We arrived in New York City on the eve of the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning 16 years ago, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda attacked the United States.
We visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which was opened in memory of the events that killed 2,977 people. The museum was built at the site of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the attacks.
A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.
The announcement, which coincided with the resignation of the museum’s president and CEO, received a mixed reception from the local media industry.
Alex the wolf may appear as a shy individual. This one-year old gray wolf allows his fellows to take the first step closer to the fence, while he stays at a distance, lying gently on the ground. We the humans already stare fascinated at these animals.
“We don’t have a hardware problem. We have a software problem. We need to program our children for success.” - Eric Mahmoud.
Last week the WPI fellows visited Harvest Preparatory School and met with Eric Mahmoud, the director and founder of one of the best schools in the state of Minnesota. The Harvest Network of Schools include Harvest Preparatory School, Best Academy and Mastery School.
Local black activists are taking their push for change into different terrains in the Twin Cities, from the Minnesota State Fair to the classrooms of North Minneapolis. There is a color that marked two interesting initiatives we came to know first-hand: purple. As in Purple Rain, the most popular song from the late musician Prince, Minnesota’s most renowned artist.
It's happening, or has already happened, almost everywhere. During the five years I've been at my company we have had three rounds of redundancies. While we've been on this trip, two of the fellows have received news there will be layoffs at their organisation when they return home.
Here we are, after flying across several time zones, in Minneapolis, ready to learn about American culture and the development of journalism in this country. Let's face it: we started to "have fun" very soon, despite the time difference and the habits that each of us brought in the luggage. And we can all be on time when it is needed (and punctual too!).