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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Urban Dictionary 

adjective  of, relating to, or designating a city or town:densely populated urban areas.  living, located, or taking place in a city:urban rooftop gardening.  characteristic of or accustomed to cities; citified:He’s an urban type—I can’t picture him enjoying a whole week at our cabin in the woods.  of or relating to the experience, lifestyle, or culture…

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JSTOR 

Department of the Interior employees are offered access to this database at their desktops; employees who are teleworking may access it through the Department’s VPN. Others must contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.  Search JSTOR   Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1995, JSTOR is used in more than 11,000 schools, universities, and institutions around the world….

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PARENTAL ADVISORY

WHAT DOES PARENTAL ADVISORY MEAN?  Parental Advisory refers to a warning label, typically applied to music products, that signifies there is explicit content that may be inappropriate for children.  WHERE DOES PARENTAL ADVISORY COME FROM?  The Parental Advisory label was started by a political group in the 1980s called the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). The PRMC was led by several prominent…

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