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The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

I Could Be a Desert

Jarid Manos | Posted 04.15.2014 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.

Artist Kerry James Marshall: Paint it Black

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

Imagine being seen for who you really are, inhabiting space as a central figure in the narration. In this powerful interview American artist Kerry James Marshall talks about how he explores the presence and absence of the black figure in art history.

Four Reasons This Will Be the Second American Century

Joel Kurtzman | Posted 03.27.2014 | World
Joel Kurtzman

Over the years, many people have counted out the United States -- and been wrong. Given our newfound energy wealth, the return of manufacturing, our tradition of creativity and our vaults filled with investable capital, I can't help but believe the people counting us out now will be proved wrong again.

Google Recognizes Incredible American Heroine

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

In this search-engine dominated era of the internet, and more often than we might like to admit, people have come to expect and count on the Google ho...

Stage Door: Rocky, All The Way

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The politics of the acts passage are fascinating, underscoring just how amoral the process can be. Morality and right may be LBJ's battle cry, but it's not shared by Southern Democrats, whose playbook of obstructionism and charges of socialism, sound like today's Tea Party.

We Don't Use That History Stuff Anyway, Do We?

William E. White | Posted 03.06.2014 | Education
William E. White

Americans are terribly present-minded. We are mostly concerned about the here and the now. Please consider for just a moment the very unique role of the individual in our American story and what it can teach us about the critical role of citizens in a republic.

I'm Calling a Mulligan on the American Church

Joel L. Watts | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Maybe we could call a mulligan on how we evangelize. So we have forced conversion on anyone at the start, but what would this mean today?

The Best Possible Tribute To Our Ancestors In Honor Of Black History Month

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 02.28.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

One-hundred-sixty-six years ago, the great orator, abolitionist, and former slave, Frederick Douglass penned a beautifully crafted haunting letter to his former slave master, Thomas Auld, in which he questioned him as to the whereabouts of his grandmother, sisters and one brother. He had escaped from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838, becoming a fugitive slave until he reached sanctuary in New York.

'12 Years A Slave' Heading To The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Director Steve McQueen's movie "12 Years A Slave" has caused quite a splash in Hollywood, and now the critically-acclaimed film is heading to the clas...

True American Grit

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.24.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

According to psychologist, Angela Duckworth, the most important trait for success is grit. There is no better example than American homesteaders.

The Winter Olympics, History and Should We Care?

Alejandra Dubcovsky | Posted 02.20.2014 | College
Alejandra Dubcovsky

"Is it unpatriotic to not care about Sochi?" I was recently asked in jest. But as a historian of the United States, it forced me think of the deeper question hidden inside the more jovial one, one that examines how we think about America as a nation. What or rather who is the United States?

Songs That Matter: Bob Dylan, 'Desolation Row'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

"Desolation Row" is over eleven minutes of anything, everything. For nearly fifty years, Bob Dylan's fans, critics, and writers have been trying to say what it's about. To me, it's a song I love to listen to, and one of the last great works of Modernism.

The Truth About Slavery in Pennsylvania

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Compared to the five gradual abolition acts passed in northern states between 1780 and 1804, Pennsylvania's was by far the most limited in scope. It liberated not a single individual, and choked out slavery only by degrees.

Market Values Are Not MOOC Values

Louis Hyman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Louis Hyman

Rather than a triumph of individualistic, market values, the MOOC represents a democratic way to raise collective education. Rather than creating a uniform product consumed in isolation, MOOCs are more likely to restore critical conversations to the classroom--and the book club.

The Mentor That Inspired Me to Inspire

Troy D. Paino | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Troy D. Paino

Although the passing of Dr. Nelson does not rise to the level of national news, for me, it serves as a reminder of what the American educational system so desperately needs: inspiration.

Exposing Public Wickedness Is More American Than Apple Pie

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It's the revolt of the geeks. Edward Snowden is John Peter Zenger digitized, a post-Internet free-press hero soaring above the security obsessions of the past decade to assert the inalienable requirements of individual sovereignty in a wired world.

The Enduring Mystery of JFK

John T. Shaw | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
John T. Shaw

This new flood of JFK literature comes on top of the already 40,000 or so books that have been written about Kennedy. And yet, JFK is still mysterious and elusive. Misconceptions about Kennedy persist.

Book Review: The Italian-American Experience -- Another Immigration Story

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Explorers Emigrants Citizens steps way back to tell the Italian-American saga from first contact with the Americas, with Christopher Columbus being only one of many explorers. The book then focuses on the huge waves of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Obama's Inequality Speech: Telling the Progressive Story of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Barack Obama knows how to tell a story. One of his great strengths is his ability to craft a narrative of our history that resonates with Americans ...

What's Education for, Anyway?

William E. White | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
William E. White

The hyperfocus on workplace development is keeping us from accomplishing the core civic education mission of our schools. Strong, engaged citizens make an excellent and reliable workforce.

The Black Newspaper That Helped Change American History

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star. Douglass launched the paper follo...

Chanukah & Thanksgiving: It's Complicated

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

May this Chanukah and Thanksgiving truly banish darkness, bring bounty, cultivate gratitude, and challenge us to see the light in others' eyes.

For White People Who Can't Bear to See '12 Years a Slave'

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 01.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I went with dread, and with a friend whose hand I gripped so hard that she finally withdrew it. I went with the intention to close my eyes during the most violent scenes. And I carried out that intention. But I went. And I am, in my deepest self, glad that I went.

Closing the Skills Gap

Rep. Bill Owens | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Rep. Bill Owens

As we take stock of the many things for which we are thankful, we are at a defining moment. Our economy is improving but we still have room to grow. To speed growth, we must close the widening skills gap that exists in communities across the country.