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After 200 years, Walt Whitman's impact is still evident

(03/27/19 4:00am)

Arguably one of America’s most influential and innovative poets, Walt Whitman was surely ahead of his time. Written approximately 150 years ago, Whitman’s words continue to excite and liberate us as they offer insights into humanity, sexuality and personal freedom that will forever be timeless. In honor of the bicentennial of the poet’s birth, the Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University–New Brunswick Libraries presented its “Poet of the Future” exhibition on Tuesday. 


Celebrating humanity's shared artistic tradition: Theatre

(03/27/19 4:00am)

In May 1964, playwright, author and activist Lorraine Hansberry gave a speech to the winners of a creative writing contest hosted by Reader’s Digest and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Included in her remarks was this illuminating quote: “Write if you will: But write about the world as it is and as you think it ought to be and must be — if there is to be a world. Write about all the things that men have written about since the beginning of writing and talking — but write to a point. Work hard at it, care about it. Write about our people: Tell their story. You have something glorious to draw on begging for attention. Don’t pass it up.” 


Eagleton hosts event promoting free speech on college campuses

(03/27/19 3:21am)

The Eagleton Institute of Politics Center for Youth Political Participation held the event "Pizza and Politics: Fostering Civil Dialogue on Campus" yesterday. It was headlined by Nancy Thomas, the director of Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University, and Elizabeth Matto, the director of Eagleton's Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP).





MEJIA: End of Women’s History Month should not stop discourse

(03/27/19 4:00am)

March has been a month to celebrate notable women leaders, our own personal heroines and even women in our families. The whole purpose of this month is to celebrate the vital role women have had in forming history. This is the time to reflect upon our women leaders and the silent operators that do not get recognition for their hand at making a difference. 



Murphy announces higher education bill of rights

(03/27/19 3:18am)

Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) and New Jersey Secretary of Education Zakiya Smith Ellis announced yesterday their new plan to ensure higher education meets student needs under the vision of a Student Bill of Rights, affirming the central goal of achieving 65 percent postsecondary attainment by 2025 and committing the state to its vision, according to a governor’s office press release. 





ABRAMS: Media’s fixation on Beto hurts Democrats

(03/27/19 4:00am)

On March 13, Vanity Fair published an 8,800-word cover story glossed with a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: his brown-gray hair tussled over his forehead, bucolic Texas landscape in the background and door of his Toyota Tundra ajar. The piece profiles him in detail, covering everything from his penchant for punk rock to his presidential ambitions. “Man, I'm just born to be in it,” he said.