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An Anthem Against Silence: Amanda Palmer Reads Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s Piercing and Prescient 1914 Protest Poem
An Anthem Against Silence: Amanda Palmer Reads Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s Piercing and Prescient 1914 Protest Poem

“To sin by silence, when we should protest makes cowards out of men.”

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Hannah Arendt on Jewishness, the Immigrant Plight for Identity, and the Meaning of “Refugee”
Hannah Arendt on Jewishness, the Immigrant Plight for Identity, and the Meaning of “Refugee”

“Society has discovered discrimination as the great social weapon by which one may kill men without any bloodshed.”

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The Writing of “Silent Spring”: Rachel Carson and the Culture-Shifting Courage to Speak Inconvenient Truth to Power
The Writing of “Silent Spring”: Rachel Carson and the Culture-Shifting Courage to Speak Inconvenient Truth to Power

“It is, in the deepest sense, a privilege as well as a duty to have the opportunity to speak out — to many thousands of people — on something so important.”

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The Great Arab-American Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on Why Artists Make Art
The Great Arab-American Painter, Poet, and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran on Why Artists Make Art

“There is no deeper desire than the desire of being revealed. We all want that little light in us to be taken from under the bushel.”

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Literary Constellations: Astronomy-Inspired Visualizations of the Opening Sentences of Beloved Books
Literary Constellations: Astronomy-Inspired Visualizations of the Opening Sentences of Beloved Books

From Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to The Time Machine, data art meets literature.

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In Search of a Better World: Karl Popper on Truth vs. Certainty and the Dangers of Relativism
In Search of a Better World: Karl Popper on Truth vs. Certainty and the Dangers of Relativism

“Knowledge consists in the search for truth… It is not the search for certainty.”

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