Tag Archives: Zilian

The Humanities Keep Us Human

(Note: This essay was originally published in Education Week on January 6, 2015.) President Obama’s announcement in the fall 2014 of an additional $28 million to bolster STEM teachers was great news and reminded me of my passion for science … Continue reading

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What the Robins Tell Me: Climate Change Is Our Problem

(This essay was published originally by the Newport Daily News on February 12, 2014.)   Even before Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962, I was environment-curious. Sixty years ago in northeast New Jersey, I watched the trash men haul away … Continue reading

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Did American Education Forget Gettysburg?

 (This essay was originally published in The Lincoln Forum Bulletin, Fall 2013. On the 150th anniversary of the greatest, most significant battle since the Revolutionary War, America—but for historical circles and the celebrations in Gettysburg itself—appears disinterested. Abe Lincoln, our … Continue reading

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The Decline of Thanksgiving

(The essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on November 27, 2013.) An important threshold was crossed two years ago when Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved their opening or early bird specials from very early Black Friday … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Address

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News, November 19, 2013, as “Gettysburg Address Defined Our Purpose as a Free People.”)  One-hundred fifty years ago, on November 19, 1863, at a ceremony to honor the fallen in the Battle of … Continue reading

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The Monotonous Diet of Billy Yank

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News as, “War Meals Were for Survival, not Great Taste,” September 6, 2013.) The Union soldier’s diet during the Civil War was sufficient to keep him alive and fighting, and distinctly … Continue reading

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The Battle of Gettysburg: the Turning Point

 (This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on July 1, 2013)         In probably the greatest land battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, Union and Confederate forces clashed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863. During these … Continue reading

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