Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein

Digital Editor/Reporter

The World

Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein is a digital editor and writer from Skokie, Illinois (USA). Her writing on arts, culture, religion, spirituality, education and global politics appears in Al Jazeera English, CNN-Explore Parts Unknown, Atlas Obscura, National Public Radio, BRIGHT, Selamta, Saveur, Hemispheres, and PassBlue, among others. Amanda served as the regional editor for sub-Saharan Africa with Global Voices and was based in Zanzibar for 10 years before moving back to the Midwest. 

"I'll Have What She's Having" is an exhibit that explores the history of Jewish delis in America.

Jewish American delis: A story of culture, community and survival


Food is, of course, an important part of culture. A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, is exploring the role delis have played in Jewish culture and history. In America, many delis were founded by Holocaust survivors.

Lt. Col. Manuel E. Lichtenstein interacts with children in southern Italy, 1945.

American World War II doctor in Italy captures scenes of wartime beyond the front lines 

Traveling monks work on a sand mandala at Lake Street Church in Evanston, Illinois.

Tibetan monks on tour in US as China continues to restrict religion in Tibet

Sacred Nation

World’s faith leaders convene to ‘fight against authoritarianism’

Students at the International People's College head off to class.

Danish folk high schools offer lessons in peace in times of war

At Copenhagen's central train station, Ukraine's flag wave side by side with Denmark's flag in a sign of solidarity seen all over the city.

Denmark welcomes Ukrainians under special law — with an expiration date


Denmark passed a special law last year that allows Ukrainians to bypass the asylum system and expedite the process of obtaining a two-year residency permit. But when the law expires in 2024, it remains unclear whether Denmark’s centrist government — with its overall, hard-line stance against immigration — will extend these temporary protections for Ukrainians.

"The Glass Castle," by Dmytro Moldovanov, seen at "The Muses are Not Silent" exhibition at Ukraine House in Denmark, Copenhagen, May 17, 2023.

‘The muses are not silent’: Ukraine House in Denmark offers space for arts, cultural exchange and dialogue


Ukraine House in Denmark opened its doors on Feb. 24 this year, on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion in Ukraine, with the aim to promote Ukraine’s cultural heritage and organize creative Danish-Ukrainian collaborations.

The common house is the heart of the Hallingelille ecovillage community in rural Ringsted, Denmark.

A ‘green road’ leads displaced Ukrainians to shelter in ecovillages


The Green Road project has helped over 3,000 displaced Ukrainians find safe housing in ecovillages throughout Ukraine and across Europe — including the idyllic, rural community of Hallingelille, just outside of Ringsted, in Denmark. The project is a testament to the power of international friendships and networks in times of crisis. 

Amma embraces a devotee surrounded by others in orange and white robes

A small, Catholic, Midwestern farming town embraces an Indian ‘hugging saint’

Lifestyle & Belief

Devotees believe that a single hug from Amma — known as a “universal mother” plugged into a divine, infinite energy source — can heal the world.

Two medical staff wear face masks at hospital.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to neighboring Uganda, activating rapid preparedness response

Health & Medicine

After a boy and his grandmother traveling from DR Congo into Uganda die from Ebola, these cases confirm fears that the Ebola virus could spread from DR Congo to Uganda, due to frequent, informal and porous cross-border migration.