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Major New Prize for African Literature Announced

A major new award, the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, was announced today in Nigeria at the Ake Art & Books Festival in Abeokuta. The prize recognizes excellent writing in African languages and encourages translation from, between and into African languages.

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Theologian Examines Implications of 13th Century Manuscripts of Saint Francis of Assisi Visiting U.S.

With the arrival in the United States earlier this week of several manuscripts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, a Creighton University theology professor and specialist in St. Francis, has her own tale to tell about encountering these 700-year-old documents.

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Secrets in Stone: Art Historian Cracks the Code of an Ancient Temple

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For 13 centuries, the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in Indian art—a towering layer cake of elaborate, hand-carved friezes populated by a bevy of Hindu deities and symbols. Now Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAB Department of Art and Art History who specializes in Asian art history, has shown that these figures are more than just architectural decoration.

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100 Years of Communication Scholarship to be Celebrated at the National Communication Association Annual Convention

From November 20 to 23, the National Communication Association (NCA) will gather thousands of scholars, teachers, and practitioners at its 100th Annual Convention in Chicago, the city where the association was founded in 1914. What began as a group of 17 college and university Speech teachers has today grown into a group representing thousands of members engaged in scholarship and teaching across a wide range of the Communication discipline.

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Lovefeast: A Lesser-Known Holiday Tradition

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For 50 years, Wake Forest University has carried forward this rich Moravian service.

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Cézanne’s Unconventional Muse

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According to a Rutgers art historian, Hortense Fiquet, Cézanne’s “secret” wife, changed the course of modern portraiture.

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WCS Project in Laos Wins Ecotourism Award

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WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced that the Nam Nern Night Safari, an ecotour based in Laos’ Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area in Houaphan Province, won the prestigious World Responsible Tourism People's Choice Award at the World Travel Mart in London, England.

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Latino Studies Fellowships Backed by Foundation Grant

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A University of Illinois at Chicago-based national Latino research consortium has received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support doctoral students working in Latino humanities.

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Sax Inventor’s 200th Birthday on Nov. 6

Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, was born 200 years ago on Nov. 6, 1814. Audio and video interviews with some of the world’s outstanding sax players in today’s musical world as well as past eras, are freely accessible online via the Hamilton College Fillius Jazz Archive.

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Smithsonian Snapshot: Un Altar para Los Muertos

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El Día de los Muertos es una oportunidad para conmemorar y honrar las vidas de aquellos quienes han fallecido, con tradiciones que incluyen fiestas, música, vigilias y ofrendas temporales como esta. La ofrenda tradicionalmente incluye fotos y objetos que conmemoran a los seres queridos para así honrarlos y recordarlos.

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