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Just the Facts: What is “Fact Checking” and Why is it Growing?

May 22, 2015
Journalism, at its best, is a search for truth. And identifying the truth involves getting the facts correct. But a movement known as “Fact Checking” is growing globally and takes what some consider standard journalism practice to new heights. Following the release of a new report on fact checking, we spoke with Jane Elizabeth from the American Press Institute about the findings and to learn more about the practice. She provides an overview in this edition of CONTEXT.

Porgy & Bess at 80: Rethinking Russian Influence on American Culture

Mar 18, 2015
East European musical and theatrical masters arriving in the United States beginning in the 1890s immediately recognized and praised the contributions of African Americans to American culture.

The View from the Bus: Rethinking Cities through Performance

Mar 16, 2015
Hungarian Showcase Arts festival in Budapest celebrating the city’s vibrant performing arts scene. The festival became an opportunity for the international theater community to show its support for Budapest colleagues who are beleaguered by an increasingly authoritarian government prone to using political, bureaucratic, and financial levers to enforce compliance with their nationalist-oriented agenda.

War from the Victims’ Perspective: Photographs by Jean Mohr Exhibit

Nov 18, 2014
The Wilson Center is hosting an exhibit from November 21, 2014 to February 6, 2015 consisting of a collection of photographs by acclaimed Swiss photographer Jean Mohr and is entitled, “War from the Victims’ Perspective”.
Westminister Church Washington DC

Making Community Work: the Importance of the Performing Arts

Nov 12, 2014
Resilience and adaptability increasingly are seen as essential for community well-being, particularly in the face of growing challenges and dilemmas posed by natural and man-made misfortune. Resilience, in turn, requires expansive social capital and vibrant civic life. Community vitality requires increasingly diverse neighbors come to know one another, even if only casually. As these Washington examples demonstrate, the shared enjoyment provided by the performing arts promotes a virtuous cycle which enables communities to move forward in the face of adversity.

All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

Sep 30, 2014
Matt Bai, Public Policy Scholar from 2013, recently published his new book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, which he worked on during his time at the Wilson Center. The book looks at 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, who withdrew from the race following intense media scrutiny after an alleged affair.

Performance and Power from Kabuki to Go Go

Sep 30, 2014
"Emerging during periods of profound economic change, these art forms (kabuki and Go Go) were products of the social vacuum left by conflicts over power. They expressed the frustrations and struggles of social groups that were on the losing end of those skirmishes; and they did so in ways that were unvarnished and potent," writes Blair Ruble.
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Kennan Institute Marks 40th Anniversary at 2014 Davis Dinner

Jun 13, 2014
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Eugene K. Lawson, Chairman and CEO of Lawson International, Inc., and Paul Rodzianko, Chairman of the Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), were presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award at the Kennan Institute’s Davis Dinner. The event commemorated the Wilson Center’s 40th anniversary.
Photo by Verhoeff, Bert

Kennan Institute Launches Solzhenitsyn Initiative

Jun 09, 2014
The Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute launched the Solzhenitsyn Initiative to translate major works by Nobel Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2007) for the first time into English. Titles to be translated include The Little Grain, Solzhenitsyn’s autobiography during his years living in the United States, and The Red Wheel, Solzhenitsyn’s partially-translated history of Russia during World War I and leading into the Bolshevik Revolution.

Exhibition of Original American Print and Photography Collections

May 05, 2014
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is pleased to announce an exhibition of its Original Print and Photography Collections will be displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Center from May 5 through August 15, 2014. The works will be presented on the fourth and fifth floors where they will be accessible to the public. The exhibition is generously being supported by Christie’s.

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