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A Special Guide for Teachers to the Films of Ken Burns

home page image from Ken Burns site
More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.  —Historian Stephen AmbroseOn May 9, 2016, the distinguished documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will deliver the Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.Read More »
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Experience The Wonder of Will at 400!

Shakespeare poster from Folger
We still pay attention to Shakespeare because, no matter how networked our world becomes, he remains one of the ultimate connectors. — Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare LibraryJoin in The Wonder of Will Live on April 23 to commemorate the joint anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death, as the Folger Shakespeare Library hosts an international live streaming event from the historic Paster Reading Room in Washington, D.C.Read More »

What’s New at The Digital Public Library of America

William H Johnson, Harlem Street with Church, c. 1939-1940.
I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man. --Thomas Jefferson (quoted by New York Public Library President Anthony Marx to commemorate DPLA’s launch)                   Read More »
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Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King Memorial
Martin Luther King's most well-known writing is his "Letter from Birmingham Jail." He began writing the lengthy essay while jailed over Easter weekend in 1963. He eventually arranged its publication as part of a public relations strategy to bring national attention to the struggle for civil rights in the South.Read More »
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Introducing “Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community”

Brooklyn Bridge, Across the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan New York
The lyric poem seeks to mesmerize time. It crosses frontiers and outwits the temporal. It can bridge the gulf between people otherwise unknown to each other.—Edward Hirsch This April as we mark the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment welcome you to engage with our new online initiative to bring contemporary poetry resources to your students.Read More »
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