ABSTRACT - Understanding how Members of Congress (MCs) distribute their political attention is key to a number of areas of political science research including agenda setting, framing, and issue evolution. Tweets illuminate what lawmakers are paying attention to by aggregating information from newsletters, press releases, and floor debates to provide a birds-eye view of a lawmaker’s...

ABSTRACT - Understanding how political attention is divided and over what subjects is crucial for research on areas such as agenda setting, framing, and political rhetoric. Existing methods for measuring attention, such as manual labeling according to established codebooks, are expensive and can be restrictive. We describe two computational models that automatically distinguish topi...

August 10, 2016

Greece Dancing its way to Vision of a Shared Future - Image by Nadir Noori.  On July 22nd, somewhere between 100 and 200 people gathered to celebrate Greek and Afghan dances, music, and culture at Kipaki, a small garden north of Platia Exarchia owned by Steki Metanaston Migrant Social Center in Athens, Greece. 

Early in the evening, the celebration looked sparse, but at around 1...

Last Thursday (July 7, 2016) I had the chance to dance with a group of incredible women at Melissa Network's space close to Victoria Square in Athens, Greece.

Melissa Network is a network of migrant women in Greece dedicated to promoting empowerment, communication and active citizenship. Their space at Victoria Square opened during the summer of last year, providing a safe gathe...

April 4, 2016

Lola Kiepja, Moondog, and Crying Babies Image by Smithsonian Folkways. While watching Anabella and AL / DD dancers continue to recreate and rediscover Pachamama: Mother World, it occurred to me how vital the work’s soundscape is in supporting the emotional journey that Pachamama embodies. The music acts as an integral background to the visual counterpoint of the dancers’ movements...

March 27, 2016



On Becoming a Fox, an Enigma, and a Cuckold - Photo by Anabella Lenzu. Welcome to part two of our dancer interviews! You may recall that in part one, apprentices lent some fascinating insight to the intellectual and emotional processes involved in dancing Pachamama: Mother World


In part two, you’ll notice that dancers Sydney, Graham, Erik, and Kara focus on the challen...

March 20, 2016



Babies, Bloodlines, and Your Inner Chicken - Photo by Anabella Lenzu. “My emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination, on understanding the impulses generated by movements and gestures. I am constantly searching for authentic and honest movement. Derived from our most basic impulses, my dances use this principle to examine relationships between the individual and s...

March 9, 2016



An exploration of Dance Theatre as well as an anthropologic study - Image by Anabella Lenzu. Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama is getting ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary as a company through recreating its seminal work, Pachamama: Mother World.


Pachamama: Mother World was first choreographed by Anabella in residence at DUO Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC) and Envoy Enterprises, NY...

January 4, 2016


Jean Butler: this is an Irish dance @ Danspace Project - Photo of Neil Martin and Jean Butler in rehearsal in Dublin, Ireland courtesy of Jean Butler. A few weeks ago, Jean Butler performed this is an Irish dance at Danspace Project. Jean, a dancer and performer of forty years, began training as an Irish dancer. She and Michael Flatley are now well known for their role in defining...

December 16, 2015



H.O.M.E. in Dance: Interview with Choreographer Yasmin Schönmann - Angela Schöpke sits down for a conversation with Yasmin Schönmann, curator and choreographer of dance performance and film series, H.O.M.E. H.O.M.E. featured an evening of live dance performances and dance films developed by an international team of choreographers, presented on July 30th, 2015 at Einstein Theater i...

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