A Mardi Gras Photo Retrospective

All around the world this week, people celebrated the final days before Lent, a 40-day fast that is typically associated with Catholicism. National Geographic News featured these photos on their website today and I would like to share them with all of you. Compare these photos with the ones featured on the guest blog about Mardi Gras celebrations here in the United States. Enjoy!

090224-01-mardi-gras_big.jpgFebruary 23, 2009–Above, a dancer fearlessly performs atop an intimidating float during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday. 
–Photograph by Natacha Pisarenko/AP

090224-02-mardi-gras_big.jpgFebruary 22, 2009–Clouds of fire emanate from the mouth of a performer in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday.

The city’s version of Carnival was declared a “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2003, which means the international organization urges protection of the event as a cultural treasure.

–Photograph by Fernando Vergara/AP

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Baltimore Festival of Maps

I recently got the opportunity to visit the Baltimore Festival of Maps at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore,MD. Organized by the Field Museum and Newberry Library in Chicago, the main exhibit, “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World,” is the largest and most diverse map display since the Baltimore’s map festival over 50 years ago. The unique exhibit has brought in higher than projected … Continue reading Baltimore Festival of Maps

Can the Power of Film Bring the World Together?

PANGEA DAY – May 10 Next Saturday 24 short films, 7 concerts, and 13 visionary speeches will be broadcast simultaneously around the world. This global event, called Pangea Day in reference to the ancient super-landmass that all the current continents once comprised, seeks to overcome borders, difference, and conflict by allowing people to see the world through others’ eyes. The featured films include animated shorts, … Continue reading Can the Power of Film Bring the World Together?