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February 12, 2010

Why Politics Can’t Be Freed From Religion

New book discusses the overlap between current affairs, political, and religious debate

February 03, 2010

A Brief History of Liberty

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.”—Viktor Frankl

January 27, 2010

THE IDES: Caesar’s Murder and the War for Rome

Publishers Weekly calls it “a page-turner”. Library Journal recommends it, “for all readers seeking a lively introduction to a turning point in Roman history.” Historian Stephen-Dando Collins offers a fresh take on the infamous murder of Julius Caesar, uncovering long-held suspicions previously unanswered, in his new book.

January 04, 2010

Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals

“Animalkind raises all the important ethical questions about how we should treat animals.  Whether you are a meat-eater or a vegan, after reading Jean Kazez's lively and concise book, you'll be provoked to think long and hard about her arguments.” —Peter Singer, Author of In Defense of Animals (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005)

"This book will make readers on both sides of animal issues think very deeply.  Essential reading for everyone who is interested in ethical issues regarding the use of animals." —Temple Grandin, Author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

January 04, 2010

Meaning and Mystery: What It Means to Believe in God

"This book achieves something very difficult: it provides a fresh and innovative way of looking at the age-old questions about religious faith that philosophers have argued about for centuries. Written in a clear and engaging style, Holley shows the role 'life-orienting stories' play for both believers and atheists, and, without dogmatism or minimizing difficulties, he shows how religious faith might be possible in the contemporary world." —C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University

December 16, 2009

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

A practical guide to the learning our students need to thrive in our times

November 19, 2009

"Hobbits" are a New Human Species - According to the Statistical Analysis of Fossils

Homo floresiensis Not Diseased Sub-Population of Healthy Humans

November 09, 2009

Gifts for the Curious: What to Get the Dan Brown Fan

The popularity of Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, has opened up the secretive world of the Freemasons to millions of readers. The ancient society and puzzling ciphers featured in the book have sparked interest in finding out more about both.

October 07, 2009

None of Us is As Good As All of Us: How McDonald's Prospers by Embracing Inclusion and Diversity

With its iconic Golden Arches, unforgettable jingles, and famous french fries, McDonald’s is one of the most recognizable brand names in the world. It is also one of the world’s largest employers:  more than 1.6 million employees in 118 countries. 

October 06, 2009

Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture

New Book Breaks Down the Public Discourse Surrounding Political Correctness

October 05, 2009

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases Questionable Survey Results

Recent Article from the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies Questions Validity of Chamber Survey

October 04, 2009

“Big Ideas of History” will save Globalization and Preserve Civilization

It is a truth (somewhat) universally acknowledged that globalization has given us the most remarkable sixty years of economic growth in world history. It is a process that has lifted hundreds of millions worldwide out of extreme poverty, and has helped raise life expectancy and literacy rates.

October 01, 2009

Western Power in Asia: Its Slow Rise and Swift Fall, 1415 – 1999

For centuries, the major powers of the West were seduced by the allure of the countries of “the Far East”. Spices, textile, silk and tea were the staples of East-West trade. But competition between Western traders eventually led to military intervention and the establishment of colonial empires. These actions have shaped the history of Asia, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence and shape this region today.

September 21, 2009

Uncover How China’s Leaders Think and the Inside Story of China’s Reform

Who are China’s Leaders? How do they think? What does it mean for the future?  These are the questions of the moment as New China celebrates its 60th anniversary, because China impacts everyone—an economic superpower competing in every arena of human endeavor.  But China’s astonishing transformation comes with challenges and contradictions.  Is there a looming “China Threat?” Or an emerging “China Model?”

September 21, 2009

Uncertain Climate Regulations—Why Corporations Still Invest

Corporations take investment risks regardless of regulatory enforcement

September 03, 2009

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists

Fifty Self-Proclaimed "Atheists" Reveal Their Innermost Spiritual Reflections

August 26, 2009

Unseen Bed-In for Peace Photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono from Life Photographer Gerry Deiter

This year marks the 40th anniversary of John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace, which took place May 26 – June 2, 1969.  It was there, on June 1st, that the legendary anthem “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded. Life magazine photographer Gerry Deiter was present for all eight days of the Bed-in, capturing both large, boisterous gatherings of journalists and celebrities, and the smaller, more intimate moments between John and Yoko. The result was an archive of almost 500 images, many of which were never published – until now. 

August 20, 2009

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

The Reign of the Nine-Days’ Queen in 1553 England

"Whodunit" style telling of the events of the summer of 1553 in Tudor-era England

August 10, 2009

POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD: A Field Manual for the Super-Virtuous Life

Love ‘em or leave ‘em, the saints have left their imprint on our culture. A brief look in the phone book at the names of hospitals, schools, and churches proves the point. But who were these saints and what made them so holy?

August 10, 2009

POCKET GUIDE TO THE AFTERLIFE: Heaven, Hell, and Other Ultimate Destinations

Where do we go when we die? Will we have personal chats with God on fluffy clouds? What are the odds I will be devoured by a demon? And, most importantly, is Michael Jackson in heaven? Life’s deepest mysteries question what happens when life is over.  

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