Culture

Take a Drive on America’s Main Street: Route 66

Today, for most travelers on U.S. Route 66, the goal is the journey itself, not any particular destination. The highway was established in 1926, when it was advertised as “the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.” The route’s founder, Cyrus Avery, believed [...]

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Follow this pop-music map of America

Follow this pop-music map of America

  Sometimes it’s not what you sing about, but where. American songwriters have often used well-known locations as a shorthand — know the place and you know the cultural message. Some of these associations are known worldwide; others need a little deciphering outside the U.S. New York: “Empire State of [...]

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Who are Americans? It’s complicated, especially in terms of race

“Where are you from?” The question, seemingly simple, is anything but clear in the United States. It could be asking where you were born, where you grew up, where you now live or where your ancestors lived. And in a country built by immigrants, answering the question has proven difficult. [...]

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Oh, Say Can You Sing?

Although “The Star-Spangled Banner” is performed before every baseball game and at many other public events, it’s notoriously hard to sing. But in its history, the song has allowed the performers who can sing it to create memorable and unique interpretations of the United States’ most prominent musical symbol. When [...]

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Thanksgiving Day a Time for Reflection, Gratitude

Thanksgiving in the United States is possibly the premier U.S. family celebration, typically celebrated at home and marked with a substantial feast. As the anchor of what is for many a four-day holiday weekend, Thanksgiving provides an occasion for family reunions, marks the beginning of the “holiday season” that continues [...]

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Halloween: An Ancient Celebration

Halloween — celebrated on October 31 — is one of the most ancient holidays still observed in the Western world. Once it was the most important day of the year for the Celtic peoples, whose descendants include the Irish, Welsh, Scots and Bretons. Samhain, as it was known then, was [...]

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Andy Warhol: Life, Death and Beauty – Oct 5, 2013 – Jan 19, 2014 in Mons

  Andy Warhol Life, Death and Beauty BAM – 5/10/2013 – 19/01/2014 This exhibition at the BAM explores the lesser-known connection Andy Warhol always had with spirituality and religion, through the artist’s pictures. His body of work continues to oscillate between life, death and beauty. The revelation of this hidden [...]

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Exhibit: Will Eisner, Spirit of the Graphic Novel (September 17, 2013 – March 2, 2014)

Discover American Will Eisner (1917-2005), considered a world comic strips’ masters in the 20th century in Brussels from September 17, 2013 to March 2, 2014! Widely considered one of the masters of comics in the 20th century, William Erwin “Will” Eisner (1917-2005) was an American cartoonist and writer. One of [...]

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Photo Exhibit: Steve McCurry – Eye Witness (September 6 – November 23, 2013)

A solo exhibition of Magnum photographer Steve McCurry’s work (USA, 1950) will take place at Fifty One Fine Art Photography in Antwerp. This renowned photojournalist needs little introduction as his name is implicitly linked with his iconic image ‘The Afghan Girl’ which covered the National Geographic Magazine in 1985. Nevertheless [...]

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45 Individuals, 45 Cultures, 45 Dreams and 45 Expectations: ONE BFTF SUMMER INSTITUTE!

On the 29th of June planes and cars, from all over Europe and the United States, were heading in the same direction: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. 45 individuals, 45 cultures, 45 dreams and 45 expectations were represented at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2013. Soon the 45 [...]

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