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Today in History: Constitution Day 

It's a little like a scene from To Kill a Mockingbird – Scout and Jem peering through the bannisters in awe of their father, Atticus, who bravely defended Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. But it is the Congress, not the courtroom, decades later, and my brothers and I are in Springfield, Illinois, not …

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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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Today in History: King John Seals the Magna Carta 

Runnymede is a beautiful, tranquil English meadow on the banks of the Thames between Windsor and Staines – the historic meeting place where the tyrannical, malevolent King John sealed the Magna Carta. Whether or not John of Lackland offered up shrimp to the barons at his tea table while signing the peace treaty "like a …

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Challenging Democracy 

I was recently asked about my participation in student protests back in my home country of South Africa - very thought provoking.  It got me thinking about how we protest today - within in the medias we have to our availability. South Africa has been a democratic country now for 16 years and in that …

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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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The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy 

Title: The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy Editors: Beth A. Simmons, Frank Dobbin, Geoffrey Garrett Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008 Call Number: HF1359 .G5685 2008 From the Publisher: "The diffusion of markets and democracy around the world was a defining feature of the late twentieth century. Many social scientists view this …

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“Trudging Towards Freedom” with William Ayers 

Schooling is never neutral. Schools are always contested spaces, sites of conflict and contradiction, hope and struggle. In the last half-century, social upheavals in South Africa, China, Europe, Chile, and the US were sometimes centered, often energized, and always echoed within the schools. School people in societies as diverse as medieval Saudi Arabia, the Soviet …

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Learning by Doing 

Background I know Jace Clayton through my wife, who is also a musician. Jace has been DJ-ing for over 20 years. When I interviewed him I thought it was really interesting that DJ-ing, for him, was both a personal and social activity. Jace learned how to DJ through one session with a friend and from …

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