Happening in the World: A Kenyan high court lifted the ban on ‘Rafiki’, which focuses on a same-sex relationship between characters Kena and Ziki. The film was banned “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law” as stated by the film board. The film was originally screened at the Cannes Film Festival because it was not allowed to be screened in Kenya. But it will be screened in Nairobi this week, making it eligible for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
Happening in the US: Earlier this month, The Sunspot Solar Observatory in Sacramento Peak, New Mexico was closed for 11 days for seemingly unknown reasons Many conspiracy theorists claimed that UFOs, aliens, and extraterrestrial activity were the cause of the closure. Unfortunately, it was discovered that the Observatory was closed because the FBI was investigating an individual using the Observatory’s internet to download and distribute child pornography.
Happening in NYC: The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly began on Tuesday, causing a slew of street closures around Lower Manhattan in order to provide security and limit public interactions with the nearly 200 dignitaries that are expected to attend. Police have stated that they are aware of at least 60 protests that are occurring in the two weeks while the United Nations General Assembly will be in session.
Happening on Campus: Climate Week NYC is being kicked off on Monday with a panel called ‘Fighting Back Against Attacks on Climate Science.’ Panelists will discuss climate science’s relation to current policy debates. The event is on a registration basis, however, due to popular demand will also be live-streamed.
Documentary of the Week: NOVA: Treasures of the Earth (Gems), although all of the episodes in the Treasures of the Earth series are interesting, gems are super weird in how they are created and diamonds actually aren’t that rare (it’s just that one company has the monopoly over diamonds), but opal is! They are also pretty to look at.
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