How Do You Make a Society Wise?

How Do You Make a Society Wise?

A wise society looks after the well-being of its citizenry. In order for there to be a wise society, though, many or most of its citizenry also must be wise since they create the society. But the society must educate its citizens to be wise. It’s a chicken-egg problem: Which comes first, the wise society […]

I Don’t Control a Lot of Things – but I Can Control What I Read

I found myself facing some epic declarations and accusations recently: “How do you even have the job that you have?” “And you have a Ph.D. in English! How? How did that happen?” “Should you even be a librarian?” I laughed in the face of everyone’s reactions to my seeming disgrace. I like to laugh. I […]

I Question Whether We Have Learned 'Citizenship' in Our Generation

About a year ago a dear friend gave me a copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America” by Gilbert King. The 2012 book earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the Pulitzer Committee described the book as a […]

Let Theatre Take You to a New World – Without Ringing, Glowing Phones

There’s been a lot of talk about patron use of technology in theaters, the most recent story of course being Patti LuPone’s snatching a phone out of a texting audience member’s hands in the middle of a scene during “Shows for Days” at the Lincoln Center Theater. LuPone, a Tony and Grammy award-winning actress who […]

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A Bold Move

A bold move by UCF. 30,000 jobs. And billions in economic development. The only project of its kind. Some call it a game changer. We call it a medical city. With research, hospitals and a College of Medicine…we’re transforming and savings lives. I’m Rick Walsh, UCF Class of ’77.