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Happy 25th Anniversary to “The Vulnerable Observer”!

A Q&A with Ruth Behar | So much has changed in the last twenty-five years that sometimes we forget how different were the paradigms we worked with before. Anthropologists were taught that they had to

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American Society Christian Coleman Ruth Behar

Solar in the City: The Challenges of Bringing Clean Power to a Dorchester Neighborhood

By Philip Warburg | The Better Buildings Act, now making its way through the Massachusetts legislature, is a monumental step toward curbing fossil fuel use by larger commercial and public buildings. Y

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American Society Race and Ethnicity in America Science and Medicine Environment and Conservation Harness the Sun Philip Warburg

Civil Rights Activist Desmond Meade Named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow!

Break out the confetti and the champagne! We’re having a double celebration for civil rights activist Desmond Meade! First, he has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow! Secondly, it’s the first-year ann

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activism American Society Politics and Current Events Race and Ethnicity in America Biography and Memoir Christian Coleman Desmond Meade Let My People Vote

Through Radical Empathy, Perhaps We Can Save What’s Left of Life on Our Planet

A Q&A with W. J. Herbert | A woman meditates on her impending death and the crisis her species has created in the original version of this manuscript which contained only fossil and specimen poems. “D

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Literature and the Arts Environment and Conservation Dear Specimen Priyanka Ray W. J. Herbert

Beacon Behind the Books: Meet Travis Cohen, Production Associate

My degree is actually in film, but I realized only afterward that it wasn’t what I wanted for myself, so I did what any sensible person would do—I street performed for a little while in Baltimore, pla

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Beacon Behind the Books Beacon Staff Travis Cohen