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Jane Jacobs Walk

“Who was Jane Jacobs? Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of … Continue reading

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At Columbia, Revisiting the Revolutionary Students of 1968

Strikers on the ledge of Mathematics Hall, one of five buildings at Columbia University that students took over in April 1968. “The campus of Columbia University is dotted with monuments to illustrious alumni and high-minded ideals. But on a sunny … Continue reading

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Death at an Early Age – Jonathan Kozol (1967)

“‘Someday, maybe,’ Erik Erikson has written, ‘there will exist a well-informed, well-considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.’ If that day ever comes, American educators may … Continue reading

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Paradise, Kentucky

“In 1971, a song titled ‘Paradise’ began to be heard on the radio. It was written and performed by country singer John Prine. The song, written for Prine’s father, is about how coal mining altered the countryside in western Kentucky. … Continue reading

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50 Years of Affirmative Action: What Went Right, and What It Got Wrong

The commencement for the Class of 1973 at Columbia University. The number of black students admitted to Columbia rose sharply in 1969. About half of those who enrolled graduated four years later. “On cold mornings, Les Goodson shows up early … Continue reading

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Expo 67

“The 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, as it was commonly known, was a general exhibition, Category One World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It is considered to be the … Continue reading

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Jonas Mekas (1922– 2019)

“Jonas Mekas (Lithuanian: [ˈjonɐs ˈmækɐs]; born December 24, 1922– January 23, 2019) is a Lithuanian–American filmmaker, poet and artist who has often been called ‘the godfather of American avant-garde cinema.’ His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide. … … Continue reading

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