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Doing What We Can – The reFRESH

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Photo by Neil Thomas Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re looking to our past, acknowledging where problems persist, and doing what we can to make change in a positive direction. What we’re checking out… Our top recommendation this week is The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Every essay, photo series, and poem is worth absorbing […]

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With Liberty & Reproductive Justice For All – The reFRESH

Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re talking media representation, celebrating girl power, and standing strong in the face of ever-more bleak news. What we’re checking out… The world is on fire. Literally. But also figuratively. Extreme abortion laws are being passed in multiple states in an attempt to […]

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New Congress, who dis? – The reFRESH

Photo by Vanity Fair / Martin Schoeller Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re celebrating the dawn of a new era as the most diverse U.S. Congress in history is sworn in and gets to work. What we’re checking out… As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi pointed out, 2019 marks the hundredth anniversary of (white) women earning […]

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This Season, Show You Really Do Care – The reFRESH

Photo via Ben Smith/The Daily Iowan Written by Jackson Bird This week we’re appreciating often overlooked workers, rolling our eyes at misogyny, and doing our best to find stories of holiday cheer in this challenging time. What we’re checking out… Politico interviewed fifty women from across various roles and ideologies about their experiences with structural bias and […]

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Meet the 2018 Class of FRESH Speakers

Colored portraits of FRESH Speaker's new 2018 class

What do an astrophysicist, rural revitalizer, and religious scholar have in common? Besides the fact that they’re all making incredible contributions to the world, FRESH Speakers is thrilled to welcome them as our 2018 class. Let’s face it, 2018 has been an unusually intense year. The threats and injustice we face these days can make […]

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