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Everett Cafe Book Display: Dear Mr. Gerry 

"The Salamander devours his tail.." -- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. In Ray Bradbury's international acclaimed novel, Fahrenheit 451 (1953), we are thrust into a dystopian future where firemen start fires and are ordered to destroy books. Salamander, the name on the firetrucks, symbolizes both the fire and the firemen-- power, protection, immortality. But saving books instead …

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Everett Cafe News: Bear and Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence 

A recent EdLab seminar entitled "Bursting Media Bubbles"  informed on initiatives to present both liberal and conservative sides of current events through daily digests to better inform readers. Understanding news through a critical lens has never felt more important in a time of overflowing information, misinformation, or lack of information -- but getting to the heart of what's real …

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Today in History: Atomic Bomb Drops on Hiroshima 

On August 6, 1945 the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber, dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing 80,000 people, including many doctors and nurses, and injuring another 35,000. Following the Potsdam Conference in Germany (July 17-August 2, 1945), when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and U.S President …

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Everett Cafe News: What’s Real in the Media? 

Do you cringe at the thought of another tweet about “fake news”? What with unprecedented presidential accusations about the Russian dossier, media in general, CNN in particular, and reports on government, health care, employment, and other vital issues, is “fake news” a retaliatory slap, slippery slogan, or actual state of affairs in today’s political arena? …

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Today in History: Roe v Wade 

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court passed a landmark ruling in the case of Roe versus Wade that recognized a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions — including the decision to have an abortion without political interference. The court held that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances …

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Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

Several years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a glass store front in our NYC Yorkville neighborhood still displays the devastating sign in bold black ink, "We will always remember our little angels." Twenty miniature wax angels in Royal Stewart gowns symbolize the innocent children who lost their lives on that fateful day, December 14th, 2012, while they numbingly …

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Today in History: Obama Publishes Dreams from My Father 

Did you know that Barack Obama, son of a black African father, and white American mother -- and 44th president of the United States -- originally published Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance on July 18, 1995? A memoir that became a number one bestseller when it was reissued in 2004, …

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Today in History: Burr Slays Hamilton in Duel 

Hamilton is all the rage, and if you are lucky enough to get tickets then let us know! While some win lottery tickets, others are fortunate to get them another way -- through a business or personal connection, or outright purchase at hundreds of dollars per seat. With music, lyrics, and book authored by Lin-Manual Miranda, this …

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Today in History: World Environment Day 

With the recent U.S. federal government decision to pull out of the global climate change agreement, we look to historical concerns and current initiatives in our schools, communities, and cities, here and abroad. What constitutes a good quality of life, and why do certain factors in the environment affect the quality of life? How will environmental issues …

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Today in History: U.S. Withdraws from Vietnam 

I never understood why my friend Mary wore a pewter-colored bracelet on her left wrist to school, until the day she explained its meaning; her older brother, a mere 18 year old boy, was drafted for service some months prior, and unfortunately taken by soldiers in the North. Where exactly, she did not know -- …

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Regimes of Language: Ideologies, Polities, and Identities 

Title: Regimes of Language: Ideologies, Polities, and Identities Editor: Paul V. Kroskrity Publisher: SAR Press, 2000 Call Number: P119.3 .R44 2000 From the Publisher: In Regimes of Language, ten leading linguistic anthropologists integrate two often segregated domains: politics (without language) and language (without politics). Their essays contribute to an understanding of the role of language …

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Qualitative inquiry and the politics of evidence / Norman K. Denzin, Michael D. Giardina, editors 

Title: Qualitative inquiry and the politics of evidence Editors: Norman K. Denzin, Michael D. Giardina Publisher: Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, c2008 Check it out: H62 .Q347 2008 From the Publisher: What is evidence in qualitative inquiry and how is it evaluated? What is true or false in research is strongly influenced by …

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NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black Is Out 

When I first heard that Mayor Michael Bloomberg had appointed a friend and  publishing magnate to run New York City's school system I felt personally insulted. Why? Because, I feel that the job of Schools Chancellor should go to an educator. Call me crazy!  Instead of finding a principal or a local superintendent who has …

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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 Politics of Happiness 

Title: The politics of happiness: what government can learn from the new research on well-being Author: Derek Bok Publisher: Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2010 Check it Out: HN60 .B63 2010 From the Publisher: During the past forty years, thousands of studies have been carried out on the subject of happiness. Some have explored the levels …

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More Than Just Race 

Title: More than just race: being black and poor in the inner city Author: William Julius Wilson Publisher: New York: Norton & Company, c2009 Check It Out: HN90.S6 W55 2009 From Publishers Weekly: Harvard sociologist Wilson (The Declining Significance of Race) makes a bold effort to reframe current debates on the relationship between race and …

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Dead Aid 

Title: Dead aid: why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa Author: Dambisa Moyo Publisher: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009 Check It Out: HC800 .M69 2009 From the Publisher: In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries …

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