Best of In House

During this holiday week, The Common is presenting highlights from the past year.  Today we present highlights from our weekly staff column, In House.

Check out Sonya Chung’s piece “Annals of Mobility: On Youth, Adventures, and the Territories of Adulthood” and Melody Nixon’s “Finding Common Ground: Aurora, Nebraska”.

 

Photograph by Raphael Matto

Best of In House

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