What enables change? What gets in the way?

Title

The Eleventh

Author

Barbusse, Henri

Type

Reading

Overview

Published in 1918, “The Eleventh” was written by French novelist, editor, and journalist, Henri Barbusse about the arbitrary nature of philanthropy and giving. The narrator of Barbusse's…

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Title

The Lottery

Author

Jackson, Shirley

Type

Reading

Overview

First published in the June 26, 1948 issue of The New Yorker, “The Lottery” is a short story written by American author Shirley Jackson and is widely considered to be one of the most famous…

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Title

To Hell with Good Intentions

Author

Illich, Ivan

Type

Reading

Overview

An Austrian philosopher who founded the Intercultural Documentation Center in Mexico, Ivan Illich was known as a “maverick social critic” of contemporary Western culture. It is from this…

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Title

Waiting for Superman

Author

Guggenheim, Davis

Type

Video

Overview

The 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman, directed by Davis Guggenheim (director of An Inconvenient Truth) analyzes the future of public education in America and discusses…

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Title

First Day of School Desegregation

Author

Holt, Jimmy

Type

Image

Overview

“First day of school desegregation” was taken on September 9, 1957 outside of Buena Vista School in Nashville, Tennessee. The photograph shows three African-American women walking a young…

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