May 19, 2013 |
We have once again entered the college commencement season, which means we'll soon be reading about uplifting graduation speeches delivered by prominent Americans. Or at least by prominent liberal Americans. It's becoming increasingly apparent that conservative speakers aren't welcome on college and university campuses. Last month, in the span of a few days, student protests disrupted a presentation by Karl Rove at the University of Massachusetts and one by Rand Paul at Howard University.
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July 27, 2010
David Blackwell, a preeminent mathematician and the first black scholar in the National Academy of Sciences, died July 8 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. He was 91 and had had a series of strokes. Blackwell was known as a problem-solver who contributed to many areas, including probability and game theory. "He liked elegance and simplicity," UC Berkeley statistics professor Peter Bickel said. "That is the ultimate best thing in mathematics — if you have an insight that something seemingly complicated is really simple.
February 5, 2007 |
If you've ever taken birth control pills or used cortisone to alleviate arthritis pains, you're already familiar with his achievements. But the solutions Percy Julian discovered in the chemistry lab pale in comparison with those he had to devise for survival as a black man living in a segregated society. In a two-hour biography airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, PBS' "Nova" explores the life of a "Forgotten Genius" who became a renowned research chemist and a lesser-known civil rights pioneer.
December 24, 2006 |
INVITATIONS rained down on George Gershwin (1898-1937) throughout his short, extraordinary life. The festivities, taking off in the roaring '20s, didn't slow down after the Depression pulled the plug on the Jazz Age. The entertainment industry trundled on, and there were always parties in New York and L.A. for people like him.
June 3, 2001 |
Every generation is vulnerable to imagining itself either uniquely blessed or uniquely cursed. And for an understandable reason. After all, it is simply human nature to attach more importance to the time in which one has been fated to live and die than to either the past or the remoter reaches of the future.
September 16, 2000 |
Vice President Al Gore capped a weeklong focus on his education agenda Friday as he explained why he thinks the federal government should spend more for public education. Addressing more than 1,500 boisterous college Democrats at the predominantly black Howard University, Gore renewed his pledge to make education his "No. 1 priority" as president if elected Nov. 7.