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This fall, The Trump administration announced the U.S. is withdrawing from UNESCO.
Penn GSE’s Dan Wagner, a Special Advisor to UNESCO’s Director-General, argues in an op-ed for The Hill that this decision is a mistake. [[image|right|faculty=4982|caption=Dr. Dan Wagner]]
“The truth is that the U.S. needs UNESCO more than UNESCO needs the United States.
In June of this year, Penn GSE’s Dan Wagner was appointed Special Advisor to Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. Throughout his career, Wagner has focused on problems of literacy in the developing world through applied research and advising international agencies, governments, and non-profits.
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These days, Hannah Brenneman is busy polishing up on her Spanish and preparing for her new role as a teaching ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in Mexico.
As the world becomes more connected, people from different countries, who speak different languages, need to find ways to communicate. Yumi Matsumoto examines how people from diverse backgrounds use English as a lingua franca to bridge these linguistic and cultural divides.
[[image|left|faculty=5797|caption=Dr. Yumi Matsumoto]]
[[image|left|faculty=5031|caption=Dr. Nancy Hornberger]]
When she was a girl, Nelly Toll painted bright pictures. She painted women with print dresses and parasols, and a princess who invited Cinderella to her castle for piano concerts. She did not paint self-portraits, or the small room in Poland where she and her mother, both Jewish, hid in 1943 and 1944.
“There is no evidence in the pictures of war, even though any minute our door might have opened to let the Nazis in,” Toll recently told the New York Times.