OCTOBER 26, 2020
In this edition of Comm(Unity), we recap last week’s conversation on the future of work with Ravi Kumar, Infosys, chronicle indigenous protests in Colombia and welcome home (to earth, that is) three astronauts quarantined in space.
On our latest episode — In a time of rapid change, how will COVID-19 transform the way we work? We talk with Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys, on everything from digital transformation to post-pandemic economic recovery and the future of work. Moderated by Megan Clark Torrey, CEO.
Follow up by reading this recent New York Times article with Ravi Kumar, talking about lifelong learning and radical reskilling
Weekly Article Roundup
Follow along with the CTWAC staff on this week’s article roundup (with some special recommendations!):
Nigerians are protesting and demanding the end of the notorious police unit, SARS–the Special Anti-Robbery Squad–citing police brutality
Learn more about SARS and how the protests have broadened
Whoever defines the tech world first will have an advantage, sparking a new global competition that requires techno-democracies to cooperate
Read about how to build digital, multilateral cooperation in this realm
Global protests continue, this time in the Colombian capital Bogotá, over the increasing killings of indigenous leaders in their territories
Over 6,000 indigenous Colombians traveled over 375 miles to the capital
South Korea is caught in a precarious position between China and the United States but there are opportunities to be found in the rivalry
There is a lot to unpack in Seoul’s delicate balancing act
Sudan has been taken of the U.S. State Sponsor of Terrorism list after 27-years, but what does this actually mean for the African country?
Normalized relations with Israel will probably come soon
Dive into this timely book addressing where the red/blue political lines lie in swing states and why
The Smithsonian has over 155 million treasures in its vaults. Sidedoor gives the public a look at these otherwise unseen stories
Watch this short PBS report on how three weeks of fighting have devastated the region
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The UK’s Natural History Museum has chosen its wildlife photographer of the year — check out the winning shot here
Ina Garten brings us this week’s recipe with a buttery, flaky apple tart topped with an apricot glaze that’s as sure to impress guests as it is to taste amazing!
Global Good News
Three astronauts are returning home after waiting out most of the pandemic in space
Since early April, three astronauts have been on the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy even posted some pictures of him wearing a mask, “training” himself for his new reality on earth after he returns!
Check in next week for another CTWAC exclusive cartoon:
Last week we conducted Model United Nations officer interviews and chose the 2020 class of MUN officers! Our officers lead the committee discussions and debates throughout the conference. We are so proud of our students who continue to advance their futures and change the world in the midst of the other challenges they face during the pandemic.
P.S. we have our voting plans prepared–we hope you do too. Vote!
Director of Education and Special Projects
Image Credits:  Ravi Kumar: Infosys;  Vote: Canva;  Moon Jae-In and Xi Jinping: Council on Foreign Relations;  Sidedoor: Smithsonian Institution;  Apple Tart: Quentin Bacon via Barefoot Contessa;  Chris Cassidy: Chris Cassidy twitter @Astro_SEAL;  Cartoon: Caroline Schaefer;  Nicole Struth: Caroline Schaefer
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