Common Ties That Bind

Exploring common values, living conditions, arts & cultural traditions and practices that cross racial, ethnic, generational, religious, and geographic boundaries; and destinations that offer opportunities to explore and enjoy the diversity and commonalities of the world’s peoples, places, and cultures.
September 10th, 2009
Written by Alakananda Mookerjee in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
sunshine and clouds rising above buildings
9/11 is a dark date on the American calendar, a day of infamy and colossal tragedy. Today, 9/10, has a grim ring to it as well. It’s World Suicide Prevention Day. Except when a celebrity or a well-known public figure terminates his or her life, suicide-related news doesn’t make it beyond an obscure paragraph, tucked somewhere in the inside pages of a newspaper. Let’s face it: they make depressing...
September 2nd, 2009
Written by Shellie Warren in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
When actor Jennifer Peña got the call that PBS was holding auditions for its PBS KIDS Preschool Destination, she didn’t think twice about saying yes. “They started with a nationwide search of 3,000 people, and then narrowed it down to one person – me” she said. “If I’d known that then, it would’ve made me nervous! I’m glad I didn’t know!” When the third season of PBS KIDS began on May 19, last...
July 21st, 2009
Written by Janet Connor in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
larger-than-life-sized Chimp puppets by Ruphin Coudyzer
In May 2006, France’s Royal de Luxe Theatre Company brought “The Sultan’s Elephant” to the streets of London. The elephant, a 42-ton mechanical puppet constructed mostly of wood, was operated by more than ten puppeteers through the use of motors and hydraulics. The show also included a giant “Little Girl” marionette. For four days, the Little Girl and Elephant, (both over four-stories tall,)...
June 18th, 2009
Written by Jennifer V. Hughes in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
Music that crosses cultural and ethnic boundaries is not a new concept. Most people have heard Paul Simon’s 1986 hit “Graceland,” which infused African music into American pop. But nearly 100 years ago Bela Bartok, a composer in the classical European style, incorporated his Hungarian folk heritage into his music, notes Eric Charry, an associate professor of music at Wesleyan University....


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