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Painting showing boy sitting in tree by mountain (© Katsushika Hokusai/Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art)

Hokusai: ‘Mad about painting’ exhibition in Washington

Japanese master artist Hokusai was a "man mad about painting." And a new exhibition at the Freer Gallery shows how brilliant an obsession it was.
People clearing debris from collapsed building (© Julie Denesha/Getty Images)

Humanitarian causes unite people of all faiths

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
Line of people and large cross silhouetted at sunrise (© Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Religious celebrations and culture in the U.S.

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
Photos of a church and a congregation attending church (© Tri-Faith Initiative)

U.S. Christians, Jews and Muslims pioneer multifaith project

In the unique Tri-Faith Initiative, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders have located their congregations on the same campus.
Man looking at museum exhibition (© Joel Mason-Gaines, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Protecting religious freedom: ‘Inaction is not an option’

The State Department's second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom gathers hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds to discuss freedom of religion.
Artwork depicting lives of Chinese empresses (© The Palace Museum)

China’s last empresses debut in U.S. exhibit

Beijing's Palace Museum has lent the Smithsonian paintings, embroidered gowns and other items dating from China's Qing Dynasty for an exhibit on empresses.
Statistics on human trafficking and photo of hand (State Dept.; Image © Shutterstock / 271 EAK MOTO (/g/eak+moto))

Help stop modern-day slavery. Download this poster.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it happens everywhere — possibly in your neighborhood. Learn what you can do to stop it.
Ahmad Ashkar leaning on a table, with Falafel Inc. logo painted on the wall behind him (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Selling falafel, helping refugees

Ahmad Ashkar sells falafel. He makes money and feeds refugees at the same time. It's a new business model, and it's working.
Woman holding a plant and stick (Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)

Turning plants into fuel

Four U.S. research centers are developing technologies that can turn certain plants — such as switchgrass, poplar or sorghum — into biofuels.