April 2015 Blog Posts

“American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam”: A Classroom-Ready Resource

American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam gives a powerful account of the days leading up to the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Produced and directed by Rory Kennedy and nominated for an Academy Award® for documentary feature, the film, featuring narratives from people who lived through this experience, illuminates the moral dilemmas facing both U.S. military personnel, who would have to disobey orders to save lives, and South Vietnamese, who faced imprisonment or worse if they could not—or chose not to—escape. The producers describe the film:Read More »
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Chasing Cinderella: A Fairytale

Any consideration of the story we call “Cinderella” for simplicity's sake must acknowledge that “Cinderella” has had a dizzying array of personae over hundreds of years, in many cultures. There is no one authoritative tale of “Cinderella,” only a hall of mirrors with a different face in each reflection. —Marie Rutkoski, Young Adult authorRead More »
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Abraham Lincoln at 150

Hermann Faber, Deathbed scene with man holding Lincoln, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln at 150On April 14 we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.Read More »
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Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie”: Seventy Years on the American Stage!

Blue roses
This week marks the 70th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie’s Broadway premiere.The play has been produced seven times on Broadway—more than any other American classic with the exception Tennessee Williams’ subsequent masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire!Read More »
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National Poetry Month 2015: Twenty-Three Poetry Exemplars

Cherry tree blossoms around the Tidal Basin, before April 1999
You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.—John AdamsInaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country for a month-long celebration of poetry and its vital place in American culture. Along the way, the Academy has enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.Read More »
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