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Poverty and American Pride

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Poor Americans are hurting, facing wage stagnation, worse social benefits and less social mobility than the citizens of many other industrialized countries. Yet they’re more patriotic than ever. Why?

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Adam Smith & Fake News

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Misconceptions about the ideas of Adam Smith continue to this day. He never advocated an amoral free market economy, and knew that government would have to play a large role in protecting the weak against the strong.

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What the Public Humanities Can Mean for Immigrant Communities

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Nigerian basketball star Charles Okwandu on how the public humanities can help immigrants feel at home while honoring their nations’ histories and cultures.

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The Death of an Industry, But Not a Town

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Gardner was once the chair-making capital of the world but has now been virtually abandoned by industry. One Mass Humanities grantee is using the power of history to help people make sense of their situation, heal, and rebuild the community.

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John Adams & Why Fake News is Nothing New

“Fake news” is all the rage at the moment, but failing to expose it for what it is can have serious consequences for democracy. Take, for example, a campaign scare tactic used in the 1800 Presidential election.

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The Fairy Tale Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The ancient fables encapsulated and codified gender archetypes arising as oral legends from the mists of time, yet much is missing in that narrative and not all of the aspects of the timeless tales serve us well in contemporary society.

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Zen and the Art of Book Covers

Just start doing it. It can be a fictional project on your own if you want. Just do it; there is no recipe other than that.

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Sixteen Black Children’s Books for Better Bodies and Better Brains

This Black History month (and beyond!) let’s give our kids the gifts of learning and living.

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We Need More Diverse Books Because Black Lives Matter

The WeNeedDiverseBooks and BlackLivesMatter movements are the same. One campaign deals with the movement’s beginning. The other campaign deals with the movement’s ending – if things are not changed in the beginning.

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Cutting up Books in Libraries and other FAIR Adventures

On a recent Saturday, a group of adults and preteens gathered at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford, MA and began cutting up books. I mean, really tearing into them, leaving big holes in the pages. Right there in plain view of the librarian. And no one stopped them. They cut and ripped and cut some more. And then something magical happened. The books were reborn. They became art.

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