bowl: Masculinity is performed in 2021

The falsetto virtuosity of the Weeknd, headliner of this year's Super Bowl halftime show, contrasts with popular ShantyTok singalongs. How do these both reflect masculinity in 2021?
Street dancers wearing face masks dance the tango in Madrid, Spain, Dec. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

How to help arts and culture recover from the COVID-19 disaster

Governments, universities and creative companies that have experienced growth in the pandemic should play a role in long-term collaborative strategies to support artists and small arts companies.
Through creativity, children make sense of the world. (Dragos Gontariu/Unsplash)

How to help kids express their feelings about the pandemic in art

Art can be a way to promote and support mental health in children, and understanding children's experiences through the pandemic as seen through children's art may help support them into the future.
Harry Potter’s adventures take on a new significance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Reading Harry Potter in a new light during COVID-19

Rereading Harry Potter during the COVID-19 pandemic means finding new ways of identifying with the characters, especially in the seventh book, where Harry finds himself struggling with isolation.
Some Ms. Marvel comic storylines have revealed her as a well-rounded character while others have advanced Islamophobic themes. (Marvel)

Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel’s alter-ego — inspires big hopes

The Urdu-speaking powerhouse, Ms. Marvel, has destabilized stereotypes of Muslims and reinforced ideas about American exceptionalism.
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto showcased 15 designers, including the Vancouver-based Nēhiyaw streetwear brand, Section 35. The collection ‘Miyo Pimatisiwin’ merges art and fashion to empower, educate and bring people together. (Section 35 – IFWTO)

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto designers showcase resurgence

This year's Indigenous Fashion Week was a huge success despite being virtual. Indigenous designers engaged daily in the tasks of translating Indigenous worldviews and practices.
National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Poet Amanda Gorman points to youth’s power to shape future generations

The first national youth poet laureate in the United States taps into the power of generativity, a concept that refers to creating a legacy that lasts beyond our lifetimes to shape future generations.
Fringe groups have long understood that capturing the public’s attention is the best way to spread their views. Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images

Strange costumes of U.S. Capitol rioters echo the Ku Klux Klan

For many extremist groups, a primary goal is to spread their ideology. Costumes and uniforms – even ridiculous ones – are a form of spectacle that can garner attention and interest.
Artwork ‘Melly Shum Hates Her Job’ by Ken Lum hangs in the Witte de Withstraat district in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, shown May 2008. (Ken Lum/Wikimedia Commons)

‘Melly Shum Hates Her Job’ but Europeans love this work

A Rotterdam art centre removed its colonial-era name and is renaming itself 'The Kunstinstituut Melly,' to honour the city's 30-year love affair with Ken Lum's iconic work.
Children’s television has grown increasingly diverse, reflecting an awareness of the importance of inclusion and representation. (Shutterstock)

Caillou cancelled by PBS: Kids’ TV is now more diverse, but must do better

A trend towards including more diverse characters has changed children's television, but there's still work to be done, especially when it comes to gender and representation.
Poet Miriam Waddington (left) participated in the rise of modernist Canadian poetry and Helen Weinzweig (right) wrote the classic feminist novel ‘Basic Black with Pearls.’ (John Reeves/ /Image (cropped) courtesy Archives & Special Collections, University of New Brunswick)

Daring reads by the first generation of Canadian Jewish women writers

A rich diversity of Canadian Jewish experience is reflected in the poems of Miriam Waddington and the prose of Adele Wiseman, Fredelle Bruser Maynard, Helen Weinzweig and Shirley Faessler.
Grogu, better known as Baby Yoda, has a name designed to sound soft and baby-like. (Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution)

The symbolism behind Baby Yoda’s name

How does Baby Yoda's name measure up as a fictional character's name? Research has shown that sounds carry associations — what does Baby Yoda's name communicate?

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