LITERATURE – Goethe

LITERATURE – Goethe

People have always had trouble pronouncing his name; if you don’t speak German it’s not at all obvious how you’re supposed to say it. A safe bet is to start with a hard G on Ger- and end with a -ter: Ger-ter. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has often been seen as one of Europe’s big […]

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LITERATURE – Samuel Beckett

LITERATURE – Samuel Beckett

The Association [Between] the great irish writer Samuel Beckett and the game of cricket Deserves to Be more Widely Known he Was A fine Player when a student at Trinity College Dublin and Even Married to Mention in A famous Wisdoms The Cricketers Bible the only Nobel Prize Winner to be so lauded on One […]

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LITERATURE – Virginia Woolf

LITERATURE – Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was a writer concerned, above all, with capturing in words the excitement, pain, beauty, and horror of what she termed, the Modern Age. Born in 1882, she was conscious of herself as a distinctively modernist writer at odds with a raft of the staid and complacent assumptions of nineteenth-century English literature. She realized […]

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LITERATURE – Marcel Proust

LITERATURE – Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust was an early 20th century French writer responsible for what’s officially the longest novel in the world: “A la recherche du temps perdu”/In search of Lost Time. which has 1.2 million words in it, double those in “War and Peace” . The book was published in French in 7 volumes over 14 years, […]

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LITERATURE – George Orwell

LITERATURE – George Orwell

George Orwell was an English intellectual who died in 1950 and used literature for the only reason it ultimately really exists – to try to change the world for the better. He was, in the deeper sense, a political writer, someone who wanted art to help us grow kinder, fairer, wiser. In 1946, a year […]

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Grocery Shopping in the United States – English Vegetable Vocabulary – American Culture

Grocery Shopping in the United States – English Vegetable Vocabulary – American Culture

Hi. I’m Denise. Thank you for watching my video. Right now I’m going to go grocery shopping. It’s 9:30 at night and I’m just going to go in here so we can take a look at a grocery store. This store is open 24 hours so I can shop at any time. I think it’s […]

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SOCIOLOGY – Émile Durkheim

SOCIOLOGY – Émile Durkheim

Émile Durkheim is the philosopher who can best help us to understand why capitalism makes us richer and yet frequently more miserable. He was born in 1858 in the little french town of Épinale near the German border. Before he was forty, Durkheim was appointed to a powerful and prestigious position: as a professor at […]

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How the US stole thousands of Native American children

How the US stole thousands of Native American children

I was adopted by a white missionary couple. I was adopted… immediately placed for adoption. I was in foster care with one family for 18 years. They were white. My parents loved us and I understand that. But at the same time… They took the idea that they were saving me. Saving us from ourselves. […]

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What is Literature for?

What is Literature for?

We have a general sense that these sort of places are filled with things that are deeply important, but what exactly is literature good for? Why should we spend our time reading novels or poems when out there, big things are going on. Let’s have a think about some of the ways literature benefits us.. […]

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The Singing Revolution: Educational Version 1.1 – 300,000 Person Protest Event

The Singing Revolution: Educational Version 1.1 – 300,000 Person Protest Event

Heinz Valk: So I worked on my speech very, very hard. I constructed this saying: “One day, no matter what, we will win.” One day, no matter what, we will win. In speeches (Cheers) In speeches after that day, if I omitted that phrase the people started shouting, “Heinz, say it!” Lyrics in Estonian: Estonian […]

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