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Comm(Unity) Weekly: Classrooms, COVID-19, and the Future of Education

JULY 27, 2020

In this edition of Comm(Unity), we bring you a recap of our recent event on the future of education. We also look at how Uruguay has emerged as a “winner” in the pandemic, present a fun game that teaches coding in the process and learn why a man sings to his konnyaku potatoes.

Weekly Episode

On the latest episode — All around the world, students, teachers, and communities are asking the same question – what will the classroom look like this fall? Recap the answer to this question and more with Emiliana Vegas, PhD, senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.

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Read more on re-opening schools amid a global pandemic and insights from Denmark and Finland in this recent article by Emiliana Vegas

Weekly Article Roundup

Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup (with some special recommendations!):

Despite its shared border with Brazil, Uruguay has kept the pandemic under control and finds itself as a so-called winner in the pandemic
Read more about how the country has managed to fend off the virus

How should the U.S. deal with mounting cyber threats? Private lawsuits against nation-states are not the answer, according to Lawfare
Learn about the HACT Act and what other options we have to fight cybercrime

With better implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Act, passed in 2017, Washington could act as a model for the world
See what this comprehensive law does for women in leadership positions

For years, U.S. policymakers have tried to preserve “strategic stability” but Foreign Affairs argues technologies disrupt the nuclear balance
What will the age of strategic instability look like?

China has launched its first rover mission, dubbed Tianwen-1 (Questions to Heaven) to Mars, an amazing feat for the relatively-new space program
This comes as the UAE recently launched a satellite towards Mars as well

Weekly Entertainment


In 1933, William E. Dodd became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany. Read more about this time period’s events as they happened in real time


American Fiasco

Ever wonder how not to win the World Cup? Roger Bennett revisits the U.S. Men’s Soccer team’s bid for the 1998 global tournament


Zero Days

Learn more about the black ops cyber-attack, known as Stuxnet, that the U.S. and Israel launched on an Iranian nuclear facility in this political documentary


CSS Diner

Try to level up in this coding game that teaches you the basics of CSS and becomes progressively harder


Grilled Peach Toast With Pimiento Cheese

For Todd Richards, tradition is an aesthetic in modern cooking. For this dish he pulls from his West African roots where mixing sweet and savory is a constant in coastal African cooking

Global Good News

Why This Japanese Farmer Plays Music for His Konnyaku Potatoes

Konnyaku potatoes are not really potatoes, but they are a necessity in Japanese cooking. Kunihiko Ishii grows his own konnyaku potatoes and, you guessed it, plays music for them. So why does he do this seemingly-strange ritual? Watch the video to see for yourself.
Watch Now.

Weekly Cartoon

Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:

Courtesy of Caroline Schaefer

We hope you are all enjoying your summer. Thank you for allowing us to continue to bring you the most cutting edge and up-to-date ideas, thinkers, and leaders from around the world.

Megan Clark Torrey

Image Credits:

[1] Emiliana Vegas: The Brookings Institution
[2] Ambassador Huang Ping: UPenn
[3] Luis Lacalle Pou: QTHCCAN via Wikimedia Commons
[4] Soccer players: Daniel Muzio/ Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune
[5] Peach toast: Greg DuPree via Epicurious
[6] Konnyaku potatoes: Great Big Story via YouTube
[7] Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer
[8] Megan Headshot: Caroline Schaefer

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