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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Ninth Edition

MAY 18, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we get updated on the global issues that have been flying under the radar, bake a sourdough recipe tested and approved by CTWAC Education Director, Nicole Struth and more!

Weekly Episode

On our eighth episode — Dr. Derek Scissors, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), unpacks the impact COVID-19 has wreaked on two of the world’s largest economies – India and China. Moderated by CEO, Megan Clark Torrey. Stream Now.

Check out this recent article by Dr. Derek Scissors about how the U.S. should interact with China moving forward.

Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup:

Ever wonder what happened to the other global crises during the COVID-19 outbreak? Spoiler: they’re still happening
CSIS breaks down issues that have gone “Under the Radar”

Disrupted supply chains aren’t only impacting the general population. Check out how the pandemic has altered the criminal underworld
Rising violence is just one effect, according to Robert Muggah

Foreign Affairs looks at pandemic economics and how saving lives might be the best way to save livelihoods
If we don’t save lives, a lack of consumer safety will be the perception

Our strange behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models trained on normal human behavior
Will Douglas Heaven for MIT Technology Review

Bundesliga football league returned to play on Saturday. Read what it was actually like inside Germany’s ‘Ghost Games’
See why some people wore tracking devices

Weekly Entertainment


The third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy is finally here. Trace the final years of Thomas Cromwell’s rise and fall


On Being: A Life Worthy of our Breath

The On Being project interviews writer Ocean Vuong, Hartford native, about where the world is and where it’s going


North Korea’s Celebrity Defectors

Watch this episode of Our World, which follows two North Korean defectors that capitalize on their defector status


Toughest Quizzes: Languages

We know you might have all the knowledge there is on global languages. But do you really? Quiz yourself with this “non-trivial” language trivia


Sourdough Starter

You’ve heard about it. You’ve thought about it. Now it’s time to do it. Roll up your sleeves and try this easy sourdough bread starter recipe. And for new bakers, that means: NO yeast!

Global Good News

Studio Drift design studio uses drones to create beating heart as tribute to healthcare workers

Originally unveiled in 2017, Studio Drift’s Franchise Freedom drone performance creates a beating red heart in the sky using drones and lights. In this rendition in Rotterdam, the performance was dedicated to global healthcare workers.
Read more and watch the video.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

From announcing a new virtual Summer Institute to wrapping up a national ideas summit, here at the Council we’re creating new, diverse, and meaningful opportunities for you to engage with the world during this time. We also have exciting projects in the works we can’t wait to share with you. Thank you for the overwhelming support. Stay safe and well. 

Megan Torrey

Image Credits:
[1] Dr. Derek Scissors: American Enterprise Institute; [2] Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Yale; [3] Cargo ship: Rinson Chory on Unsplash; [4] Selfie Photo: BBC; [5] Sourdough Bread: Sharon Struth; [6] Drone Heart: Virtual Design Festival; [7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer; [8] Megan Headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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