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Today in History: Building the Berlin Wall 

An East European book exchange trip, part of a federal government grant to build our mathematics' education collection, takes us Humboldt University, one of Berlin's oldest universities. It is two years after the Wall's collapse, and we are yet to visit libraries in Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria -- countries, like the former East Germany, …

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Debriefing Socrates – Money and Values 

Should Money Buy EVERYthing? This was the question which propelled the Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross on June 14th, inspired by the new book on that subject by Harvard professor Michael Sandel. The participants explored the ethical issues raised by such current practices as paying students to get better grades, selling tickets to "free" …

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Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860 

Title: Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860 Author: Carl F. Kaestle Publisher: Hill and Wang Publishers Call No.: LA215 .K33 1983 From the publisher: Pillars of the Republic is a pioneering study of common-school development in the years before the Civil War. Public acceptance of state school systems, Kaestle argues, was encouraged by the people's …

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The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy 

Title: The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy Author: Raj Patel Publisher: New York : Picador, 2010, c2009 Call Number: HB95 .P3185 2010 From the Publisher: "Opening with Oscar Wilde's observation that "nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing," Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the …

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