This article remembers the life and literary accomplishments of science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, author of “The Wife’s Story,” who learned from her father the importance of being curious about others who are different from ourselves.
Source: Business Insider
One negative effect of social media, at least for many people, is having the feeling that others are living better lives than they are. This article takes a deeper look at this phenomenon, known as the fear of missing out.
Source: The Guardian
The author of this article describes his personal experience with racism and explains what he has learned from it.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations
The longstanding conflict between Palestinians and Jews in Israel is deep-seated and complex, with each side characterizing the same events in vastly different ways. This video series from the Council on Foreign Relations provides a neutral, even-handed view of the history of the conflict.
You may have heard the phrase “representation matters.” So why is it important to include culturally diverse perspectives when studying history? This article addresses that question and suggests ways to make history curriculum more inclusive.
How important to our well-being are our relationships with others? Read to learn about a 2017 study that suggests there are benefits to having close friendships as a teenager.
Source: National Geographic
Is the concept of race really nothing more than an invention of the human mind? This article about twins with different skin colors suggests that it is.
Source: Greater Good Magazine
Click this link to learn about a recent study that suggests connecting with others can make people happier.
In this interview, author Etgar Keret explains how giving ice cream to a crying child showed him the value of living in the moment.
Source: The New Yorker
The 1948 publication of Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” in The New Yorker magazine inspired subscribers to send a record number of letters, nearly all of them negative. Why all the fuss? Book critic and author Ruth Franklin considers these responses and Jackson’s own reaction to them.
Source: The New York Times
It might be more comfortable to only hear opinions that we already agree with, but by failing to listen to each other, we’re not only increasing the political divide in America; we’re making ourselves less smart.
Source: Big Think
In this video, author Melissa Dahl (Cringeworthy) discusses why our perception of ourselves doesn’t match the way others see us—and how we can get more comfortable with that awkwardness.
Source: Amazon Studios
All over the world, people displaced by war, famine, and other hardships must travel to unknown places to start new lives. This trailer for a documentary film by artist Ai Weiwei touches on the challenges they face along the journey.
According to one experiment, some people are genetically more caring than others. Even more surprising, just a brief look at their behavior can tell us who these people are.
Conflict has long been part of life in Israel. Explore this card stack to find out why it’s so difficult to resolve.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The First Amendment protects, among other rights, the freedom of speech. In this opinion piece, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh delves into what the Founders meant by the term “speech.”
Source: Psychology Today
A psychology professor tries to get to the bottom of why we do good things for others, even when these acts don’t seem to benefit us directly.
Remember the children’s song about the people in your neighborhood? Try these tips to make connections with the real-life people in your neighborhood and have fun in the process.
Source: The Conversation
Researchers have figured out how to predict when people who live near each other will develop their own distinct language.
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Watch this video to learn how some families are working to preserve their Cherokee heritage.