January 2016 Blog Posts

Crime and Punishment turns 150!

Znamenskii Place, St. Petersburg, c. 1890–1900. Detroit Publishing Co. Library o
All is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.—Fydor DostoyevskyRead More »
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Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Washington, DC
On the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of one of our most respected citizens—Martin Luther King, Jr.  Read More »
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Shakespeare's First Folio National Tour 2016

First Folio London 1623, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
“This is a wonderful testimony to the Folger and to the remarkable interest there is in Shakespeare.” —David Kastan, “Did He Even Know He Was Shakespeare?”Read More »
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How Teachers Can Make the Most of “Power and Pathos”

Alexander the Great on Horseback
Even though we are based in Washington, D.C., a city filled with world-class museums that frequently offer exceptional exhibits, we’ve never written about them on this blog. This is not because we aren’t interested in writing about art and culture in the classroom—far from it!Read More »
Categories Closer Readings