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Was Obama's Call to 'Our Better Self' A Call to Women?

Alexia Parks | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Alexia Parks

At this watershed moment in American politics, could Obama's State of the Union call to Americans to bring our better self into politics be a coded call to women? After all, who is the one men usually refer to when they refer to "my better self?"

Hamlet for President?

Francis Levy | Posted 12.01.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

Hamlet's predicament epitomizes the famous dichotomy Matthew Arnold made between the Hebraic and the Hellenic in Culture and Anarchy, with the Hebraic representing "strictness of conscience" and the Hellenic, "spontaneity of consciousness."

Forget Google, Memorize Poems

Peter W. Wood | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Peter W. Wood

Choosing a poem to memorize is a bit like choosing to a get a tattoo. Both involve ink, and the results are close to permanent, so it is a good idea to choose carefully.

How To Be Good: Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Perhaps goodness is defined by grace in the face of life's unfairness: how a person acts when her husband leaves, or when something she wants so much is denied her, against all expectations.

Why George W. Bush Made Me Sick Yesterday

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stephen C. Rose

For George Bush, democracy is bulling through a Florida decision which makes his government only borderline legitimate from the gitgo. It is forcing "change" with soldiers rather than friendly persuasion. It is pandering.

Poetry For Politics: How To Make It Through The Last Week

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

If you're like me, you've recently found yourself lying awake at night worrying that Reverend Wright might decide it's time to head to Washington to m...

Training Citizens On Cross Country Courses

Jane Dwyre Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jane Dwyre Garton

On race days in Elmhurst, the York Community High School boys cross country team is fondly known as The Long Green Line. A new documentary film borrows that name. Its audiences will never be able to think of the sport in the same way again.