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Introducing Photogrammar to Teach Media Literacy and U.S. History

Children at the FSA (Farm Security Administration) Camelback Farms inspect the p
I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera. — Gordon ParksRead More »
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Taking a Stand in History with Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton by Trumbull
[I]t seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. Alexander Hamilton writing as “Publius” in Federalist No.1Read More »
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Q and A with Waller R. Newell on Tyranny

“Stalin” by Isaak Brodsky, 1933.
Professor Newell is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy and a founder of the College of the Humanities at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His most recent work is Tyranny: A History of Power, Injustice and Terror.*  First of all, how did you get interested in political philosophy?Read More »
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Visiting "The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander"

Mask of Agamemnon
On Friday afternoon, I leave work early, head north via Metro to the National Geographic Museum, and, press pass around my neck, visit the new exhibit, The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander. On display until October 10th, this collection brings together 550 objects from 21 Greek museums from Athens to Vergina to tell of gods and goddesses, heroes and scholars, aristocrats and kings.Read More »

Celebrating Beatrix Potter at 150

Illustrations from “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”
I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense? ― Beatrix Potter, The Complete TalesOne author-illustrator whose texts are perfect for elementary Common Core State Standards applications is Beatrix Potter. July 28 marks the 150th anniversary of her birth—an excellent opportunity to commemorate her life and shine a light on her literary and artistic legacy.Read More »
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