Panama Summit of the Americas – Cuba and U.S. Talk

Last Friday, April 10, the Seventh Summit of the Americas commenced in Panama City, Panama. All of the political leaders from countries within the Western Hemisphere met for a two-day conference to discuss policy and issues specific to this region of the world. What’s new this year? Cuba’s invitation and attendance! With the United States’ […]


Play Ball! The Physics of Baseball

Roger Hornsby, the baseball player, manager, and coach once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Last week, umpires across the country ended fans’ and players’ wait when at last they called “Play ball!” […]


Lost: Amelia Earhart

On March 8, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 left the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Beijing, China. It never arrived. Over a week later, rescuers continue to search for the plane and its 239 passengers in huge swaths of the Indian Ocean west of Australia, as well the mountains of Central Asia. The multi-national rescue […]


Celebrating Women Leaders – March 2014

This month, we celebrate women in history. By focusing on the great number of inventions, discoveries, ideas, and achievements by women throughout history provides students with an appreciation of the ingenuity that women have contributed to our world today. March’s focus on women should merely be a springboard for exploring the accomplishments of hard-working, intelligent, […]


A Lot Happening in 1922

What do the following events have in common: Irish Civil War, Teapot Dome Scandal, the abolishment of the Ottoman Empire, and the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb? The common thread is that all of the mentioned events took place during 1922. Season 4 of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey began airing last month. This […]


Nelson Mandela, A Man for All Seasons

The entire world tuned in to the passing of one of the greatest men of our time. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 95, dedicated his life to end apartheid and to nurture racial reconciliation in South Africa. Like Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Mandela is considered the leader of a movement and is often described as […]


Toe-to-Toe on the Korean Peninsula

For over a half-century the Korean Peninsula has existed in a state of limbo, neither at war, nor at peace. In the years since the Korean War, tensions between North Korea and South Korea have waxed and waned, though never dissipated. During the past month, tensions have been mounting again. As South Korea’s constant political […]


An Apple a Day

Apples, the crunchy, juicy fall fruit, have inspired writers, philosophers, and scientists for centuries. Quotes about apples abound: The apple does not fall far from the tree. She is the apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why did the apple fall? You cannot compare apples and oranges. She is […]


Still Marching for Jobs and Freedom

Throughout the 1960s, civil rights advocates worked and marched for jobs, justice, and civil rights, especially for African Americans. The March for Jobs and Freedom was one part of that movement but it marked a turning point in the fight for civil rights. The March, famous in part because of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have […]


Welcome to the World, HRH Prince George of Cambridge

Since Kate and William announced they were expecting a baby, curious well-wishers have been speculating about and betting on the birth day, and gender and name of the next royal baby. The anticipation ended last week when Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William announced the birth of their son at St. Mary’s Hospital in […]

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