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The Dey House, a 140-year-old mansion, is home to the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, one of the oldest MFA writing programs in the country. Director Lan Samantha Chang — who attended the workshop as a student — has made it a priority to attract students and faculty from diverse backgrounds to the program. Linda Kahlbaugh/AP hide caption

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Bochan Huy is part of a community of Cambodian-American musicians, remixing and reviving psychedelic hits from 1960s Cambodia. Mark Shelby Perry/Bochan Huy hide caption

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A protester holds up a clenched fist in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Hope House campers wear tie-dye shirts they made to the last day of camp at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

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Georgia National Guard Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs uses many hair products to do her daily hair treatment at her home in Atlanta on April 2. Jacobs railed against a military policy that placed heavy restrictions on how women could wear their hair. The policy has been overturned by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Hyosub Shin/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Doug Brinson sits on a stoop next to a makeshift memorial for Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. Garner died after he was put in a chokehold by police officers while being arrested at the site last month for selling untaxed loose cigarettes. His death has been ruled a homicide. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Alva Earley shows off his diploma after receiving it from Galesburg Superintendent Bart Arthur. Evan Temchin/Knox College hide caption

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An inmate walks through the yard at the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, which recently switched to private management. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The researchers found that most neighborhoods in Chicago that have seen dramatic gentrification are neighborhoods that were not predominantly black. Darwin Bell/Flickr hide caption

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Black Jesus is the latest from Aaron McGruder, who created the politically charged comic strip and animated series The Boondocks. Adult Swim hide caption

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Zoe Saldana appears in the 2013 film Star Trek: Into Darkness with (from left) Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and John Cho. Industrial Light & Magic/AP hide caption

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