Can We Build A Better Summer Olympics? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Can We Build A Better Summer Olympics?

The joys of the Summer Olympics are singular: the one time every four years millions of people tune into track and field and swimming; the sight of stars from rival basketball, baseball, and soccer clubs coming together to represent their countries; learning (and then forgetting) the rules of synchronized swimming and the difference between platform and springboard diving. The Olympics, …

How Can Humans Coexist with Monster Wildfires? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Can Humans Coexist With Monster Wildfires?

From Australia to the Amazon to the American West, megafires—wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres of land—have grown so frequent, large, and deadly that they’ve forced a reevaluation of how human societies coexist with fire. In a warming world, governments are confronting whether we must retreat from certain places to survive in a fierier world. Have fires become too …

What Can Poetry Offer Us in Distressing Times? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

What Can Poetry Offer Us in Distressing Times?

“in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.”

So wrote Adrienne Rich in her poem “What Kind of Times Are These?” Human beings, when faced with difficulty and uncertainty, seek meaning, connection and perspective in cooking, faith or music. But in the most challenging situations, poetry plays a special role, helping us name …

How Do Oppressed People Build Community? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Do Oppressed People Build Community?

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was a city of opportunity for African Americans. Leaving the surrounding cotton fields behind, they built churches, schools, clubs, and businesses; they were tied together by Friday night football games, dance halls, a newspaper, and charitable organizations. At the same time, Hattiesburg, like the rest of the South, was a …

How Can We Make Farm Work Healthier? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Can We Make Farm Work Healthier?

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More than half of our nation’s fruits and vegetables are produced by California workers—who often risk their health to put food on our tables. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, farmworkers have been designated “essential workers” along with doctors and nurses. Yet most farmworkers lack health care coverage, even as they …

How Music Heals—and How It Can Help Us Find Solace in the Time of Coronavirus | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Does Music Change Your Brain?

EVENT UPDATE: 

As a convener of public events in the city of Los Angeles, we want you, our audience, to know that we are committed to the health and well-being of our community. The situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing, and the California Public Health Department has issued guidance pertaining to events in areas with potential community spread.

With …