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Pericles and Leadership

In my last post I wrote about two great leaders, ancient and modern, Socrates and Martin Luther King. Each of them was inspired by a sense of mission. Each had what President George H.W. Bush once described in frustration as “the vision thing.” The president was a man of many talents, but the ability to light the nation up with …

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Socrates

This week we celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a century after his birth in 1929. Dr. King was the most prominent leader of the civil rights movement, the force that did as much as anything in my lifetime to change America for the better. He was eloquent, far-sighted, and courageous, risking his life many times, as …

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A Reawakened West?

“The West is like an old man waking up and discovering, to his surprise, that he still has some youthful vigor left. But it’s not stirring fast enough.”

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Episode 3.11: Greece: History, Myth, and Music in the Land of the Gods

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Let’s discover Greece firsthand together this summer on an education vacation that will take us from Athens to Actium via magical Epirus.

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Episode 3.4: Battle of Salamis

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Salamis, the great clash at sea between Greece and Persia.

Episode 4: Pericles

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Would you die for democracy? That’s what Pericles of Athens asked his countrymen to do in 430 BC in the most famous Funeral Speech until Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He and Aspasia were the first power couple in the history of democracy.