How do we respond to strangers?

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Why Do We Help or Refuse Help to Strangers?

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This poem and its themes generated a lot of interest amongst students. One student told me later she incorporated the poem and our reflection in her philosophy paper.

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Young Armless Man in the Barbecue Restaurant

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Reading

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Brooklyn-born poet Phyllis Koestenbaum is senior scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University.  "Admission of Failure" appeared in a collection of Koestenbaum's prose poems…

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Kalounna in Frogtown

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Image

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Born in southeastern Pennsylvania in 1946, James (Jaime) Browning Wyeth joined a family of artists. His father was the famous painter Andrew Wyeth, and his paternal grandfather, N.C. Wyeth, was…

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Nuit of the Living Dead

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Audio

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Award-winning humorist David Sedaris is a well-known author, playwright, and commentator for National Public Radio. This essay, from his popular book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, tells the…

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The Odyssey, Book X

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Reading

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Originally recited by the bard Homer in towns and villages all over Greece, The Odyssey was finally written down in the 8th century BCE. Ulysses, or Odysseus', adventures on the…