Predominantly recognized in the U.S. and Canada, Thanksgiving is a warmhearted holiday that commemorates gratitude, tradition, family, and culture. But festivals for giving thanks have taken place throughout history in countries all over the world.
Did you know that Brooklyn has a saint? Just one. St. Raphael Hawaweeny. He was neither Catholic, nor of European descent; Hawaweeny was born in Beirut in 1860 to Syrian parents fleeing the Christian massacre in Damascus. He helped build the Eastern Orthodox Church in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, and is now known as St. Raphael of Brooklyn.
Wandering and exile are common themes present in the poetry of this famous Greek poet, often reflective of the history of Greece. George Seferis was born Georgios Seferiades in 1900 in a small town called Urla near what is now Izmir, Turkey.
A Senior Naval Academy midshipman has put together an extraordinary cover video of the radio hit “Uptown Funk” that’s quickly going viral. Ryan Tuohy and his Navy colleagues dance up and down Maryland Avenue singing cleverly rewritten lyrics to the popular Mark Ronson song.
November is Native American Heritage Month! The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, and many other organizations across the nation are participating by paying tribute to Native American ancestry and traditions. One of our favorites is The Circle of Dance, a current exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in New York.