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Nobel Prize: Announcement | Literature 2016

The Swedish Academy will announce this year’s Nobel Laureate in literature at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 in the Grand Hall in the Exchange. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.  

Harvard University: Conan O’Brien in conversation with Harvard University President Drew Faust

Comedian and television host Conan O’Brien joined Harvard President Drew Faust at Memorial Hall for an entertaining chat about the importance and lasting value of an arts-and-humanities-based college education.  

Harvard Institute of Politics: Robert McNamara Lecture: Science and Diplomacy for Solving Humanity’s Big Issues

United States Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, presented the Robert McNamara Lecture on War and Peace, and spoke regarding “Science and Diplomacy for Solving Humanity’s Big Issues: Iran, HEU, and Climate Change.” He emphasized the strengths of the US-Iran nuclear agreement, including that America maintains extensive surveillance in the area moving forward. Secretary Moniz also …

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TED-Ed: Does grammar matter? – Andreea S. Calude

It can be hard sometimes, when speaking, to remember all of the grammatical rules that guide us when we’re writing. When is it right to say “the dog and me” and when should it be “the dog and I”? Does it even matter? Andreea S. Calude dives into the age-old argument between linguistic prescriptivists and …

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Yestervid: How far back in time could you go and still understand English?

If you had a time machine, how far back could you go and still understand English? AT what point in history would you not be able to understand the English language? If you went back in time to the 1800’s and 1700’s, you’d probably still be okay. This except is from the book ‘Robinson Crusoe’, …

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Big Think: Hey Bill Nye, ‘Does Science Have All the Answers or Should We Do Philosophy Too?’

Philosophy is a worthwhile endeavor, says Bill Nye the Science Guy, though the answers it offers are frequently limited by human rationality. Science, on the other hand, surprises us!  

Nobel Prize: Lectures | 2015 Nobel Lecture in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. Transcripts of Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel lecture “On the Battle Lost” is available in English, Swedish; French, German and Russian.  

TED: How I Stopped the Taliban from Shutting Down My School | Sakena Yacoobi

When the Taliban closed all the girls’ schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.  

Nobel Prize Announcement: Literature 2015

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 is awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”. The Prize was announced by Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy.  

Brown University: An Evening with George R. R. Martin and Publisher Tom Doherty at the Brown University Library

The Brown University Library and Friends of the Library hosted An Evening with George R. R. Martin and Publisher Tom Doherty, including inaugural presentation of the Harris Collection Literary Award on October 23, 2014. Interview led by Professor Lynne Joyrich and author Jon Land. Moderated by University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi.  

Commonwealth Club: An Evening with Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond, Professor, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs …

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Origins Project: Chomsky & Krauss | An Origins Project Dialogue (Part 2/2)

Join intellectual giant Noam Chomsky and noted physicist and public intellectual Lawrence Krauss for an intimate evening of conversation at the Origins Project Dialogue. Science, Mind, and Politics is a candid and unscripted conversation on contemporary issues on the nature of humanity, the power of science and the mind, and global social justice.  

Origins Project: Chomsky & Krauss | An Origins Project Dialogue (Part 1/2)

Join intellectual giant Noam Chomsky and noted physicist and public intellectual Lawrence Krauss for an intimate evening of conversation at the Origins Project Dialogue. Science, Mind, and Politics is a candid and unscripted conversation on contemporary issues on the nature of humanity, the power of science and the mind, and global social justice.  

PBS It’s Okay To Be Smart: Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

Why does February only get 28 days when all the other months get 30 or 31? The answer is part superstition, part politics, and parts astronomy. (Basically, it’s the Romans’ fault) Special thanks to Dr. Jen Ebbeler from the University of Texas Classics department for walking me through the history of the Roman calendar.  

TED: Laura Boushnak | For these women, reading is a daring act

In some parts of the world, half of the women lack basic reading and writing skills. The reasons vary, but in many cases, literacy isn’t valued by fathers, husbands, even mothers. Photographer and TED Fellow Laura Boushnak traveled to countries including Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia to highlight brave women — schoolgirls, political activists, 60-year-old moms …

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Intelligence^2: Debate | “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion”

The topic of this Intelligence Squared debate is “The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion”. In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should …

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Nobel Prize: Lectures | 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature lecture will take place at Svenska Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden at 17:30, Sunday 7 December. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.  

The Royal Institution: Why science is NOT ‘Just a Theory’

Have you ever heard ‘evolution’ dismissed as ‘just a theory’? Is a scientific theory no different to the theory that Elvis is still alive? Jim Al-Khalili puts the record straight. There’s an important difference between a scientific theory and the fanciful theories of an imaginative raconteur, and this quirk of semantics can lead to an …

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Harvard University: Science, Humanities, and the Human Mind With Steven Pinker and Susanna Siegel

Steven Pinker (FAS/Psychology) and Susanna Siegel (FAS/Philosophy) discuss the relationship between science and the humanities. Moderated by Anne Harrington (FAS/History of Science) and organized by the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Graduate Student Committee (Enoch Lambert & Samuel Mehr, co-chairs).  

Intelligence^2: Debate | “Europe should shut the door on immigration”

The Intelligence Squared Greece, BBC World News and Onassis Cultural Centre debate on the motion: “Europe should shut the door on immigration” For the motion: Douglas Murray Makis Voridis Against the motion: Bernard Kouchner Antigone Lyberaki Moderator: Nik Gowing  

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