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Bagehot

Ghostwriting on Behalf of the ‘Greatest Victorian’s’ Ghost

The Memoirs of Walter Bagehot is an unusual inclusion in our September theme, “Memoir and Memory,” as the recorded memories, although told in the first person, were fabricated on behalf of Bagehot by historian Frank Prochaska. Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), called the “Greatest Victorian”, left no memoir of his life as a prominent Victorian lawyer, businessman, essayist and […]

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Mutiny and Its Bounty

Mutiny Profiles: Henry Hudson

Hudson shows today’s leaders that an obsessive leader is a real danger to entrepreneurial ventures and members eventually have a responsibility to depose the authority of such a leader. Patrick J. Murphy and Ray W. Coye’s   Mutiny and Its  Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery explores how great seafaring captains like Columbus and Magellan not only […]

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The Incidental Steward

Akiko Busch on Citizen Science: An Excerpt from The Incidental Steward

Akiko Busch’s new book, The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science, plots the course of one individual and her interactions with the natural world. While most of her work is related to saving the Hudson River, this book works to understand all forms of citizen science, from community clean up activism to commuter-driven crowd-sourced data […]

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Mutiny and Its Bounty

Mutiny Profiles: Sebastian Cabot

Sebastian Cabot shows today’s leaders a caveat regarding how it is possible for one with limited ability to mislead and manage impressions and still achieve success. Patrick J. Murphy and Ray W. Coye’s  Mutiny and Its  Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery explores how great seafaring captains like Columbus and Magellan not only quelled mutinies but […]

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Mutiny and Its Bounty

Mutiny Profiles: Ferdinand Magellan

Magellan shows today’s leaders the value of making a well-researched bold prediction, and then sticking to the plan no matter what happens. Patrick J. Murphy and Ray W. Coye’s Mutiny and Its  Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery explores how great seafaring captains like Columbus and Magellan not only quelled mutinies but also built upon such incidents […]

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Mutiny and Its Bounty

Mutiny Profiles: Christopher Columbus

Columbus shows today’s leaders how to use communication skill to spirit people to the edge of success and failure, and then use mutiny as a force to carry them over the line to success. Patrick J. Murphy and Ray W. Coye’s   Mutiny and Its  Bounty: Leadership Lessons from the Age of Discovery explores how great seafaring captains like […]

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Francis of Assisi

Eminent Biography: André Vauchez on Francis of Assisi

Last month, as it became clear that Cardinal Bergoglio would likely be elected Pope, his friend Brazilian Cardinal Claudio hugged him and gave him a message. “He said don’t forget about the poor,” Pope Francis explained at a Vatican press conference. “And that’s how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi.” Francis of […]

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A Little History of Philosophy

Nigel Warburton on Blaise Pascal

An excerpt from Nigel Warburton’s A Little History of Philosophy, a lively and accessible introduction to Western philosophy, bringing the ideas of the world’s greatest thinkers into focus. from Socrates’ questions about reality to Peter Singer’s thinking on the moral status of animals in our own times. Nigel Warburton— If you toss a coin it […]

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Jews and Words

On the Tradition of Jewish Humor…

Listen to the podcast interview for Jews and Words on iTunes! Below you will find an excerpt from Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s Jews and Words, an exploration of the role of the written word in Jewish culture within the topics of continuity, women, timelessness and individualism. Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger— Another closely related […]

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Jews and Words

On a Favorite Jewish Pastime…

Listen to the podcast interview for Jews and Words on iTunes! Below you will find an excerpt from Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s Jews and Words, an exploration of the role of the written word in Jewish culture within the topics of continuity, women, timelessness and individualism. Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger—   “Why is […]

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