Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Happens When Disaster Strikes? A Message from Sheri Fink

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????By Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, September 2013).

Memorial Medical was surrounded by floodwaters after the levees failed in New Orleans in 2005, drowning one of America’s great cities. Within hours, all power would fail. The heat rose. Rescue helicopters began arriving. They transported one or two patients at a time, but there were around 250 patients and 2,000 staff and family members. Who should be rescued first? Continue reading

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A Life Lesson for Every Student

THINK with borderBy Guy P. Harrison, author of Think: Why You Should Question Everything (Prometheus Books, 2013).

Students in their first year of college are experiencing a pivotal time in their lives: for the first time they are on their own, making decisions with real implications and seeing their world expand exponentially. Unfortunately, most institutions do not teach courses devoted to critical thinking, and even fewer make them required of students to graduate, despite the fact that critical thinking and logic are applicable to every discipline and are skills that students can use for a lifetime. Our students need to be armed with excellent critical thinking skills, and Think is just the book to teach them. Continue reading

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Orange Is the New Black: Piper Kerman’s Journey from Book to Netflix Series to Common Read

orangeBy Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (Spiegel & Grau, 2010).

In the early 1990s, I was a graduate from an elite women’s college, a little lost and very much looking for adventure and finding it in an unlikely criminal underworld. In 2004, I was a successful professional standing at the gates of a federal women’s prison, about to start serving time for a ten-year-old drug offense. My book, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, details my plunge into the hidden world of America’s enormous prison system, the women and men I met there, and the profound effect that incarceration has on individuals and communities around the country. The book was adapted into the hit Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. Continue reading

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New Beyonce Track Samples Chimamada Ngozi Adiche’s Call to Feminism

KSu13_Adic_9780307271082_ap1Author Chimamada Ngozi Adiche makes a dramatic appearance on ***Flawless, a track from Beyonce’s newest album. ***Flawless samples selections from a talk Adiche gave at the TEDxEuston in London in 2013 titled, “We Should All Be Feminists.”

“Feminist: the person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes,” says Adiche, who further explores issues of race and gender in her newest novel Americanah. Adiche’s earlier TED talk “The Danger of a Single Story” is one of the most viewed TED videos of all time, and explains how easy it can be to misunderstand other cultures if we hear only a sole narrative about another person or country.

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