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Graduation Gift Guide: 2018 Edition

Graduates across the country are heading off to new adventures and new stages of their education or careers. If you’re looking for the perfect book this season for the graduate in your life, check out

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History activism American Society Politics and Current Events Now More Than Ever Race and Ethnicity in America Biography and Memoir Science and Medicine Progressive Education Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Angela Saini Danielle Ofri Eileen Pollack Inferior Junk Raft Marcus Eriksen The Only Woman in the Room Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Christopher Emdin For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood Adam Eichen Daring Democracy Mary Frances Berry Frances Moore Lappé An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States An African American and Latinx History of the United States Paul Ortiz In Defense of Women Nancy Gertner History Teaches Us to Resist Alex Shoumatoff Barron H. Lerner Lani Guinier Robert Fried The Good Doctor The Passionate Teacher The Wasting of Borneo

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Loving Your Enemies” Sermon Was Quoted in the Royal Wedding

Millions tuned in on Saturday, May 19, to watch the royal wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry and African American actress Meghan Markle. Bishop Michael Curry of the American Episcopal Church d

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Politics and Current Events Race and Ethnicity in America A Time to Break Silence Martin Luther King, Jr. Loving Sheryll Cashin Crystal Fleming How to Be Less Stupid About Race

It’s Complicated! Our Toxic Relationship with Nuclear Technology

A Q&A with Fred Pearce: Nuclear scandals and disasters have been a recurring theme of my life as an environment journalist for several decades. But they seemed to have fallen off the radar. Old news,

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Science and Medicine Environment and Conservation Fred Pearce Fallout

Observation Post: Trump's Thoughtless Provocation in Jerusalem

A Palestinian throws a rock in response to Israel's intervention during a protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba. Photo by Jordi Bernabeu Farrus (Creative Commons License: https://creati

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Now More Than Ever Observation Post Philip C. Winslow Victory for Us Is to See You Suffer

My Closet Tried to Hold Me Hostage But We’re Cool Now: What Lauren Shields’ “The Beauty Suit” Taught Me About Different Kinds of ‘Modesty’

By Ayla Zuraw-Friendland: I didn’t mean to start my spring cleaning at 10:30pm on a Tuesday. I had just gotten home from having a drink with a friend and it was warm enough in my attic room to open a

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Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Lauren Shields The Beauty Suit