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The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

John Lewis Gaddis and "The Art of Biography"

Book TV broadcasted an interview with John Lewis Gaddis, who recently won a National Book Critics Circle Award for his biography of George F. Kennan.

John Gaddis is leading a seminar on “The Art of Biography” for New Haven teachers participating as Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, as described in a January 2012 (January 29) blog post.

8:58 am edt 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

International Summit on the Teaching Profession

This week was the second International Summit on the Teaching Profession.  Last year’s inaugural summit was mentioned in a May 2011 blog post.  Related developments appeared in a February 2012 (February 19) post below, which touched on the RESPECT Project. 

8:12 am edt 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Oscar for Best Short Documentary

Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and her co-director won the Oscar for best short documentary, for their film Saving Face, to be shown March 8 on HBO.

August 2010 blog posts discussed related matters; an August 7, 2010 post cited the work of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in particular.

6:59 am est 

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