Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

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Children's Books | Four books from Christian authors
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/26/19, 01:16 pm

Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat 

Andrew Wilson

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Facebook/Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies

Off-balance instruction

Education | The federal government warns colleges about pro-Islam, anti-Semitic courses
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/25/19, 03:28 pm

A Middle Eastern studies program may lose its federal funding for emphasizing cultural content and Islam over language instruction.

The federal government gives $235,000 a year to the joint Middle Eastern studies program at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The money, appropriated under Title VI of the Education Act of 1965, is supposed to help colleges teach foreign languages to students in furtherance of U.S. security and economic interests.

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Wrestling with death

Media | Increasing interest in Día de Muertos reveals a cultural desire to reckon with mortality
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/20/19, 12:35 pm

The sugar skull, an emblem of Mexican folk holiday Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is this year’s must-have Halloween decor, plastered on succulent vases, wreaths, mugs, and pillowcases. Mattel recently announced its new Day of the Dead Barbie, adorned with a floral dress and a skull-painted face, and Nike released a tennis shoe in honor of the holiday, with colorful piping and ever-so-faint sugar skulls.

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