Remember that episode of Gossip Girl where Blair Waldorf started that one rumor to ruin Serena Vanderwoodsen’s sparkling reputation? I’m not going to specify which episode, because it seemed to happen in every other one, but had this been the real world, Blair would have landed herself in some major legal issues. 477 more words
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While many elected officials would rather sloganeer and posture than collaborate, the country languishes in the residual effects of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression: inequalities persist in pay, social advantage, and education; the gap between the few who have and the many who have not grows ever wider; the possible apocalyptic effects of global climate change increasingly appear inevitable.
At Augustana our students (and often our colleagues) refer to life in our small, residential liberal arts enclave as “the Augie bubble.” It’s a safe, comfortable space in which one may live, work and play free from any annoying connection to what is often described as the “real world.” While bubble existence can have its advantages, it can also stifle optimal learning and engaged citizenship — goals we have for our students as lifelong learners, and goals we have for ourselves as teachers, scholars and citizens. 3,449 more words
Thought precedes action, and Jamaica in its obliviousness to who Stuart Hall was, to his extraordinary work and life, to his globally mourned death, demonstrates the perils of a society in which the most complex levels of thinking are considered expendable, an unnecessary luxury, something that need not detain the nation. 1,687 more words