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Celebrate Linguistic and Cultural Diversity at the Mother Tongue Film Festival

From February 21st through the 24th, the Smithsonian will once again be hosting their annual Mother Tongue Film Festival, showcasing a collection of films that celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity.

Ringing in the Year of the Pig

February 5th marked the Chinese New Year, and the start of 15 days of celebrations. Find out more about the holiday's traditions in our latest blog.

Encountering Different Beliefs: Nigeria and Witchcraft

How do you react when you travel somewhere and encounter beliefs that are different from your own? Today we look at this question through the example of the belief in witchcraft in Nigeria.

CJTF-HOA and Intergovernmental Authority on Development Kick-Start Partnership

Foreign Liaison Officers and U.S. military members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa met for the first time in a formal meeting with officials from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development on January 16 in Djibouti.

Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages

The UN has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Here, we discuss what that means, and what you can do to contribute to the celebration and education of Indigenous languages and culture.

US Pacific Command gets renamed, INDOPACOM

U.S. Pacific Command is renamed as the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, as a strategic counterweight to Chinese economic and military pressure in the region.

Wrestling, footy, wife-carrying: unique sports around the world

The new year is often a time to think about taking on new hobbies and fitness goals. One fun way is to find inspiration from some unique sports popular around the world like wrestling, Australian rules football, kabaddi, and, yes, wife-carrying.

Alaska Mission Operation Center opens language learning center

The 373rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group officially opeedn the Alaska Mission Operation Center Alaska Learning Center on November 1, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

"Tangier to Casablanca" — Boren Scholar wins IES Study Abroad Film Festival

Boren award recipient Philip Baites, a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, won the IES 2018 Study Abroad Film Festival with his music video "Tangier to Casablanca."
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Illustration of hands showing the letters and numbers in the American Sign Language alphabet
Student Philip Baites looking out at a sunset in Morocco. Text on image says "A film by Philip Baites, 'Tangier to Casablanca,' Rabat, Academic Year 2017-2018, University of Tennessee Knoxville."
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