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Sisters of Mercy

The contributions that Irish nuns made to help destitute immigrant Catholic children in New York City were instrumental in developing modern American social institutions like foster care and welfare. Before …

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Replay: Retreat from the Rankings Race

Twenty-four years after U.S. News and World Report first asked college presidents to rank their rival institutions, top spots in the magazine’s annual college survey have become so coveted that …

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Retreat from the Rankings Race

Twenty-four years after U.S. News and World Report first asked college presidents to rank their rival institutions, top spots in the magazine’s annual college survey have become so coveted that some schools …

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Harry Potter and the Final Best Seller

“What you read as a child is really a part of who you are when you grow up,” says reading expert Joan Kindig (JMU). She offers some cool summer reading suggestions …

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Replay: Little Big Minds

Marietta McCarty (Piedmont Virginia Community College) has written a new guide book for parents and educators who want to share the enduring ideas of the “biggest minds”–thinkers like Plato, the Dalai Lama, …

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Replay: Waking up Together on Valentine’s Day

In their book, Waking up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path, Ellen and Charles Birx (Radford University) explores how a spiritual practice can enhance intimacy and partnership. As they …

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Little Big Minds

Marietta McCarty (Piedmont Virginia Community College) has written a new guide book for parents and educators who want to share the enduring ideas of the “biggest minds”—thinkers like Plato, the Dalai Lama, …

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The Millenials

Many parents of today’s college students have earned the nickname “helicopter parents,” because they “hover” over their children, calling every day, phoning a professor when Johnny doesn’t get his “A,” …

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Crude Awakenings

This summer, oil prices reached record high levels and many wondered whether we were headed towards another 1973-style oil shock. Steve Yetiv (Old Dominion University) believes that the world market in petroleum …

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90210 and Other Teen Soap Operas

Don’t underestimate the impact of the popular teen soap operas. Communications professor Michaela Meyer (Christopher Newport University) says The O.C., One Tree Hill, and Beverly Hills 90210 address very real contemporary teen issues…and teens are listening. …

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The ABCs of Adoption

Adoption is no longer hush-hush. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and politicians like German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder have helped make inter-country adoption just another way to build a family. But what …

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Do You Believe in Science?

It is now possible for parents to select many of the genetic traits of their children, in effect to design their own babies. As a state legislator you must decide …