Post-WWI Campaign Brought America’s Diversity into Focus

The year was 1918. The United States was in the midst of World War I. Like today, the country was going through a great deal of change, particularly in how people expressed their faith. The war triggered a wave of immigration to the U.S., bringing Catholics — and to a lesser extent, Jews — to … Continue reading “Post-WWI Campaign Brought America’s Diversity into Focus”

A New View in Japan

It’s an unusual question for a historian: What is it like for a blind person to live in a world dominated by sighted people? But this inquiry, with a particular focus on Japan, is at the heart of Dr. Wayne Tan’s research. Today, Japan is considered one of the most blind-friendly nations in the world, … Continue reading “A New View in Japan”

Helping Chinese Families Advocate for Children with Special Needs

To understand how four Hope College students found themselves in China training teachers and social workers in summer 2017, you need to trace the story back to Benjamin Feaster’s adoption. Thirteen years have passed since Dennis and Sarah Feaster adopted their son from his native Hong Kong. Adopting and parenting Benjamin, who has Down syndrome, … Continue reading “Helping Chinese Families Advocate for Children with Special Needs”

At the Galaxy’s Center, a Mystery

At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, something’s going on that puzzles astrophysicists. Decades of intense research built expectations about the gamma rays that ought to emanate from that zone. Yet NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope picks up levels that exceed expectations. Why? Here’s Dr. Peter Gonthier’s take: Perhaps there’s a population of millisecond … Continue reading “At the Galaxy’s Center, a Mystery”

City by City, the Arts Interpret Culture

In the evening in some Buenos Aires clubs, guitars and accordions called bandoneons weave syncopated tango rhythms that draw patrons to the dance floor and echo back to the early 20th century. In Mexico City, vivid murals still transform buildings into huge canvasses, sustaining a genre born after World War I when the Mexican muralism … Continue reading “City by City, the Arts Interpret Culture”