People gather for Pagan sunrise celebrations in Ireland, on the morning of the winter solstice.
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Yule, celebrated by Wiccans and many other Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere on Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice, is a time for reflection.
Bulldozed land at the planned site of a controversial police training facility, with Atlanta in the distance.
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This isn’t the first time that US authorities have criminalized civil disobedience or framed grassroots organizing as a conspiracy.
Astronauts prepare to leave the International Space Station.
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When you’re an astronaut landing on the Moon, you can’t rely on the same gravitational cues we have on Earth. But regimented training with sensory devices could one day prevent spatial disorientation.
Six years after the #MeToo hashtag went viral, women in minority communities still face extra challenges addressing harassment and abuse.
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In minority faith groups that already face hate, women who have experienced harassment sometimes fear bringing negative attention to their community.
Chaplains talk with anyone, regardless of whether or not the patient has a religious affiliation – and some chaplains themselves are not religious.
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As more Americans step away from organized religion, so do more chaplains – but they are prepared to offer spiritual care regardless of a patient’s beliefs.
The natural world is an important part of Pagan practice.
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Practitioners of Pagan religions no longer need to go into a forest to find an object for their altars. Commercialization means that sacred objects are available online.
Donors’ bodies lie covered in an anatomy lab at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
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The lessons students learn from dissecting donor bodies go beyond anatomy – and they try to pay that gift forward.
Satellite data illustrates the heat signature of Hurricane Maria above warm surface water in 2017.
Currents can carry that deep ocean heat hundreds of miles to surface again at distant shores.
“Les adieux d'Hector et d'Andromaque”, tableau du XVIIIe siècle représentant une scène de l'épopée antique L'Iliade.
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Si la Grèce antique n’organisait pas de fête des Mères comme on le fait aujourd’hui, la maternité était bel et bien célébrée lors de festivités.
Jewish mothers have created ways to celebrate childbirth with rituals old and new.
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Recent generations of Jewish women have looked to reinvent rituals marking the most meaningful moments in their lives, especially childbirth and motherhood.
An ancient Greek relief depicting a baby with its mother and grandmother.
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Greek epic poetry often uses mothers and wives to humanize its heroes, reminding listeners of the meaning of sacrifice.
There’s a more sophisticated way to understand how Americans divide themselves politically.
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We often talk about the American political landscape as if it were a line – Democrats on the left, Republicans on the right. Two political scientists say that view doesn’t reflect reality.
Eugene Debs, center, imprisoned at the Atlanta Federal Prison, was notified of his nomination for the presidency on the socialist ticket by a delegation of leading socialists who came from New York to Atlanta.
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Can you run for president from a prison cell? One man did in the 1920 election and got almost a million votes.
The Uphams Corner Food Forest in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood was built on a vacant lot.
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Food forests are urban oases that pack a lot into small spaces, including food production, local cooling and social connections.
White sage is being commonly used for purification rituals.
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Native Americans are struggling to find sage for their spiritual practices as the plant is being overharvested for sale to the wider public.
Bagian dari lukisan dinding “Triumph of Galatea,” yang dibuat oleh Raphael sekitar tahun 1512 untuk Villa Farnesina di Roma.
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Seorang ahli klasik Yunani awal menjelaskan apa yang disampaikan mitologi dewa cinta pembawa senjata, Cupid, anak dewa cinta dan perang, tentang kesenangan dan bahaya hasrat.
Scholar-activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1946.
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As the 20th century’s preeminent scholar-activist on race, W.E.B. Du Bois would not be surprised by modern-day attempts at whitewashing American history. He saw them in 1930s and 1940s.
President Barack Obama presents NBA champion and human rights advocate Bill Russell the Medal of Freedom on Feb. 15, 2011.
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America’s complicated history with race can be told through the lives and times of Black Americans, a view that some GOP-controlled state legislatures want to restrict, if not outright ban.
A painting showing Odysseus recognizing Achilles, who is disguised as a woman.
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A classics scholar reflects on Greek myths and what they can help us understand about recreating relationships – as a bridge from our past to present selves.
A rally for Uber and Lyft drivers in 2019 reflects desire for workers to have same benefits as employees.
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What a ‘gig worker’ is remains ill-defined, which can suit employers. But the spread of the gig economy means more workers don’t have the same rights and protections as employees.