#InContext: Alexander Hamilton

By: TAYLOR KING Few Founding Fathers faced the tragedy, hardship, and adversity Alexander Hamilton encountered throughout his life. Unlike many of his fellow revolutionaries, his story is not one of wealth or nobility. Rather, it is one of bravery and brash persistence. He spent his life fighting systems of tyranny, corruption, and inequality, because he … Continue reading #InContext: Alexander Hamilton

#InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

By: RACHEL HEWS On April 12, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. was sent to a Birmingham, Alabama, jail, where he would spend the following eight days. The cause? Protesting without a permit. At the time, King had been leading the Civil Rights Movement for nearly a decade, with little progress to show. Congress passed the … Continue reading #InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

#InContext: Lin-Manuel Miranda

By: TAYLOR KING Lin-Manuel Miranda opens his eyes, releases his grip from the metro handle, and walks through the doors of the train car as they open onto the platform in New York City. Daydreaming is typical for the 38-year-old creator of Hamilton: An American Musical and In the Heights. From recording ballads on the metro … Continue reading #InContext: Lin-Manuel Miranda

#InContext: Henry David Thoreau

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Henry David Thoreau was born July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. Born into a family of pencil makers, this perhaps fostered the future author’s gift for writing. At age 11, his parents sent him to grammar school at Concord Academy, where he excelled enough to enter Harvard University in 1833, at the … Continue reading #InContext: Henry David Thoreau

#InContext: Victor Hugo

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Victor Hugo was born into a world of war on February 26, 1802, in Besançon, France. His father, a general in Napoleon’s army, moved their family often and clashed with his royalist mother. His parents had a tumultuous relationship without a great depth of love, so it was perhaps the beauty of … Continue reading #InContext: Victor Hugo

#InContext: Henrik Ibsen

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Henrik Ibsen was a revolutionary without ever picking up a sword. He was born March 20, 1828, in Skien, Norway. Gripped by poverty, at age 15, Ibsen moved to a coastal town where he worked as an apothecary’s apprentice and studied to get into university. Even through these busy times, he managed … Continue reading #InContext: Henrik Ibsen

Ugandan TIP Training Concludes with Call for Trauma-Informed Approach

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS There is reason for continued optimism in the fight against human trafficking in Uganda. The Honorable The Chief Justice of Uganda Bart M. Katureebe called together more than 140 high-level judicial officers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other leaders for a two-day Trafficking in Persons (TIP) training on March 15-16, in Kampala. The … Continue reading Ugandan TIP Training Concludes with Call for Trauma-Informed Approach

#InContext: William Faulkner

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT William Faulkner, winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, owes a great deal of success to his upbringing. Born William Falkner on September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi. Faulkner later moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he drew inspiration for the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, the setting of many of his novels. … Continue reading #InContext: William Faulkner

#InContext: Gandhi

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Mahatma (“the great soul”) Gandhi exemplifies the power of a peaceful leader. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869, Gandhi grew up in a home filled with tradition. His mother raised him in  Vaishnavism, a Hindu sect that practiced vegetarianism, nonviolence, and fasting. These principles Gandhi learned as a child would guide him … Continue reading #InContext: Gandhi