Taking readers on a tour of children’s art made made in places ranging from Nazi concentration camps to a besieged Ukraine, University of Dayton human rights fellow Paul Morrow details how the kids who put crayon to paper during wars often express a mix of horror, fear, hope and beauty.

It’s tempting to view these pieces as the product of some universal impulse to create and record. And they’re often leveraged to raise funds, pursue political goals, or arouse international sympathy. But to Morrow, their true value lies in their ability to transport viewers into a different world.

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In 1970, a 16-year-old Laotian boy drew a picture of his school being bombed. ‘Many people’ died, he wrote, ‘But I didn’t know who because I wasn’t courageous enough to look.’ Legacies of War

Whether in war-torn Ukraine, Laos or Spain, kids have felt compelled to pick up crayons and put their experiences to paper

Paul Morrow, University of Dayton

Their drawings and paintings often express a mix of horror, fear, hope and beauty.

Guided meditation being done through the use of online apps. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for POPSUGAR

How to know if your practice of Buddhism through listening to podcasts or use of meditation apps is ‘authentic’

Gregory Grieve, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.

An oil tank at Hungary’s Duna Refinery, which receives Russian crude oil through the Druzhba pipeline. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images

Europe is determined to cut fossil fuel ties with Russia, even though getting Hungary on board won’t be easy

Margarita Balmaceda, Seton Hall University

Former Soviet bloc nations have reason to worry about an embargo on Russian oil, but Europeans are finally recognizing the true costs of their longstanding energy dependence on Russia.


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