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American singer, poet, and actor, Art Garfunkel is 78 years old today. Born in Forest Hills, Queens on November 5th, 1941, Garfunkel rose to fame in the early 1960s when he signed with Paul Simon to Columbia, earning a "quick education in the record business". Known for his beautiful ...
"These our actors,As I foretold you, were all spirits, andAre melted into air, into thin air,And, like the baseless fabric of vision,The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,The solemn temples, the great globe itself,Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolveAnd, like this insubstantial pageant faded,Leave not...
Nationalism as a God must follow the tribal gods to limbo. Our true nationality is mankind. How far will modern men lay hold upon and identify themselves with this necessity and set themselves to revise their ideas, remake their institutions, and educate the com- ing generations to this final extension of citizenship? — HG Wells,
On October 24th, 2005 American activist Rosa Parks (born February 4, 1913) passed away in Detroit, Michigan. Known as the "first lady of civil rights" or "the mother of the freedom movement", Rosa Parks was the grand daughter of former slaves. Tired of "giving in," she played a pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white man -- an act that sparked nation-wide attention to the injustices of racial discrimination....
Did you know that Merriam Webster within the last year added 530 new words and new meanings to its dictionary, not to mention over 4,000 other revisions to definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, and dates of first-known use? Language is a living breathing thing that reflects the beauty of our changing humanity, from politics and law, to games and sport, through to race and identity -- indicative of interests and trends in pop culture; psychology; business and finance; linguistics; and ...
You might be interested to learn that Teachers College, Columbia University has a rich history of involvement in Afghanistan. Our faculty first went there in 1954 to re-organize the Ministry of Education; create and provide new textbooks in both the Dari and Pashto languages; and train teachers -- a significant
"If the aim of educational leaders is to bring about a greater realization of the ideals of democracy in the schools of this country, then the searchlight of inquiry needs to be focused upon those areas where conditions are such as to threaten the negation of efforts in that direction." --Marion Manola Thompson Wright, Foreword,
September 3rd, 1976 marks the day when Viking 2 landed on Mars; part of the American Viking Program to Mars, its mission was to search for evidence of life on the Red Planet. The lander operated on its surface for 1316 days and returned about 16,000 image...
DEAR SIR: I do not intrude to tell you--for you must know already--that a great proportion of those who triumphed in you election, and of all who desire the unqualified suppression of the Rebellion now desolating our country, are sorely disappointed and deeply pained by the policy yo...