"Most accounts of the Deepwater Horizon disaster dwell on the drama of the rig’s last hours, as the crew struggled to cope with the well blowout and then fought to survive. Those events are also part of Boebert and Blossom’s story, but the scope of their narrative is broader… Theirs is the account for readers who want to understand how such disasters come about and what strategies might have...
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Over the Edge » American Scientist

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One NEA grant can change the cultural fabric of a nation—but Trump wants to end that.
Harvard University Press 04/21/2017

Five Award-Winning Artists Predict How Trump Will Change Culture in America

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"Over the course of 238 academically structured, yet completely accessible pages, Sanger lays out the self-feeding loop of abortion silence—a fear of others finding out rather than a choice not to disclose."
Over the course of 238 academically structured yet completely accessible pages Sanger

'About Abortion' Unpacks Shame Narrative to End Silence, Stigma - Rewire

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Rong Luo
Lara Nicolosi
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of THE IDEOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Bernard Bailyn's landmark study of the ideas and motives that led the colonists to rebel. We invited a handful of historians to reflect on the work's lasting significance:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of THE IDEOLOGICAL

Bernard Bailyn's Ideological Origins at Fifty

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David Ashwell
Jeff McCulloh
Amit Thakur
"The picture of Marx we get is different from the one we’re accustomed to: a passionate but flexible thinker, who would have objected to the politics undertaken in his name."
The picture of Marx we get is different from the one were

Karl Marx still matters: what the modern left can learn from the philosopher

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Silas Gray
Fred Stelwagen
Nicolas Serge
Guido Mazzoni’s THEORY OF THE NOVEL "stands out as a masterpiece of literary criticism" that "fashions a wholly new concept of the novel, its origins, and its development."
Guido Mazzonis THEORY OF THE NOVEL stands out as a masterpiece of

Between Philosophy and History: On Guido Mazzoni’s “Theory of the Novel” - Los Angeles Review of Books

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"This is what I think so many of us who work in the arts and the humanities hope to receive from our universities, from our government, from sometimes skeptical students and their parents: patience and faith in us as we test the limits of our ignorance, as we pursue what may very well be useless, as we go in search of that mystery and intuition that exist within all of us."
This is what I think so many of us who work in

Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

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Erotic, grotesque, nonsense! Listen in on some Tokyo Boogie-Woogie:
Erotic grotesque nonsense Listen in on some Tokyo BoogieWoogie:

Japan's Popular Song Era

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"So long as Christians continue to ponder the meaning of Christ’s crucifixion and to sing about it, wear images of it, or install it in their worship environments, the cross will never become irrelevant or trivial."
So long as Christians continue to ponder the meaning of Christs crucifixion

The Cross in Contemporary Culture

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“If we only search for a narrative that is most convenient to us, then we ourselves may be part of this nation’s going over the cliff.”
If we only search for a narrative that is most convenient to

Opinion | ‘The ideology of anti-racism becomes its own kind of prison’: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

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"The conservative case for reform is obvious: Spending billions of dollars on prison expansion and lengthy sentences is outdated and ineffective."
The conservative case for reform is obvious Spending billions of dollars on

Conservatives Are Leading the Way as States Enact Criminal Justice Reform

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Congratulations to Micki McElya, named a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for THE POLITICS OF MOURNING, her "luminous investigation of how policies and practices at Arlington National Cemetery have mirrored the nation’s fierce battles over race, politics, honor and loyalty."
Congratulations to Micki McElya named a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for THE POLITICS

The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, by Micki McElya (Harvard University Press)

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"The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society."
The report finds that library workers expertise continues to play a key

State of America's Libraries 2017 | American Libraries Magazine

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A panoramic view of how the idea of humanity came into being:
A panoramic view of how the idea of humanity came into being:

Is Our Common Humanity a Discovery or an Invention?

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As markets grow less and less transparent, there's a growing need for regulation that aligns the interests of the tech giants with the interests of consumers.
As markets grow less and less transparent theres a growing need for

Death of the Best Deal?

The death of getting the best deal? Amazon and Google say their home digital assistants - that's Alexa on the Amazon Echo and Google Home (launched in the UK...

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Nicolas Serge
The art of writing card catalogue entries may be dying, but they still tell us a lot about our data past.
Harvard University Press 04/08/2017

The Lost Art of Library Card Catalogues

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Mark Hager
If you want to understand the wave of right-wing populism erupting in Europe and the United States, France is a good place to start.
If you want to understand the wave of rightwing populism erupting in

Le Pen’s Long Shadow

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Cristiano Sousa
Isabelle Talhari
Step aside, basketball. The winner of Junto March Madness 2017 is Alejandra Dubcovsky's Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South!

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Step aside basketball The winner of Junto March Madness 2017 is Alejandra

Junto March Madness 2017: Winner

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"If you were asked to name some famous figures of Renaissance culture, you would probably name Leonardo, Michelangelo or Erasmus. But you could have mentioned some Arabic names too."
If you were asked to name some famous figures of Renaissance culture

ROROTOKO : Dag Nikolaus Hasse On his book Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance : Cutting-Edge Intellectual Interviews

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Sarah Gerard, Sunshine State (Harper Perennial) Sarah Gerard’s debut novel Binary Star was a haunting portrait of the physical and societal disconnection felt by its narrator; her chapbooks T…
Harvard University Press 04/04/2017

16 Books to Read This April

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