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Today in History: St Valentine 

The rose is red, the violet's blue, The honey's sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love, and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine. The lot was cut and then I drew, And fortune said it should be you. -- traditional English nursery rhyme, A Valentine for You   Valentine of …

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Today in History: William Shakespeare Marries Anne Hathaway 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove. O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wand'ring bark, Whose worth's unknown, although …

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Would It Kill You to Talk about Death for an Hour? 

In fact, it didn't! Participants adopted a lively, healthy approach to discussing the Inevitable at a recent Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross, co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Innovation in Education. Spurred by Sam Harris’ video, It Is Always Now (which looks philosophically at the present moment and why it’s important to live …

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Love Now, on Valentine’s Day 

"LOVE Now" was the subject of a Socratic Conversation on Valentine's Day, in which a couple of dozen discussants looked at the topic from as many different angles: romantic love, of course, but also love of country, love of family, love of God, love of humanity, and...yes, love of learning! One participant, noting the …

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Flashback Fridays: Valentines Day Special 

While this is an oddly controversial holiday for a lot of people, love and relationships are an important thing in many people's lives. Here are some posts from our past which you might find particularly appropriate for this upcoming holiday. All of our past posts about love, relationships . . .and maybe even some librarian bo-hunks …

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Debriefing Socrates: Singlism, Marriage, Partnership, or…? What’s the Right Choice for You? 

What are our options in long-term relationships today?  How free are we to choose what suits us best – and how free should we be? Are our choices constrained by stereotyping and discrimination? Among the questions addressed in this session were: 1.   What choices for your long-term relationships have you made, or are you considering? 2.   …

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