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Stratford Festival 'devastated' by the loss of Brent Carver
Carver spent nine seasons with the Stratford Festival, inspiring audiences with his dramatic, comedic and musical roles. His Stratford debut came in 1980, when he played Edmund Tyrone in Robin Phillip's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night, co-starring with William Hutt and Jessica Tandy. In that same season, Carver performed in The Beggar's Opera, Foxfire and The Servant of Two Masters.

His other Stratford roles include Hamlet in both Hamlet and Rozencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Don John in 1987's Much Ado About Nothing; Ned and Beatrice in the 2000 world premiere of Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex; and Jacques in 2010's As You Like It.
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IRSHAD MANJI AT SECOND CITY
"This is in fact enlightened self-interest that is served when we slow down and open up our minds enough to listen to people with whom we disagree - only then do we have the wherewithal to potentially bring them on our side, down the road."
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What We're Learning About Online Learning
After this spring's on-the-fly experiment in online classes, teachers and school districts across the country are preparing for what will be anything but a normal fall semester. Some districts stumbled in the transition, with classes zoom-bombed and interrupted; many strained to address serious inequities in access to computers. Recent research finds that most students fell months behind during the last term of the year, with the heaviest impact on low-income students.
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Twin Cities Pride
I admit I have become somewhat of a grouchy old bird when it comes to the official TC Pride celebration. Mind, I have genuinely tried to see the glass as being half-full. I've reminded myself that, because of the efforts of the brave and the dedicated, we could afford to morph the political rally into an infinitely more colorful version of the state fair. I took it with stoic resignation that younger gays and lesbians had little to no knowledge of the lives that were lost and the blood that was spilled to give them their sense of entitlement to self-worth. That's the way history works, I reminded myself. Do you really have a clue about what your ancestors fought for that you now take for granted?...
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Table of Moral Stages
Stage Zero Before a child understands the idea of rules and the power of authority, he judges what is good by what is pleasant or exciting and what is bad by what is painful or fearful. The child has no idea of obligation, should, or have to, even in terms of external authority. he is guided only by what he can do and wants to do...

For a person at stage six, right is defined by a decision of conscience in accord with self-chosen ethical principles. These are universal principles-- justice, reciprocity and equality of human rights, respect for the dignity of each human being.

* Excerpts from A Strategy For Teaching Values, Guidance Associates Discussion Guide [1972]
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Chris Farrell interviews Robin Johnson nice!
The rise of the long-term unemployed doesn't reflect individual failings. Losing a job could happen to any of us. And the evidence is overwhelming that individuals are willing to do their part to get work. Society, however, needs to devote more resources keeping people attached to the job market and knocking down barriers of age discrimination.
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