The Room Where It Happens

A few months ago, I took 20 of my University of Tennessee students to New York for a drama course that included, among other things, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. If you happen to have missed it, run–don’t walk–to your favorite music app and download the soundtrack now; tickets to the show are all but impossible to […]

America's Back Door

The Harvard Gazette has released a series of articles on inequality in America. They describe Harvard University scholars’ efforts across a range of disciplines to identify and understand this nation-defining and dividing concern and possible solutions. The first piece in the series opens: “It’s a seemingly nondescript chart, buried in a Harvard Business School (HBS) […]

The Top 5 Things to Know About the New SAT

The College Board’s 2014 announcement that there would be a complete overhaul of the SAT sent many people into a tizzy; and the time has finally come for students to meet the new test. With these five tips in mind, you are bound to get the most out of your standardized testing, no matter what […]

Hopers are the real pragmatists. The others are liars and cynics.

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? Over half a century […]