After playwright Lynn Nottage won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, she said in an interview that she finds her characters and stories in varied places. Sometimes in a newspaper, “obscure historical texts” or dinner party conversations.
In the last 50 years, the world’s population has doubled. The economy, when adjusted for inflation, has grown sevenfold.
If one grew up in a country where money, capital and finance were rarely talked about, imagine how hard it would be to invest, buy a home or even create a savings account.
As a pioneer of financial literacy in her home country of Turkey where that is that case, Özlem Denizmen wants to start that conversation.
In 2011, police arrested a journalist in Turkey, confiscating his drafts of a manuscript detailing potential Islamist infiltration of Turkish security forces. Though the journalist hadn’t published anything, some of his interview questions had raised alarm, and authorities believed the act warranted an arrest.
Such an arrest is not unique; more journalists are imprisoned in Turkey than in any other country.
“The Iraq War was bad for just about everyone, except private contractors.”
George Packer’s summary of the war on terror, concluded from years of research in the Middle East, set the scene for his Thursday morning lecture in the Amphitheater. Packer, a writer at The New Yorker and author of the bestselling book The Unwinding, spoke about America’s failure to fight a war and win. He said the same systemic failure of institutions caused the failure of the war, resulting in Americans suffering under a “broken contract.”
For those who are wishing to write a warm and meaningful wedding toast but are short on words, a website called The Perfect Toast may be the answer. Just enter some information about yourself and the person you are toasting, and toss in a story or two about how you two met.
Three business days and $149 later, a customized wedding toast will be waiting in your mailbox.