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Defining Meaning in Cultural Objects

In recent years, kufiyas have become fashionable across the globe. How does an object like a scarf become a world-wide phenomenon?
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Defining Meaning in Cultural Objects

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Understanding Perspectives in Storytelling a Life

There are lots of ways to tell a story, even when it's the story of someone's life.
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Understanding Perspectives in Storytelling a Life

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Walking, Meaning and Identity

For many, walking is a part of everyday life. But how much do you think about walking? Do you notice how often you walk, or why or with whom?
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Walking, Meaning and Identity

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Evaluating Art as Visual Representations

"Art brings people together," writes Lee Lawrence in the first paragraph of "The Art Bridge," just before asking whether it is true or not.
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Evaluating Art as Visual Representations

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Approaches to Places and People

How do you approach a  place and people whose way of life differs from your own?
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Approaches to Places and People

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Balancing Conservation and Economics

Most people want to protect endangered species. At least in theory they do. In actuality, it's not always so clear.
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Balancing Conservation and Economics

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Skills for Reading Complicated Material

Hieroglyphs are fascinating. Developed millennia ago, they seem to have intrigued every new generation of learners. Who, over the course of these centuries, was able to unlock the meanings of the hieroglyphs?
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Skills for Reading Complicated Material

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The Medium and the Message

The kanga—beautiful woven cotton worn by women along the coast of East Africa. More than just another pretty piece of fabric, as writer Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein suggests, the kanga is also a means of communication.
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The Medium and the Message

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What Motivates You?

In July 2017 Raha Moharrak of Saudi Arabia joined a small, elite group of people who had climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Her feat is even more notable because it was something so unusual for a young Saudi Arabian woman to attempt.
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What Motivates You?

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Relating to the Past

Places, like people, have relationships to their pasts. "Bahrain's Pearling Path" reports on how one city has been changing the way it relates to its past.
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Relating to the Past

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Developing a Model for Complex Problem-Solving

Making a carbon-neutral city is challenging anywhere in the world, but it's even more daunting in the desert. Yet that is exactly what is being attempted in Masdar City, a start-from-scratch project in Abu Dhabi.
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Developing a Model for Complex Problem-Solving

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The Historians' Disagreement and Critical Thinking

When you read a history textbook, you usually get a story that's been put together by someone who is familiar with the research that scholars have done.
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The Historians' Disagreement and Critical Thinking

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A Case Study in Multicultural America

During Ramadan, breaking the fast each evening can become a community celebration. In "Iftar Potluck Baltimore," Laila El-Haddad provides snapshots of several of her neighbors in Columbia, Maryland.
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A Case Study in Multicultural America

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Defining the Purpose of Art

What is art? Why do people create it? There are probably as many answers to these questions as there are artists and art esthetics.
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Defining the Purpose of Art

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Analyzing Textual Evidence To Understand the Past

Exploring the past can help us see the present more clearly by showing us the kinds of questions we might be asking about the world around us today.
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Analyzing Textual Evidence To Understand the Past

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Self-Awareness and Intrapersonal Intelligence

Every now and then, you come across people who seem to know a lot about themselves, to be, in other words, particularly self-aware.
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Self-Awareness and Intrapersonal Intelligence

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Reaching an Alternate Perspective

“Malika VI: Sayyida al-Hurra" is one of six stories published in AramcoWorld that tell about Muslim women who became leaders of their people.
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Reaching an Alternate Perspective

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Describing Relationships Between Otherness and Interconnectedness

In "Rousseau's Turban," historian Ian Coller explores the life of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, finding in it the roots of some of the Enlightenment thinker's ideas.
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Describing Relationships Between Otherness and Interconnectedness

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Character Analysis: What Makes a Leader?

“Malika V: Nur Jahan" describes the life of a leader from the 1500s and 1600s. These activities help explore what it was that made her a good leader.
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Character Analysis: What Makes a Leader?

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Deciphering Meaning from Visual Context

“Historic buildings can speak in many ways, if we wish to listen,” write Agnieszka Dobrowolska and Jaroslaw Dobrowolski. In "The Sultan's Fountain," they examine one historic building to see what it says.
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Deciphering Meaning from Visual Context

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Analyzing and Creating Art

“More Than One Story” reports on the Jameel Prize for Contemporary Art and includes photographs of art created by this year’s winning artist.
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Analyzing and Creating Art

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Film History and National Identity

Does a legend make a film or does a film make a legend?” It’s a question that invites deep thinking about the connections between film, history, and national identity.
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Film History and National Identity

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Narrating a Biography

Yarrow Mamout's story is not well-known, but its uncovering and telling provide an opportunity to explore how historians decide what topics to explore, what kinds of sources to look at and how to make inferences based on what is known. 
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Narrating a Biography

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Geopolitics of a Textile

How much do you think about what you read?

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Geopolitics of a Textile

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Defining a Hero

Heroes don’t always wear capes or use superpowers. Often, ordinary people become heroes when an extraordinary situation demands extraordinary action.

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Defining a Hero

400

Making a Museum Exhibition

This article offers glimpses not only into the city that came before what is today the Middle East’s largest city, but also into how to construct a museum exhibit.

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Making a Museum Exhibition

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Analyzing the Varying Strengths of Verbs

Verbs are words that describe actions. But not all verbs are created equal. Analyzing writing that uses strong verbs can help you understand why you particularly like – or dislike – something that you read.

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Analyzing the Varying Strengths of Verbs

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Analyzing a Complex and Compelling Visual Image

Everyone looks at visual images in their own way. There’s no right or wrong way to look at an image, but it’s useful to learn about your own process of looking.
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