First performed at London’s Whitehall Palace, Shakespeare’s Othello—a timeless story of jealousy, betrayal, and racism—is still studied and debated today. The play is likely an adaptation of a short story by Italian writer Cinthio called “Un Capitano Moro” and may have been inspired by certain events of the day—such as the arrival of a Moorish delegation in London in 1600. In Shakespeare’s tale, the protagonist strangles his wife, but in Cinthio’s story, she is killed in what brutal way? Discuss
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International Arts and Crafts Fair

The International Arts and Crafts Fair in Burkina Faso, which takes place in the capital city, Ouagadougou, is part of a national development plan that heavily promotes the African handicraft sector. Along with showcasing the works of Burkinabé craftspeople, the 10-day exposition also displays crafts from over 30 other African countries as well as European and Asian nations. It is one of the world’s largest handicraft fairs. Exporters from all over the world have traveled to the fair to peruse the many statues, textiles, leatherwork, jewelry, pottery, and ceramics on display. Discuss
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Grantland Rice (1880)

Born in Tennessee, Rice began his career as a reporter with the Nashville News in 1901 before moving to New York. There, he became known as the “Dean of American Sportswriters.” For decades, he was in charge of selecting the All-American football team for Collier’s magazine. In his widely syndicated column, “The Sportlight,” Rice coined some of sports’ most memorable phrases. What famous quote about winning and losing is derived from one of Rice’s poems? Discuss
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