How “Carpe Diem” Got Lost in Translation 

This year is the thirtieth anniversary of a certain influential movie that popularized standing on desks as a legitimate teaching aid for many an earnest educator—even presidential candidates have gotten the memo—and catapulted an obscure phrase from a long dead language into the public consciousness and mainstream popular culture.  That film is, of course, Dead Poets Society….

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Black Wall Street was shattered 100 years ago. How the Tulsa race massacre was covered up and unearthed 

A century ago this week, the wealthiest U.S. Black community was burned to the ground.  At the turn of the 20th century, the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, became one of the first communities in the country thriving with Black entrepreneurial businesses. The prosperous town, founded by many descendants of slaves, earned a reputation as…

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Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence 

Thomas Jefferson is considered the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, although Jefferson’s draft went through a process of revision by his fellow committee members and the Second Continental Congress.  How the Declaration Came About  America’s declaration of independence from the British Empire was the nation’s founding moment.  But it was not inevitable.  Until the spring of…

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Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil Marquise du Châtelet 

Quick Info  Born  17 December 1706 Paris, France  Died  10 September 1749 Lunéville, France  Summary  Émilie du Châtelet was a French noblewoman who became important to mathematics as the translator of Newton’s Principia.  Biography  We should first make some remarks about Émilie du Châtelet‘s name. Before her marriage her name was Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil and she was called…

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Ukraine war live updates: Putin says everything’s going to plan in Ukraine; German defense minister resigns 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the dynamics of the war in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation,” are positive, with everything going according to the defense ministry’s plan.  Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday said Russian forces had captured Soledar in the eastern Donetsk region the previous day, after several days of conflicting…

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Wikipedia 

Wikipedia, free Internet-based encyclopaedia, started in 2001, that operates under an open-source management style. It is overseen by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation. Wikipedia uses a collaborative software known as wiki that facilitates the creation and development of articles. Although some highly publicized problems have called attention to Wikipedia’s editorial process, they have done little to dampen public use of the resource, which is one of the most-visited sites…

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