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World Read Aloud Day 2018: Join us for 24 hours of magical belonging! by Pam Allyn (SHS '80)

pamallyn_headshot.jpegWhen we first meet Harry Potter, he lives in a small space under the Dursleys’ stairs, lonely and afraid that what his cousin says about him is true: he will never fit in. Yet destiny soon bursts into his life in the form of a half-giant named Hagrid to correct that assumption. Harry belongs to a whole new world; he’s a wizard, and in Diagon Alley, his infamous scar is no longer ugly, but miraculous. On the Hogwarts Express, his compartment is small, but it holds true friends. Harry escapes the Dursleys, and finds places and people with whom he belongs. These early moments in the Harry Potter series are so memorable and special for all of us because we too feel we are being invited into a world where all of us, with scars and all, can not only belong, but soar together. Books and stories are miraculous too, because they create worlds of invitation.

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Gary Trauner (SHS '76) is running for US Senate in Wyoming

Gary.jpgWhy am I running for United States Senate in Wyoming? It’s pretty simple: Deep down, we all know that something is deeply wrong in Washington. The system is rigged, DC is broken and regular, hard-working people are no longer getting ahead.

I’m running so we can return to a responsible government that puts people - not party or political contributors – first.

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Review of “¿Por qué? 101 Questions about Spanish" by Judy Hochberg (SHS '78)

JudyH.jpgTake a pair of scissors, prepare to use them to cut verb endings, then brace yourself: you are about to embark on a memorable journey into the Spanish language. Archaic as it might seem in our highly technologised world, the pair of scissors is one of the pedagogical tools Judy Hochberg uses in ¿Por qué? as part of her ludic approach to language study. Her approach is both playful and academic, and the linguistic interrogations triggered by her own experiences as a student, researcher and teacher benefit from deftly structured and well-documented answers.

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Author Elizabeth Fideler (SHS '60) talks about her new book “Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Proper Bostonian, Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist,”

ElizF.jpgIn 2014, Framingham author Elizabeth Fideler was looking for a new book project when she came across an idea she hadn’t previously considered: profiling an individual who was highly accomplished, yet not famous.

“I knew Margaret Pearmain Welch to be a very interesting woman, but after my research, I understood how truly remarkable she was,” said Fideler, a research associate at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. “Her story deserved to be told.”

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Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C. by Thomas E. Ricks (SHS '73)

ter.jpegAs a young reporter in political Washington in the late 1980s, I noticed that there was a type of person who thrived in the driven, transactional environment of the capital. These were people who somehow, as I thought of it, “enjoyed the game.” I liked interviewing members of Congress and their staffers who conveyed that sense of pleasure in the daily doings of the place.

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Our Scarsdale DealBook columnist, Andrew Sorkin (SHS '95) picks his favorite business books to dive into as 2018 begins

03a5b68df879a012c438695d2a1f82cd--andrew-ross-sorkin-managing-money.jpg"This year has been a big one for business news...there are a handful of truly eye-opening business books that are worth your attention. As I do every year, I pored over dozens of books to identify several gems."

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DOC NYC: Barbara Kopple (SHS '64) on Her True Crime Tale, A Murder in Mansfield

MV5BMjA3ODQ5Njc2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzMzNDI0OQ__._V1_UX214_CR0_0_214_317_AL_.jpg“A friend of mine has this absolutely fantastic story that we should all do together.”

"Barbara Kopple heard these words, she tells me, on a phone call last year with producer John Morrissey (American History X). She’s likely heard such preambles before. Kopple has directed documentaries for more than 40 years, from her landmark labor-strike feature Harlan County U.S.A. to her profiles of Woody Allen (Wild Man Blues), the Dixie Chicks (Shut Up & Sing) and the late, eternally great Sharon Jones (Miss Sharon Jones!)"

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NYT reporter, Henry Fountain (SHS '72) talks natural disasters and science

i-Fountain_Web_Med_0_0.jpgAs 2017 starts to wind down, the amount of high-profile natural disasters that have affected every part of the world this year is shocking. Communities grappled with hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, wildfires in California and Montana, massive flooding in India and many more.

Last Thursday, longtime environmental reporter Henry Fountain spoke at UNM’S Hibben Center to explain his fascination with disasters and how they radically change the future of the world.

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Aaron Sorkin (SHS '79) takes on dual role as writer/director of biopic ‘Molly’s Game’

MV5BMjE4MjkwNTU4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzk1MzU0MzE_._V1_UX214_CR0_0_214_317_AL_.jpgAaron Sorkin knows that anytime a writer or actor decides to step behind the camera for the first time, the first question is usually whether directing has always been his or her dream. So the Academy Award-winning screenwriter (“The Social Network”) and playwright (“A Few Good Men”) sat down for a recent interview with a preemptive response at the ready.

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'The Vagina Monologues' Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Material

Eve_Ensler_at_a_Hudson_Union_Society_event_in_March_2011.jpgEve Ensler's (SHS '71) internationally famous book The Vagina Monologues is being released in a special anniversary edition with additional, never-before-published monologues. The Vagina Monologues is a stage production consisting of a variety of personal monologues read by a diverse group of women. After its initial premiere more than 20 years ago in New York, the show gained in fame thanks to an all-star production at Madison Square Garden and a television production by HBO. Its hard-hitting text has since been translated into 45 languages and the show performed in more than 100 countries.

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