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  • Playwright Annie Baker uses artful words and powerful silences to redefine live theater.

  • Women are gaining prominence in roles behind and in front of the camera, especially in the world of television.

  • American author Nnedi Okorafor uses fantasy to tell tales of life in Africa and to confront the continent’s social issues.

  • Women film directors in the United States are carving out a space for themselves, but are yet to receive full recognition for their efforts.

  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., represents traditional and modern women artists from around the world, while catalyzing social change.

  • A review of Sherry Turkle’s book, “Alone Together,” which explores how technology is changing the human psyche and impacting our lives.

  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art makes its entire collection available to people as responses to text messages.

  • The Maccabeats a cappella group mixes music with Jewish humor to create a phenomenon with universal appeal.

  • American journalist Victoria Lautman writes about the famous and the forgotten stepwells of India in her book, “The Vanishing Stepwells of India.”

  • Latin dance styles, growing from South American, African and European traditions, make a splash in the United States.

  • Thrity Umrigar’s novels explore the cultural divide between India and the United States through universal human experiences and relatable characters.  

  • Japanese anime and manga have influenced the readership of American science fiction, fantasy and comics.

  • Whether hugely popular or under the radar, American musical styles draw inspiration from different countries and cultures.

  • MIT Ohms, the first-ever South Asian a cappella group, blends Bollywood hits with Western pop to create its own modern music.

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