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31 Books to Read While Self-Isolating, Chosen by Boston Booksellers

As this uncertain period of self-isolation and social distance stretches on, you might now be reaching the point where the novelty of board games, virtual happy hour with your friends, and staying at home all day in your sweatpants is starting to wear off. If so, you might be wondering how to bide your time next. Yes, you could take this as an opportunity to dive deeper into Netflix than ever before (how many The Office quotes can fit into one human brain?), but you could also take a more old-fashioned approach—turning off the TV, putting your phone aside, and cracking open a book.

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Tovah Feldshuh (SHS '1966) , Avi Hoffman, Simon Wiesenthal, Shakespeare and More Announced At The Mizner Park Cultural Center

Mizner Park Cultural Center will once again host a wide variety of entertainment and events over the coming weeks. Comedy, music, magic, and live theatre are all on the popular venue's schedule during March and April. Below is a list of just a few of the performances that will take place at the Center this spring:

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We Don’t Really Know How Many People Have Coronavirus

It has been nearly three months since the first cases of a new coronavirus pneumonia appeared in Wuhan, China, and it is now a global outbreak. And yet, despite over 80,000 infections worldwide (most of them in China), the world still doesn’t have a clear picture of some of the most basic information about this outbreak.

In recent weeks, a smattering of scientific papers and government statements have begun to sketch the outlines of the epidemic. The Chinese national health commission has reported that more than 1,700 medical workers in the country had contracted the virus as of Feb 14. (That’s alarming).

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Game of Thrones Producers set to Adapt Highly Acclaimed Video Game (Carolyn Strauss)

According to The Verge, HBO is working on adapting The Last of Us into a TV series. Since most video game adaptations to film are infamously poor, the writer and creative director of both The Last of Us video game and its upcoming sequel, will be involved to help write and executive produce the new adaption and ensure its quality.

A PlayStation-exclusive, the original game was a massive success for Sony – both critically and commercially. Praised for its industry-changing narrative and characters.

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Prints by Nicole Eisenman (SHS '83) at SNHU’s McIninch Art Gallery

The McIninch Art Gallery, located in Robert Frost Hall at Southern New Hampshire University, presents prints by Nicole Eisenman from March 5 through April 4. There will be an opening reception on Thursday March 19 at 5 p.m. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
In August of 2011, the contemporary painter Nicole Eisenman locked her paints up, as she tells it, for a period of time and explored the nature of printmaking, specifically, mono print, woodcut, etching and lithography. She mined the collection of the Metropolitan Museum and reinterpreted some of the more famous modernists images into a contemporary tableaux. Eisenman evokes wit and sentiment to the human condition as a way to dissolve prejudices of individuals who identify in any number of ways
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We should now consider candidates' governing qualities

Amid the Democratic presidential debates over ideology, ideas and experience, each hopeful cites qualities that separates them and would enable them to more effectively govern.

Biden had a long record as an excellent legislator working with many Republicans as diverse as John McCain and Jesse Helms, whom he persuaded to support funding for the United Nations and to confirm Richard Holbrooke as UN Ambassador.

 

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Sun Valley Film Festival announces 2020 lineup (Barbara Kloppe)

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The 2020 Sun Valley Film Festival is coming up and organizers have unveiled this year's film selections. The five-day festival features both fiction and documentary entries, including films that recently debuted at Sundance, like Black Bear, Nine Days and Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

The filmmakers for those movies and others will be in attendance. You can also catch Idaho offerings, including Girls are Strong Here, the winner of last year's 1 Potato screenwriting contest.

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NPR’s Mara Liasson (SHS '73) Discusses Presidential Race

NPR National Political Correspondent and Fox News contributor Mara Liasson is back in Southwest Florida this week working with Florida Gulf Coast University journalism students in her role as FGCU’s first named Presidential Fellowship Scholar. 

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‘We Are Rising’: Playwright Eve Ensler (SHS '71) Talks Activism, Art And How To Create The World We Want

At a time when we need bold leaders who are willing to courageously speak the truth, push against the status quo and use their voice and platform to uplift and inspire others, as well as conjure up creative strategies for transformative change, we need to look no further than award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler, who has been doing just that her whole career and in 2020 has put forth a global call to “Raise the Vibration.”

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Author Gish Jen (SHS '73) explains why she created a family of ‘Resisters’

Gish Jen, whose new book, “The Resisters,” is her fifth novel and her first in nine years, is sitting in her home office in Cambridge, Mass., and describing it with writerly precision. “Cambridge, this time of year, does not have a lot of light, but I do have windows on two sides, so every bit of light available in Cambridge is right here in my office,” she says. She’s particularly proud of a library ladder for her two walls of bookshelves. “We all want one, don’t we?”

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