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James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” So opens “A Talk to Teachers,” which James Baldwin delivered to a group of educators in October, 1963. (He published it in the <i>Saturday Review</i> the following December.) That year, Medgar Evers, a leading civil-rights figure and …

Teaching

BBC Learning English - Dramas from BBC Learning English

Learning English<p>Inspiring language learning since 1943<p>English Change language<p>The Grammar GameshowCourses: The Grammar Gameshow<br>• The ExperimentCourses: The Experiment<br>• News ReviewCourses: News Review<br>• Go The DistanceCourses: Go The Distance<br>• English You NeedCourses: English You Need<br>• Towards AdvancedCourses: …

Language Learning

What Colleges Need To Do To Make Student Mental Health A Priority

The necessity to address mental health issues among college students is becoming more and more pressing.<p>A 2017 survey conducted by the American College Health Association found that almost 40 percent of students reported feeling so depressed in the prior year that they found it difficult to …

Mental Health

It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here’s Why.

The first professor whom students encounter in a discipline, evidence suggests, plays a big role in whether they continue in it.

College & University

The Paradox of Freedom: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on Moral Aloneness and Our Mightiest Antidote to Terror

“Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine.”<p><i>“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given,”</i> James Baldwin wrote in contemplating how we imprison ourselves, <i>“freedom is</i> …

Stone Age

James Baldwin on Freedom and How We Imprison Ourselves

“We made the world we’re living in and we have to make it over.”<p><i>“Everything can be taken from a man,”</i> Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, <i>“but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose</i> …

Literature

Why Americans Smile So Much

How immigration and cultural values affect what people do with their faces<p>On Reddit forums that ask “What’s a dead giveaway that someone is American?” one trait comes up over and over again: big, toothy grins.<p>Here’s how one Reddit user in Finland put it:<p>When a stranger on the street smiles at …

McDonald's

When British Authors Write American Dialogue, or Try To

P. D. Viner is a British crime writer who has published two novels and two long novellas. Recently, he completed a manuscript titled “The Funeral Director,” which is set in western New York. Viner was born and raised in South London; his prose, naturally, tends to have a British accent. “I feel …

Writing

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer in ‘Big Moment for Hip-Hop’

In late January, the Compton, Calif., rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. “DAMN.,” Mr. Lamar’s fourth LP, was his third straight to be nominated but ultimately fall short of the trophy, considered by most to be the top prize in popular music.<p>But perhaps …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Watch: Holocaust Museum Videos on Bashar Al-Assad's Massacre in Syria

Fifteen short films on a survivor of the Assad regime's torture machine, who goes with The Holocaust Museum to Germany to explore the role of memory …

Middle East

Rilke on Inspiration and the Combinatorial Nature of Creativity

“One must have memories of many nights of love, none of which was like the others… One must also have been beside the dying, one must have sat beside the dead in the room with the open window…”<p>The task of creative work is to weave something new and wonderful out of the tattered threads of culture …

Creativity

1968: the year that changed America

The cliche says that if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. But Hendrik Hertzberg remembers the decade’s most explosive year very well indeed<p>Where were you in the 1960s? And what were you? A toddler, a grade schooler, a teenager? A young adult? Were you already old enough to …

San Francisco

Some Said They’d Flee Trump’s America. These People Actually Did.

Peering into a webcam, her face intermittently frozen over an iffy Skype connection in Medellin, Colombia, Lizz Quain was explaining not long ago why she uprooted her 9-year-old twins almost a year and a half ago to travel the world.<p>Ms. Quain, who is in her 40s, owned a children’s play cafe and …

Donald Trump

Baby Boomers Reach the End of Their To-Do List

Life, if you’re lucky, is divided into thirds, my father used to say: youth, middle age and “You look <i>good</i>.” The dawn of that third stage is glinting right at me.<p>It isn’t simply that at this point more life is behind me — behind any middle-aged person — than lies ahead. Middle-aged? Who am I …

George W. Bush

Don’t Call Me a Genius

Not long ago I received a MacArthur Fellowship, which is sometimes called the “genius grant,” much to the MacArthur Foundation’s disagreement and my own. But receiving the grant did make me think about what genius means and why we are attached to an individualistic notion of it, even if we are …

Literature

Recipe: Chickpea Waldorf Salad

Chickpea Waldorf Salad<p>Serves 4<p>1/2 cup plain full-fat yogurt <br>2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar <br>1 teaspoon Dijon mustard <br>1 teaspoon honey <br>1/2 teaspoon …

Chickpeas

How To Make Soft, Creamy Scrambled Eggs

<b>Begin warming your pan:</b> Place the pan over low heat on your stove. Add a teaspoon of butter and let it begin to melt while you whisk the eggs.<p><b>Whisk</b> …

Breakfast
Real Estate

The Top 15 Beaches on the East Coast

Great Point, at the easternmost end of the island of Nantucket, is one of the most secluded beaches in the world. That's because you need a 4x4 and a …

New England

Is British English Conquering America, or Vice Versa?

It’s not a vacation, but a “holiday”; not an apartment, but a “flat.” It’s “ring my mobile” instead of “call my cellphone,” “cheers” for “thanks,” or “brilliant” instead of “great!”<p>In recent years, so-called Anglocreep, the subtle adoption of British phrases into everyday American speech, has …

Linguistics

Turkish Delight Recipe

"This dessert is slightly exotic and is known by many people who have read the book 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe'. This would do well for a …

Dessert

Textspeak is Streamlining Language. Not Ruining it.

txt msgs r running language<p>*ruining<p>^lol, jk!! :)<p>In many casual discussions of language and the internet, it’s not uncommon to hear about how such …

Language

10 Salads That Will Last in the Fridge — Recipes from The Kitchn

A salad that can hold up in the fridge for a few days is a beautiful thing. Not only does it make weekday lunches easier (because you can make one …

Healthy Eating

We Can't Get Our Forks Away from This Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Folks who are familiar with London's legendary River Café may know it as the restaurant that's launched the careers of countless chefs. Jamie Oliver and April Bloomfield are just two of its celebrated alumni, always referring back to their days cooking under founders Ruth ("Ruthie") Rogers and the …

Italian Food

Stunning, Sensual Illustrations for a Rare 1913 Edition of Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ by English Artist Margaret C. Cook

“Thoughts, silent thoughts, of Time and Space and Death…”<p>When thirty-six-year-old Walt Whitman self-published <i>Leaves of Grass</i> in the summer of 1855, having poured the whole of his being into this unusual and daring labor of love, it fell upon unreceptive and downright hostile ears — a rejection that …

Literature

Understanding Writing Assignments

<b>Summary:</b><p>This resource describes some steps you can take to better understand the requirements of your writing assignments. This resource works for …

Creative Writing

A 10-step guide to make your research paper abstract more effective

Begin writing the abstract after you have finished writing your paper.<p>Pick out the major objectives/hypotheses and conclusions from your <i>Introduction</i> …

The Study

The incorrect way to use the word ‘author’

<b>What is the difference</b> between “author” and “writer”?<p>Only one can be both a noun and a verb.<p><b>ICYMI: Video revealing manipulation in local news goes</b> …

Linguistics