What does a sense of belonging make possible?

Title

The Porcupine’s Dilemma

Author

Schopenhauer, Arthur

Type

Reading

Overview

Nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote extensively on motivation, desire, and the relationship between the individual and society. Sometimes called “the philosopher of…

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Title

Learning to Love America

Author

Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin

Type

Reading

Overview

Born in Malacca, Malaysia in 1944, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim was raised by her Chinese father and emigrated to the U.S. as a young woman. The author of several books of poetry, short stories and…

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Title

Race

Author

Alexander, Elizabeth

Type

Reading

Overview

Born in New York City in 1962 and raised in Washington, DC, award-winning poet and essayist Elizabeth Alexander teaches in the Department of African American Studies at Yale University. This poem from…

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Title

Self-Reliance (excerpt)

Author

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Type

Reading

Overview

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), famously associated with the Transcendentalist movement of the nineteenth century, was variously occupied as a teacher, poet, essayist, and Unitarian minister throughout…

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