Why children, as well as adults, need stories about solutions

Jodie Jackson, author and expert on the psychological impact of the news, has now released a children’s book. She explains how, and why, it is grounded in the principles of positive psychology If adults get down and depressed when watching the news, what impact does it have on children? I had just become a mother around the time I wrote...

The lost peace discourse and the arts as a possible way out?

Jan Oberg The discourse about, or for, peace has mostly disappeared over the last 2-3 decades. It applies to research (and its non-governmental funding possibilities), to politics in general and to the media.  In foreign and security politics, the intellectual level is now such that it does not even seem strange to decision-makers that they never obtain peace advice or...

The love of truth and the truth of love: Bertrand Russell on the two pillars of human flourishing

By Maria Popova In the mid-1950s, as the icy terror of the Cold War was cloaking the embering rubble of two World Wars, the BBC producer and cartoonist Hugh Burnett envisioned an unexampled program to serve both as a cross-cultural bridge and a mirror beaming back to a dimmed and discomposed humanity the noblest and most beautiful ideas of its...

     EUROPEAN ONE-TIME ONLINE SCREENING OF AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN PEACE DOCUMENTARY

  EUROPEAN ONE-TIME ONLINE SCREENING OF AWARD WINNING AUSTRALIAN PEACE DOCUMENTARY Monday 21st September 7pm.   If ‘making it’ in New York is the benchmark of success, Australian peace documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet? William Kelly’s Big Picture” looks destined to ‘make it anywhere.’ This year alone the film has won awards in the New York Festivals and in...

An Artist for the Moment

Art Hazelwood infuses his work with hard-hitting political commentary. by Paul Von Blum August 1, 2020   One of the strongest artistic responses to the uprisings following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd comes from San Francisco-based Art Hazelwood, whose trenchant graphic works stand out both for their topical relevance and their timelessness. All art—music, literature, film,...

If you’re trying to tell the pulse of a country, listen to its artistes By Benjamin Rukwengye

In his last book, There was a Country, Chinua Achebe, chronicles his experience of the Biafra war. Talking about the role of art in the context of a society’s needs, he says, “There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.” It is as if to say the privilege of talent comes with...

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