Revealing a Black Feminist History Long Erased — A Message from Author Jenn M. Jackson, PhD

Contributed by Jenn M. Jackson, PhD, author of Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism and an award-winning professor of political science at Syracuse University. I’ll never forget the way it felt when I first learned that there was no Black Feminist History course offered at my undergraduate university. This elite institution

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Kind of a Big Deal author Saul Austerlitz shares his love of comedy with his students

For the last eight years, I’ve welcomed students to Writing About American Comedy, the class I teach at NYU, with a challenge of sorts.  After our introductions and hellos and our perusal of the syllabus, I pop open the portable DVD player attached to my laptop and cue up Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. 

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A Monthly Update from Penguin Classics

Because what you read matters.   Subscribe to the Penguin Classics Newsletter here.   April showers bring May books! Check out the new classics we’re reading to celebrate the return of sunny days and warmer weather, and let us know on social media what you’re turning to (we’re @PenguinClassics everywhere). Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska A

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Our Flag on the High Seas Means Rebellion: Pirate Culture in Pop Culture

By: Gabel Strickland   “More than a little like Robin Hood, the mythic outlaw but friend of the people who has endured like no other figure in the English language, the pirates—to simplify an exceedingly complex category—have been a natural for popularization and romanticization. They exist beyond the margins of law and order. They boast

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Watch Chris Blattman discuss his book Why We Fight

By: Chris Blattman   I’m an economist by training, but I’ve spent much of my career in political science departments and public policy schools. I even married a psychologist, and we collaborate on a lot of our research. Nowadays, my work looks a lot like sociology. In this book, I wanted to bring together decades

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A Monthly Update from Penguin Classics

Because what you read matters.   Subscribe to the Penguin Classics Newsletter here.   Spring has sprung at Penguin Classics HQ, and we are celebrating with a fresh bouquet of brand-new classics. Read on to see what we’re picking up this month, and let us know on social media what your favorite springtime reads are (we’re

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A Monthly Update from Penguin Classics

Because what you read matters.   Subscribe to the Penguin Classics Newsletter here.   From the new 65th-anniversary edition of a beloved New York novel, to the Islamic world’s landmark meditation on plagues, to a spotlight on our favorite classic women writers for Women’s History Month, there are plenty of Penguin Classics to put a spring

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FROM THE PAGE: An Excerpt from Matthew Connelly’s The Declassification Engine

Using the latest techniques in data science, historian Matthew Connelly analyzes the millions of state documents both accessible to the public and still under review to unearth not only what the government does not want us to know, but what it says about the very authority we bequeath to our leaders. By culling this research

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Beacon Author and “Badass” Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann Dies at 75

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of the acclaimed Disability Rights activist and author, Judith Heumann. Ms. Heumann died Saturday, March 4th in Washington DC after a brief hospitalization. She was 75 years old. Long before she became an international leader of the Disability Rights movement, with many of her US

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Adam Benforado on Youth Rights and the Path to a Better Future

Contributed by Adam Benforado, author of A Minor Revolution: How Prioritizing Kids Benefits Us All. Drawing on the latest research on the value of early intervention, investment, and empowerment, A Minor Revolution makes the urgent case for putting children first—in our budgets and policies, in how we develop products and enact laws, and in our families and communities.

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Excerpt from Let Your Light Shine: How Mindfulness Can Empower Children and Rebuild Communities

In this inspiring book, founders of The Holistic Life Foundation Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez describe how they have spent the past twenty years teaching yoga, meditation, and breathwork to thousands of at-risk kids in Baltimore schools helping them to develop deep reserves of patience, empathy, resolve, and—when needed—the righteous anger that fuels

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Princeton Pre-read book Every Day the River Changes inspires Class of 2026 to pursue their passions

Over the summer, 1,500 Princeton first-years read alumnus Jordan Salama’s celebrated travelogue, Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena. Salama, a Class of 2019 graduate, spoke in conversation with President Christopher L. Eisgruber, who wrote the following introduction for the custom edition of the book: Dear Members of the GREAT Class of

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