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Helen Keller

Roaring Ahead to End Measles

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

One of the most contagious viral diseases ever known, measles claims the lives of 330 people every day. Tackling this formidable disease takes a unique kind of determination.

Silence Is Not Always Golden

George Heymont | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

A charming six-minute short film by Chaitanya Gopinath titled Lunch with Yoshi (which was screened during the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival) follows a blind woman around Bangkok as she shops, rides the city's mass transit, and prepares lunch for a visiting friend.

5 Real-LIfe Wonder Women

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The sobering news that Olympic medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had been severely injured in an accident, caused me to think about she-roes through American history who overcame adversity and changed America

Women in Business Q&A: Meg Sheetz, President and COO of Medifast

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Margaret (Meg) Sheetz currently serves as President and COO of Medifast as well as CEO of Take Shape for Life, a division of Medifast - a position she...

WATCH: Cazwell Drops A Sexy New Track With 'Drag Race' Favorite

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.28.2014 | Gay Voices

Openly gay rapper Cazwell and "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorite Manila Luzon have teamed up to bring us a pulsating, dance-heavy new track featuring under...

Helen Keller Met Charlie Chaplin In 1919, And The Rest Was History

Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts

Worlds certainly collided when two of the 20th century's most beloved figures -- Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin -- met for the first time. The world...

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In her investigations into the causes of blindness, she discovered that poor people were more likely than the rich to be blind, and soon connected the mistreatment of the blind to the oppression of workers, women, and other groups, leading her to embrace socialism, feminism, and pacifism.

A Special Birthday Wish for Helen Keller

Kathy Spahn | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

Achieving the elimination of blinding trachoma in 2015 in Mali and Niger will reinforce the promise of global elimination for 2020 and can save the sight of thousands of children and adults. It can also serve as one of the greatest tributes to Helen Keller's legacy the world has ever seen.

Why Are We So Ashamed of Our Women Heroes?

Charles Clymer | Posted 07.03.2013 | Women
Charles Clymer

Society tells us young men can't think of women as role models, unless they're a family member, whereas young women can admire and seek to emulate anyone, regardless of gender.

The World Has Ended, As We Know It - NOW WHAT?

Michele Hunt | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Michele Hunt

If you are reading this that means we are still here, and yet the old world has faded away and the remnants that are left are dysfunctional. We are at the dawn of a new era. A dear friend of mine put it beautifully when he said, "The past has relinquished its hold on our future."

Picking the Greatest American Progressives: A Book Review

Jack Rothman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Jack Rothman

Teddy Roosevelt carried out imperialist wars, FDR imprisoned Japanese-American civilians in internment camps, and Lyndon Johnson expanded and intensified the Vietnam War. These men can claim valuable achievements, but how do their unjust misdeeds figure in?

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me 'arch priestess of the sightless,' 'w...

Who Stole Helen Keller?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 08.22.2012 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Helen Keller, whose birthday we celebrate this month -- June 27th -- could be one of those role models. Instead, textbooks and children's literature distort her life's work, and miss key opportunities to inspire young people to make a difference in the world.

Helen Keller's Secret Love Life

Rosie Sultan | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Rosie Sultan

Though she could speak up about equality, the rights of others--even, occasionally, sexuality--Helen Keller was not granted the rights she sought for others.

The Top 10 Heroes to Teach Your Daughter How to Fight

Brad Meltzer | Posted 06.16.2012 | Parents
Brad Meltzer

As I tell my daughter, when you want something in life -- no matter how impossible it seems -- you need to fight for it. It's the lesson that links the lives of every single hero I picked for her.

Troves Of Documents And Art Lost In 9/11 Attacks

Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts

The tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City a decade ago took almost 3,000 lives. In addition to the loss of life, troves of documents and majo...

Sweet Tones: Alabama

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 08.14.2011 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

In light of this state's recent tornado tragedies, this year may be the very best time for Alabama to immerse itself in its rich musical heritage and allow it to wash away the sad memories of the upheaval it's just gone through.

Helen Keller's Mushrooms

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

In a flash, We, the People, have become Helen Keller. Blind. Deaf. And Dumb. With an emphasis on the latter. Because nobody cares. La di dah.

Two Passing Greats: A Tribute to Arthur Penn and Tony Curtis

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

One had to acknowledge and admire Tony Curtis's sheer spirit and zest. But while Curtis was the ultimate public personality, filmmaker Arthur Penn, who died two days ago, was basically a private man.

They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

I was intrigued by Symmetry Theatre's claim that fewer good roles are written for women, I found myself wondering if people might not be aware of the variety of plays that do indeed have meaty roles for female characters.

'Dangerous Book For Boys' Author Conn Iggulden Talks To Stephen Colbert About New Book, 'The Dangerous Book Of Heroes' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Conn Iggulden, the author of the bestselling "Dangerous Book for Boys" is back with a new book, this one called "The Dangerous Book of Heroes." He sat...

The Miracle Worker on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"No one expects you to perform miracles," says the head of the Perkins Institute for the Blind sending his prized pupil Anne Sullivan south from Bosto...

Stage Door: The Miracle Worker, Conviction

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

It was Mark Twain who called Annie Sullivan a "miracle worker," and their uplifting journey is fertile ground for drama.

Turning On The Light At Times Of Loss

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Whatever you lose in the course of your life, there is something to gain. You may go through a period of "darkness," and at a certain moment, you may be able to see "light at the end of the tunnel."

Abigail Breslin To Play Helen Keller On Broadway

AP | MICHAEL KUCHWARA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — From spunky "Little Miss Sunshine" to an even more heroic young girl. Abigail Breslin will play Helen Keller in the first Broadway r...