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by Meagan Doll

While many university students were finding routine in another fall semester, a group of students at University of North Carolina and Syracuse University immediately began brainstorming ways to visually represent Liberia’s Ebola outbreak. UNC’s Steven King and Syracuse’s Ken Harper teamed up after the Liberian Ministry of Information requested the project from Harper, who made […] more »


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Spain’s Security Law Would Restrict Free Speech, Press

Sandra Ordonez, Dec 17, 2014

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