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J is for J Edgar Prufrock 

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock TS Eliot S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma percioche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero, Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo. Let us go then, you and I, When the …

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J is for the Joy of Purple 

I <3 Purple Pen This love story begins with my dad taking a trip to Planet Fitness. It costs like $10 a month, which is way cheaper than the New York Sports Club, where we go, and he wanted to see if the cheaper cost of membership was worth a longer drive, public parking, and …

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J is for Jacobin Club 

J is for Jacobin (pronounced Jack-uh-Bin) Club The Jacobin Club (full name: "Society of the Friends of the Constitution") was the largest political club during the French Revolution. The club was estimated to have around half a million members (about the number of people who finished the new season of "House of Cards" in one …

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J is for Justice 

Here at TC, it’s certainly not uncommon to hear the term “social justice.” In my courses so far, I’ve been introduced to the work of Paolo Freire, bell hooks, and countless other philosophers and educators who articulate the importance of this method of teaching. As educators, we are encouraged to enact social justice pedagogies simply …

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J is for Joan of Arc 

Growing up on the Upper East Side I would visit the Met often. I still can’t figure out exactly why but around when I was in elementary school I became obsessed with Jules Bastien-Lepage’s painting of Joan of Arc. Perhaps it was the mystical element of the saints floating in the air or the unseen …

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J is for Joking 

I'm a Simpsons fan from way back, and I've always loved how the show offers some humorous but keen insights on our society's attitudes toward learning, from satirizing teachers and the American educational system to mocking intellectuals and ignorami alike. Given the inherent ridiculousness of some of the views and systems surrounding education, I feel it's healthy to step back and …

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J is for Jokes 

Joke 1: Tom's excuse Teacher: Tom, why are you late for school every day? Tom: Every time I come to the corner, a sign says, School-Go Slow. Joke 2: Big hands Teacher: If I had seven oranges in one hand and eight oranges in the other, what would I have? Student: Big hands.

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J is for Jenny’s inner critic, who is having a field day right now 

The end of the semester is looming and the stress and recriminations are swirling in my brain. As my mother used to say, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Well, I am on my way! I had intended to stay on top of these posts... keep a disciplined schedule... get all those …

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J is for Journal 

I have never kept an ongoing written journal, despite how I think it would benefit me. ___________________________________________________________________ Journal Students will keep a private journal for the entirety of the school year, but will be frequently posting throughout this 14-week unit in order to establish a deeper understanding of themselves. Having students intimately engaged with themselves …

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J is for Jogging 

The etymology of the word jog is unknown, but it may be related to shog or be a new invention in the 16th century. In 1593 William Shakespeare wrote in Taming of the Shrew, "you may be jogging whiles your boots are green". At that point, it usually meant to leave. The term jog

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J is for Nostalgia 

What is it about 'retro' fetishization? So much of my favorite art is drenched with affected, self-aware, anachronistic retroreferentialism. Particularly, art (music) that references the 60s. The band Broadcast provides an excellent example of this synthesis of old and new, a blurred line between past and present. In what space does this situate the listener? …

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J is for Jasper 

1. Jasper is a form of silica. A quartz gemstone that has a history going back as far mankind's first use of tools. Jasper is crystalline in structure and breaks clean, which makes it perfect for creating sharp objects such as arrowheads or knives. The stone also was used for religious objects and ceremonial purposes. …

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J is for Jitterbug 

In a captivating video called “The inner life of a cell”, molecular biologists from Harvard in collaboration with the animation company XVIVO show just how powerful combining scientific content with aesthetic presentation can be. In this fascinating three-minute video, the spectator is taken on a visual journey depicting the intricate inner workings of an immune …

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J is for Johns Hopkins University. 

J is for Johns Hopkins University. I completed my undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins.  Lately, I have been thinking about the ways that my educational history resembles a work of art.  While my day to day existence during my undergraduate studies was often stressful and arduous, looking back at my career--it is beautiful.  I especially …

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J is for Judge’s Ruling 

Headlines today read "Renoir's On the Shore of the Seine returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art more than 60 years after its theft".  A judge ruled that it be returned to the Baltimore museum instead of sold at auction, where it was estimated to sell for about $100,000. This painting is unusual, rumored to have …

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J is for Judgment 

Kant articulated a theory of aesthetics in Critique of Judgment that founded modern aesthetics. In it he makes the claim that beauty is a symbol of the morally good. Beauty serves as the “symbol” of morality, in that a judgment of beauty “legislates for itself” rather than being “subjected to a heteronomy of laws of experience” and …

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J is for Jane Addams 

In the essay, “The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements,” Jane Addams describes the purpose of Hull House and other Settlements in producing social change. Hull House was Chicago’s first Settlement, and it was opened by two women who believed that “the mere foothold of a house... would be in itself a serviceable thing for Chicago” …

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