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By Maya Guice. What Does it Mean to be From Somewhere? In the States, some people say that you can’t be American because, “no one is actually from America.” And yet, I am American. Legend has it that a certain Christopher Guice made his way from Germany to the American South by boat, where he …

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6 Degrees: Changing the Way We Think About Newcomers

By Molly Moylan Brown The Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national non-profit charity, held a thought-provoking conference, 6 Degrees Berlin, on November 12, 2018. The conference, attended by a number of AWC members*, took place at the Barenboim-Said Academy in the landmark Frank Gehry-designed concert hall. 6 Degrees Berlin brought together thinkers, doers, executives, artists, …

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Paul and Me in Berlin

By Helena Prince. “Did you see the Soviet War Memorial, yet?“ It was the second or third time he’d asked since I moved to Berlin. I think it was summertime and I’d been telling my father about exploring Berlin on an old bike I’d been given. “Oh yeah, I saw that when I first came …

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Bats in the Belfry

By Janel Schermerhorn. Some nights ago, I was walking up to our bedroom and noticed small movements outside the second story window. I called my husband over for a closer look, and what we saw were tiny bats sweeping the space between our home and our neighbor’s home. Instead of slamming the window shut, we …

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that V word

by Molly Moylan Brown Thrust a female private part into the title of a theater piece and you’ve started a resistance. You incite perplexity and trepidation, an acute sense of taboo—resistance. It begins with language, the words we say and the words we avoid. Vagina. Why does that word assault us when we hear or …

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