What is power? How does it work?

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The Walrus and the Carpenter

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Reading

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This poem first appeared in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass: And What Alice Found There. Though it appears to be delightful nonsense verse for children, adults can find deeper meaning…

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Ozymandias

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Reading

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) came to prominence in England's Romantic Period and led a life of wide travel and dramatic outspokenness until an untimely drowning death in Italy. "Ozymandias" is…

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Shooting an Elephant

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Reading

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George Orwell, best known as the political novelist who wrote1984 and Animal Farm, was also a prolific journalist and essayist. "Shooting an Elephant" (1936) grew out of Orwell’s service as…

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Beverly Hills, Chicago

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Reading

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Renowned for her "small... terse portraits of the Black urban poor" (Richard K. Barksdale), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gwendolyn Brooks here showcases the disparity created by social class and race. The…

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Oakland, CA - Occupy City Hall

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Image

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This photograph was taken by Bay Area photojournalist Mathew Sumner in November, 2011. In it, protesters meditate on the plaza outside Oakland City Hall while police in riot gear stand…