*QUESTIONS, IDEAS & HEADSCRATCHERS Remote learning is transforming sex education for teens — and adults
Advocates say changes are here to stay, from greater accessibility to totally new curriculums
Last spring, Mary Jo Podgurski taught her usual sex education course to sixth-graders in Washington, Pa. — usual, except one thing: It was over Zoom. Because the kids took the class from home, many of their parents participated as well, so Podgurski decided to include exercises to help parents and children communicate about sex.
“Mary Jo helped me build trust with my mom and classmates so if I have any questions in the future, I feel safe asking,” says 13-year-old Cicely Sunseri, one of the students. CLICK FOR MORE
How the Smithsonian and Other Museums Are Responding to the U.S. Capital Riot
Leading institutions have started collecting artifacts and working to contextualize last week’s violent attack
Last Wednesday, a mob of far-right insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol, forcing lawmakers to flee for safety and temporarily delaying Congress’ certification of November’s election, which will put Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris in the White House.
Over six hours of chaos, the insurrectionists assaulted law enforcement officers, ransacked offices, stole objects, smashed windows and smeared what appeared to be blood across a bust of President Zachary Taylor. Rioters also erected a wooden gallows near the Capitol Reflecting Pool; footage captured at the scene showed some members of the crowd chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” In total, the attack claimed the lives of five people, including a police officer reportedly struck with a fire extinguisher.
In the wake of the January 6 riot, museums and cultural institutions across the country have responded by condemning the violence, collecting artifacts linked to the attack and beginning to place the events in a historical context. CLICK FOR MORE
The culture is ailing. It’s time for a Dr. Fauci for the arts.
by Peter Marks in Washington Post
When a president calls a meeting of the Cabinet, most vital sectors of the economy — from soybean farmers to auto manufacturers — have an appointed government representative in the room, a secretary of agriculture or transportation, to speak for them.
You know what doesn’t get a seat at the table, and never has? The arts. And in this crisis moment, when a pandemic threatens ruination for museums, theaters, concert halls, opera houses, dance studios, cineplexes and amusement parks — and the 5.1 million arts workers who staff them — the time has come to rectify this glaring oversight. CLICK FOR MORE
Unpack Middle Eastern stereotypes in Hollywood
We’ve previously written about the ways that Hollywood whitewashes
film and television to prefer stories represented and made by white people. Also crucial in this conversation is how Hollywood has consequently represented the Middle East throughout its history.
The Southwest Asian/North African (SWANA) community is one example of a group that has faced harmful representations and stereotyping in Hollywood. CLICK FOR MORE
Vaccines are on the way. What does that mean for pregnant people?
By Chelsea Cirruzzo in The Lily
Major trials have typically left out those pregnant and breastfeeding.
Jaely Turner describes herself as “covid-conscious” and pro-vaccine. She and her young son are up-to-date on all of their shots. Turner wants to keep it that way.
But, as the United States inches closer to making a coronavirus vaccine available to the public, Turner says she won’t be rushing out the door to get it for herself. That’s because the Virginia-based doula is 10 weeks pregnant. CLICK FOR MORE
Featured Sculpture by Darlene Berndt, 2002
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