Weightlifter Norik Vardanian (© AP Images)

How a dual citizen of the U.S. and Armenia looks to...

If you are a citizen of two countries, who do you represent in the Olympics? Norik Vardanian from Armenia can tell you! Learn about his road to Rio.
Woman trying on hat while looking in mirror (© Chris Sorensen/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Muslim stars are rising on American stages and screens

Muslim actors, directors, singers and comedians are representing their experiences more authentically in Hollywood and on Broadway. Learn more here.
Line of people viewing erupting geyser (© Dave Stamboulis/Alamy)

The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

July 31 is World Ranger Day! Learn about five of America's most visited national parks (there are 423 parks total) and what keeps guests coming back.
Pompeo quote on Iran's crackdown on religious minorities, photo of woman lighting candles (© Ebrahim Norooz/AP Images)

Persecution of the faithful in Iran

The State Department shines a spotlight on the Iranian regime's deadly suppression of religious freedom among its citizens.
Brick building with white columns and dome seen through red flowers (© parkerphotography/Alamy)

Memorials can make history more inclusive

Learn how the current push for racial equality in the United States is prompting Americans to rethink their memorials and commemorations.
President Obama wearing academic robe at podium, gesturing (© AP Images)

For college grads, a few words of advice

President Obama and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were among the speakers who spoke to graduating college students this year.
People looking at a table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.
Painting of sleeping woman wearing hat with flag motif (Library of Congress)

How American art was shaped by World War I [video]

World War I had a lasting impact on the American art scene, from recruitment posters to novels and movies. Here's a glimpse into some of that art.
Man standing on street lined with hurricane debris from houses (Nechama — Jewish Response to Disaster)

Faith-based charities, lending a helping hand

All denominations turn out to help people in times of disaster, like in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U.S.