Weekly Warm-Up: Some Mardi Gras Thoughts and Memories

Mardi Gras 2016 is this Tuesday—laissez les bon temps rouler! This terrific post about Mardi Gras in the U.S. was written by Rebecca Sheehan, Ph.D., back in 2009. Dr. Sheehan is an associate professor of geography at Oklahoma State University. The French Quarter is the quintessential center of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and traditionally what people associate with the celebration. Here, debauchery is at … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Some Mardi Gras Thoughts and Memories

Can a Mobile Phone Spark Development?

By Ryan Schleeter, National Geographic Imagine a platform powerful enough to help first responders direct aid in conflict zones, fuel civil society, encourage participation in young democracies, and provide crucial access to information for underserved communities—all at a rapid pace and at the touch of a button. Now imagine this platform is already in your pocket. More than three billion people worldwide already have mobile … Continue reading Can a Mobile Phone Spark Development?