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Twelve philosophy books everyone should read: from Plato to Foucault

Oxford University Press Blog: “Every year the third Thursday in November marks World Philosophy Day, UNESCO’s collaborative “initiative towards building inclusive societies, tolerance and peace.” To celebrate, we’ve curated a reading list of historical texts by great philosophers that shaped the modern world and who had important things to say about the issues that we wrestle with today such as freedom, authority, equality, sexuality, and the meaning of life…”

Why We Fall for Toxic Leaders

Oxford Dictionaries: “The Oxford Word of the Year 2018 is… toxic. The adjective toxic is defined as ‘poisonous’ and first appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century from the medieval Latin toxicus, meaning ‘poisoned’ or ‘imbued with poison’. But the word’s deadly history doesn’t start there. The medieval Latin term was in turn borrowed from… Continue Reading

Billions spent on armored school doors, bulletproof whiteboards and secret snipers

Washington Post: “Although school security has grown into a $2.7 billion market — an estimate that does not account for the billions more spent on armed campus police officers — little research has been done on which safety measures do and do not protect students from gun violence. Earlier this fall, The Washington Post sent… Continue Reading

Will Blockchain Revolutionize Scholarly Journal Publishing?

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Since the 1990s, some academic netizens have predicted that open access will upend scholarly journal publishing, yet an oligopoly still dominates the $25-billion industry. Orvium, a European start-up, recently joined those taking on the giant players. It offers a publishing and business plan based on blockchain — a coding structure… Continue Reading

26 People Told Us How Public Libraries Make Their Lives Better

BuzzfeedNews – 26 People Told Us How Public Libraries Make Their Lives Better [Note – many of the reasons referenced in this article are consistent with our own experiences decades ago, minus the technology. What is consistent is – the librarians.] Continue Reading

Under pressure, Pa. prisons repeal restrictive book policy

The Inquirer/Philly.com: “The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections — which in September announced it would put a halt to book donation programs and mail-order books and publications — has revised its policy, allowing book orders to resume through a new centralized processing center. “Everyone who got involved called Gov. Wolf, wrote letters, shared the story on… Continue Reading

This Appalachian Nonprofit Puts Books In The Hands Of Inmates Who Need Them

Buzzfeed News – Since 2004, the Appalachian Prison Book Project has distributed approximately 25,000 books to inmates in the region. “Today, prison libraries are hit-or-miss, more often falling on the “miss” side: frequently barebones, stacked with outdated textbooks, or littered with battered romance novels. Some prisons are even attempting to do away with libraries entirely,… Continue Reading

The history of the toy library

The Atlantic – Every city should have a toy library. “In the 1930s, the idea of the “toyery,” a public place for children to play with toys, gained some traction in the US. For the Atlantic, Alexandra Lange explains their history and argues for more of them, noting: “Spaces in which to play, and a… Continue Reading

1912 List of Books for Home Reading – High School Pupils

“A List of Books for Home Reading of High-School Pupils” was published in 1912 by the National Council of Teachers of English, a group that formed the year before and still makes recommendations to teachers today. Forerunners to the NCTE list include the NEA’s report on college entrance requirements (1899), Franklin T. Baker’s “Bibliography of… Continue Reading

52,438 High-Definition Images of Artworks Into the Public Domain

Kottke: “The Art Institute of Chicago has placed high-definition images of 52,438 public-domain artworks onto its website (with magnification tools) under a CC0 license (no rights reserved), including The Great Wave, A Sunday on La Grand Jette (unfortunately not magnifiable to this extent), Nighthawks, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, Warhol’s Mao, and Two Sisters on the Terrace…” Continue Reading

Many Turn to YouTube for Children’s Content, News, How-To Lessons

“An analysis of videos suggested by the site’s recommendation engine finds that users are directed toward progressively longer and more popular content…A majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups are YouTube adopters, with younger Americans standing out as especially avid users of the site. A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S.… Continue Reading

How to Grow A Lawyer

Fruehwald, Edwin S., How to Grow A Lawyer: A Guide for Law Schools, Law Professors, and Law Students (October 8, 2018). How To Grow A Lawyer: A Guide for Law Schools, Law Professors, and Law Students, October, 2018, Create Space; ISBN: 978-1726737760. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3262926 “We live in a world of accelerating change. Yet,… Continue Reading