culture Tag

expressions

It is a known fact that there are six primary emotions everybody is capable of feeling. Those are happiness, fear, sadness, anger, surprise, and disgust. Subsequently, we express each of these emotions using more or less the same set of facial movements. It makes recognising these emotions very easy. The person’s background and credentials then hardly matter.   Lisa Feldman Barrett, however, begs to differ. She is...

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French

Arriving in Quebec, Canada, Samuel De Champlain decided to cultivate the seeds which he carried from his homeland, France. Chris Parsons, a History Professor at the Northeastern University details instances of these French colonists and their journey in Quebec in his new book, ‘A Not-so-new World: Empire and Environment in French Colonial North America’.   These French colonists made their mission of agriculture pleasing to the higher...

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The American tradition of having an eggnog around the tree and New Year bonfires are far from universal. Gregory Grinnell has put together a range of different new year traditions from around the world for the Northeastern University blog. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting ones.   In an interesting folktale in Iceland, it is believed that if one does not have one’s winter...

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African-Americans-Life

“There was no room for nuance because you were already different; you were already black” said Lorick Wilmot, the author of a book about how identity shapes the lives of middle-class black Caribbean Americans. It’s called ‘Stories of Identity among Black, Middle Class Second Generation Caribbeans: We, Too, Sing America’.   The ‘others’ and the ‘othering’ are two crucial concepts studied and observed in the studies of the...

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cuba

Students from Northeastern University, who study photography and storytelling, took part in a three-week-long study abroad program in Havana, Cuba. Northeastern professor Luis Brens, who led the program, says that this program was designed to immerse the students in Cuban culture while teaching them the nuances of street photography.   Brens, who has been leading this program since 2013 says, “Taking them to a completely different culture...

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Halloween

Carving pumpkins, eating a bunch of candies, draping the white cloth and all the weird attires that one sees at Halloween are great fun. The ritual of this festival has marked its appearance since ages now. But apart from the weird and scary attires and trick or treat, there is more to know about the Halloween culture and from where does it originate.   Two faculty members...

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At the age of 15, Elina Mariutsa bought a one-way ticket out of Moscow and never looked back, leaving behind her home, her parents, and Paris, her Yorkshire terrier. It was 2013 and Greece was crumbling under the pressure of the refugee crisis. Mariutsa couldn’t bear to continue to sit back and watch it unfold on television. She spent six months in Chalkidiki, a processing...

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Alabama

On one hand, where some states like Alabama and Georgia are imposing the most restrictive abortion bills into law, New York City Officials in response has recently set aside $250,000. This fund is to help women who travel from other states to obtain abortions in the city. An action that acknowledges the broader national debate over access to abortion, says Aziza Ahmed, a Northeastern University...

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instagram

Most of us on Instagram follow pages related to food: food recipe accounts or accounts that feature good dishes. Everyone loves food and wishes to drive different dishes and specialties both from their local area and other places so that when they travel they know where to eat and what to eat.   Northeastern University student Rachel Eng and her friend from high school started an Instagram...

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right-to-vote

Alice Paul - does this name sound familiar to you? If not, you are in a dire need to read “Mr. President, how long must we wait?”  authored by journalist Tina Cassidy, a Northeastern University graduate. Alice Paul was an American suffragist, a women's rights activist and a feminist. She was one of the main strategists and leaders of the campaign for the 19th Amendment...

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