A early chest, belonging to Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of The Bodleian Library at Oxford Unviersity.
When the first universities opened in Europe, some 800 years ago, students literally borrowed from a chest and used their books as collateral.
Elena Kagan takes the hot seat for what she called a “vapid and hollow charade” in 2010.
Confirmation hearings are important to the health of American democracy -- so bring on Merrick Garland's.
American classrooms do not talk frankly about teenage love or emotional intimacy.
Sex education in American classrooms tends to focus on physical acts, disease and pregnancy. It provides little support to teenage boys for their need for emotional intimacy.
The Free Syrian Army standing lookout.
On February 11 a Syrian ceasefire was signed in Munich. Few are optimistic it will hold. Why? Because, argues one Middle Eastern scholar, world leaders are ignoring key realities.
Public interest and peer pressure among countries are integral to enforcement of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement recognizes the reality of global environmental pacts: the private sector must lead transition to low-carbon technology and civil society must keep up the pressure to act.
Hungry for more than just the turkey.
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Our panel discusses the benefits of gathering for an annual holiday meal. Traditions and rituals give us a sense of identity and closeness with those we love – and come with mental and physical health benefits too.
Mario Vargas-Lopez hugs his daughter, Jersey, who is a anti-deportation activist. March 29 2014.
An estimated 1.6 million American children are separated from their parents through deportation.
The warming global climate is causing fundamental changes to the carbon cycle in northern parts of the world.
Global warming is changing the movement of carbon within northern ecosystems to the point where the Arctic could become a net source, rather than sink, of greenhouse gas emissions.
Science in isolation cannot provide solutions to world’s complex problem.
Universities across the country are increasingly buying into the idea of sustainability science as an academic discipline. There are 118 such programs today. What's the point?
They can help us.
Syrian refugees have key assets and life stories that can contribute to the long, but necessary, struggle to end violence in the Middle East.
‘Respectability politics’ at black colleges.
Dillard University, a historically black college, asked students to wear ties and suits on the first day of class. But if history is a guide, this conformity could actually enable radical thought.
Oil-enriched kingdom: Saudi Arabia’s Shaybah oilfield complex at night in the Rub’ al-Khali desert.
American consumers may welcome lower gas prices, but the drop in oil revenues could impact Arab Gulf states and Middle East security. A scholar examines the realities of decreased oil revenues.
Black colleges and universities exemplify the American ideals of civil rights and equality.
Historically black colleges account for only 3% of all colleges and universities. But, even today, 20% of black Americans earn their degrees at these schools.
White painter William Gilbert Gaul’s To the End (1907-1909) uses the loyal slave trope.
Black Like Us? – a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art – looks at how blackness has been portrayed in American art through the years.
Asymmetries in the regulation of global trade in goods and services as well as finance have serious implications for Africa.
Efforts to address Africa's developmental challenges are hampered by features of the global governance architecture that undermine national policy and international cooperation.
Home away from home for too many Syrians.
US State Department
Syrians are the single largest group of displaced people in the world. How to make sure that the plight of these refugees doesn't fuel future conflicts?
President Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in January 2015.
Hype over the absence of the Saudi king at US-Gulf Cooperation Council summit obscures the real issues facing the US and its Arab allies.
How much of the harmful arsenic does it have?
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Tests have shown that arsenic in rice often exceeds recommended daily levels, yet there are no in-food arsenic safety standards. Why not?
Watch what you eat.
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The final public comment session for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines ends on May 8. So what do you need know?
Come together: Tunisians protest the attack on the Bardo Museum.
Tunisia has come further than any post-Arab Spring nation – so it's no wonder it drew Islamic State's ghastly attention.