How can fashion represent America in 2017?

NEW YORK — The last show here for the fall 2017 season was mounted Thursday afternoon by Marc Jacobs and was inspired by hip-hop. Jacobs saw the documentary “Hip-hop Evolution” several months ago, and it made him nostalgic for his high school years in New York — when rap was emerging as popular music, a new fashion aesthetic was being created, and the definition of Americana was shifting. His stripped-down production began at the stroke of the hour, when a single model began her walk across the cracked wooden floor of the…

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Melania Trump’s ‘America First’ Inaugural Wardrobe

WASHINGTON — In the end, she checked every box. Elegant, unexpected dress? Check. Unknown designer elevated to overnight sensation? Check. New York brand? Check. Implicit message about cooperation and embracing the melting pot? Check. When Melania Trump took the stage with her husband, President Trump, on Friday night for the inaugural balls, she demonstrated that, while she may have been out of the spotlight since the election, she hasn’t been sticking her head in the sand. She has been closely studying the vernacular of first lady dress. In an architectural…

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Higher education in Latin America must think global and act local

Following a huge expansion in the past 40 years, universities in Latin America today face three major challenges. First, they must improve access, so that young people can participate in higher education regardless of their social background, ethnic origin or financial means; second, they must improve the quality of teaching, to meet the needs of both local and global changes; and third, universities must strengthen the role of research and their links to local populations. As an example, Brazil, with a population of 200 million, has 7.3 million higher education students…

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America unites for peace in Colombia as country prepares to vote

Teacher unions of the Americas are campaigning in favour of the ‘Yes’ vote ahead of a crucial referendum that will put an end to more than five decades of war in Colombia. The peace treaty between the government of Colombia and FARC that was recently signed by President Santos and the armed group’s leadership will be subject to a national referendum on 2 October 2016. In this crucial context, Education International (EI)’s Colombian affiliate FECODE, which is supporting the peace agreement, has  launched a national campaign “FECODE dice SI a…

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