Law Professor Turns to Shakespeare for Insights into Justice

William Shakespeare is celebrated for his insight into human nature, but one law professor says the playwright also had great insight into questions of justice. Author Kenji Yoshino explores what lawyers and law students can learn from the bard in his recent book, “A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice.”

Palestinian-American Poet Bridges Two Cultures

Naomi Shihab Nye is an award-winning Palestinian-American poet who has written or edited nearly 30 books and published five collections of poems for both adults and young people. For Nye, poetry is at once deeply spiritual and fully of this world.  Today she wears a handmade bracelet sent by an admirer. It’s inscribed with a

Obama’s Mother Inspires Magical Journey

During his run for the presidency, Barack Obama often talked about his mother, Ann Dunham, and the lessons she taught him through her work with poor rural communities around the world. Dunham died of cancer in 1995, before any of her grandchildren were born. Now the president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has written “Ladder to the

2011 Pulitzer Prizes Awarded, Online Only Story Wins for First Time

A prestigious Pulitzer Prize was awarded for the first time Monday to a story that never was published in print. Two reporters from the non-profit online media outlet, ProPublica, won in the national reporting category for their coverage of questionable Wall Street practices that contributed to the U.S. economic crisis. Pulitzer Prizes are awarded each

Desperation, Hope Mix in Zimbabwe Fight for Democracy

Though he has covered wars and conflicts, journalist Peter Godwin wasn’t prepared for the surreal mix of desperation and hope he encountered when he returned to Zimbabwe, his broken homeland, in 2008. After ruling for nearly 30 years, President Robert Mugabe finally lost an election. However, instead of conceding power, he launched a brutal campaign

Biblical Bad Girls Get a Makeover

Men in the Bible – such as Abraham, Moses, King David – are often well-developed characters playing a central role in complex stories. But, more and more authors are focusing on the women of the Bible – developing their characters and giving them a stronger voice. The Bible, says historian Alice Bellis, is a product

Author Investigates Real-Life Inspiration for Fictional Charlie Chan

The fictional Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan was the subject of popular books and movies for many decades. In recent years, however, the character has been criticized as a stereotyped caricature of Asian-Americans. Author Yunte Huang says that’s not the case. He has explored the character and real-life policeman who inspired him in the book “Charlie

Sri Lankan Poet and Irish Violinist Marry Music, Lives

Colm O’Riain is an Irish violinist. Pireeni Sundaralingam is a Sri Lankan Tamil poet. They’re married and have created a unique music that sounds out their common experience of exile and immigration. Perhaps the best way to introduce the marital and musical pairing of Colm O’Riain and Pireeni Sundaralingam is from the first time his

Frilly, Pink Culture Could Have Negative Impact on US Girls

Even though women continue to advance in American society, many little girls still get stuck in a world of fairytale princesses and frilly pink dresses. That does not sit well with journalist Peggy Orenstein, who mused about her young daughter’s obsession with Disney princesses and predilection for the color pink in a New York Times

Former UN Official Says Mideast Uprisings Long Overdue

Mark Malloch-Brown has been involved in international affairs for more than three decades. The former journalist-turned-economist served as vice president of the World Bank before being named Deputy Secretary General and U.N. Chief of Staff under Kofi Annan. In that position, he drew controversy for his outspoken criticism of the Bush Administration’s Iraq policy and