What’s Your Ideal Writing Space and Process?

by on February 4, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »


ian mcewanIn this short interview clip, the acclaimed British novelist Ian McEwan talks about his writing space, his writing process, and throwing away a piece of paper isn’t like putting a dish in the dishwasher.

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from “Words Will Never Hurt Me”

by on January 30, 2015 in Must Sees, Uncategorized with No Comments »


George Carlin

Here’s a short audio piece from Radiolab about euphemisms! Comedian George Carlin rails against descriptors that whisk away the “unpleasant” from view, while writer Adam Gopnik defends ‘em.

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Junot Diaz Loves Libraries

by on November 11, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


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In this excerpt from his interview with Bill Moyers, Junot Diaz reflects on his first experience in a library and how it opened up the world of reading for him.

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What It Means To Be “Articulate”

by on October 28, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


Here’s an NPR audio piece about poet and scholar Jamila Lyiscott. She explores the different meanings of being called “articulate” as an African American who speaks highly polished, academic language.

 

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How Literature Can Improve Your Life

by on October 16, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


This animation explores the various arguments for reading literature. Curious about how the simple act of reading Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao can make you a better person? Check out this groovy animation created by The School of Life.

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How Public Education is Changing (Animated Version)

by on October 9, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


This video depicts a speech given by English educationalist Sir Ken Robinson about the changing paradigm of public education all over the world in full animation. Cool graphics, intriguing ideas.

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Facts and Figures

by on October 2, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


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Some facts and figures from Harper’s Index (September, 2014) regarding education, race, national energy politics and more. A statistician’s dreamboat! Possibly profound, disturbing and hilarious for the rest of us.

 

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Thought Mapping

by on August 14, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


At first glance, the picture below might seem familiar –an old map of the Amazon River and its tributaries. Looking more closely, you may find this map increasingly curious… Armenia? Spain? Athens? Along the Amazon? In fact, this image is from the first text book for American school children, a textbook written in 1824 by feminist and innovative educator, Emma Willard. She created this map and diagram for students to memorize European history, in this case the progression of the Roman Empire, by diagraming that expansion visually onto the course of the Amazon. If you click onto the map below, a link will take you to  version of the map that you can zoom into and see much more clearly.

 
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Some LEC students have found it helpful to do thought maps too — of a different kind — as an initial method of visually organizing their ideas. Below, you can find an example of a thought map (about thought mapping) from the internet. Click onto it to find a link.

 

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And here is a picture of Aston Powell, BBA 2015, standing in front of his thought map.

 

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Let’s Do This!

by on August 12, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


Damon Horowitz
Damon Horowitz, who teaches college-level philosophy courses to inmates at San Quentin State Prison, discusses “right,” “wrong,” and the intersection of real life experiences and Socrates. His inspiring Ted Talk is less than five minutes long, but it leaves a lasting impact.

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The New Reading Rainbow

by on July 9, 2014 in Must Sees with No Comments »


Anyone remember “Reading Rainbow,” the show geared toward getting kids to read? It ran on PBS from 1983-2006, and in 2012 it became a downloadable app. Now it has a funny new Kickstarter campaign, starring its longtime beloved host, LeVar Burton, raising money to improve the app. Check it out below.

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