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Hey Zuckerberg, Here's a Suggestion: Add a Classic to Amp Up Your Book Club

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Christopher B. Nelson

That a famous young CEO is encouraging people of all ages to engage with books--any kind of books--is good thing. It demonstrates that even a busy executive with a household name recognizes the benefits of taking time out of his day to enjoy literature that provides a bit of reflection. It would be even more encouraging if he would add some classics to his list.

7 Essential Thanksgiving-Travel Reads | Posted 01.21.2015 | Travel

Rule no. 1 of in-flight entertainment: Don't rely on the in-flight movie. While you're traveling for the holidays--whether it's to a tropical beach or your in-laws suburban house three states away--we recommend snagging a great read instead.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

10 Greatest Travel Books Of All Time

Budget Travel | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Despite their differences in genre and style, these books all give an unforgettable sense of place -- whether that place is a small patch of ground, an entire continent, or just the wrinkles of the writer's mind.

The Miracle of Imagination

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Both imagination and wonder can be nurtured by stories from our childhood, by fairy tales, by books, dramas, and musical performances -- in short, by exposure to the great and the beautiful in any form.

Investing in a Liberal Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

The separation of knowledge into categories frustrates the human desire for unity. Each of us is a student of the world, a whole individual trying to make integral sense of the world, and striving to make that world our own.

Flawed From the Start: The President's New Plan for Higher Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

All of us know that more must be done. But is this plan a good solution? The "best value" rating system may seem plausible at first glance, but there can be no doubt that it will do much unintended harm to higher education in America.

The World's Longest Running Seminar on Free Government

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

It is our civic duty to promote and participate in this uniquely American conversation, and to bequeath the continuing inquiry to the next generation.

The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 09.14.2013 | College
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Without a seismic change in values that venerates historical cultures of excellence in conjunction with a celebration of scientific, professional, and technical achievement, there can be no restoration of the humanities.

HuffPost Readers Respond: What Book Changed Your Life?

Posted 09.29.2011 | Books

We all have them, those books that you feel changed some aspect of you or shaped you as a person. Lately, we've been curious as to what they are. ...

Do Books Influence Where You Go On Vacation?

Posted 09.27.2011 | Books

Like movies and TV, books have a way of reaching into our subconcious and taking hold, influencing our decisions on everything from what to wear, what...

Reading Plato With Columbia Students

Megan Doherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Megan Doherty

I faced my first Core Curriculum class at Columbia last week armed with the names of my 20 students and a heavily annotated copy of Plato's Republic.

Salinger, Huxley, Steinbeck: Great Books Hated During Their Time

Cracked | Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Many, if not most, of the books you were handed in high school as required reading were hated by critics and readers alike when they first hit shelves...

5 Great Books For Strong, Adventurous, Smart Young Girls

Flashlight Worthy Books | Leah Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are nice stories, but if you want your daughter to dream of more than just kissing the prince, the following books may ...

Huffington Post Readers' Picks: 13 Great Overlooked Books By Famous Authors (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last week, we posted a list of 12 great books by famous authors that are often overlooked by popular culture, and we were happy to see that HuffPost r...

Competition is NOT Healthy

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

Competition is not health for you or your company and I know you've been told the exact opposite your whole life. But if you look at the most success...

3 Short Books To Live By (And They're Not On Any Bestseller List)

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rabbi David Wolpe

There are some books that really can change your life. They are not written to the demands of the bestseller list. They are short, borne out of deep experience, and filled with wisdom.

Read All Day: And I Did

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In the past year I have read a book a day. Every day for 365 days. I didn't just read, I also wrote and posted on my website my response to what I'd read, my personal and visceral reaction to the book.

Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.

Education in Chicago: Wringing The Passion Out Of Higher Learning

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

Here is the unacknowledged truth of undergraduate life in 2009: Everyone, students included, feels alienated and bored by what we have made our universities.

Dr. Frankenstein, CEO

Tom Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Morris

We're told from many quarters that the humanities are in serious trouble now because of our tough economic times. But it's precisely a lack of ground...