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October 5, 2021 by Neely Tucker Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran, one of the treasures of the Library, is making its first-ever appearance in the Middle East this month, debuting at the glittering World Expo in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Jefferson’s English translation of the Islamic holy book is one of the stars of…

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In light of recent revelations about various public figures regarding their personal shortcomings, how do we handle those shortcomings when balanced against whatever good they contributed to society? I’m looking at what we say about Thomas Jefferson and other possible sexual predators (slaveholders) who served in the upper levels of government when compared with unelected,…

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones is in the running for best American opera of the 21st century. By James Jorden • 09/28/21 12:13pm After over a year and a half of silence, the Metropolitan Opera came roaring back last night with a captivating new opera to open its 2021-2022 season. Terence Blanchard’s tuneful Fire Shut Up in My…

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Yara Shahidi Jessica Szohr Mariah Carey Dwayne Johnson  Keegan-Michael Key Tracee Ellis Ross Gabrielle Reece Val Kilmer Jason Momoa Naomi Campbell Christina Aguilera Norah Jones Wentworth MIller Derek Jeter Shay Miller Keanu Reeves Olivia Munn Vanessa Hudgens Halsey Adriana Lima How many of these celebrities could “pass?” Is “passing” even a thing these days? How…

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Cutting-edge biomedical research brought the world a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in record time. But as any public health official will remind you, it’s not vaccines that work, but vaccinations—meaning that the scientific achievement of the vaccine is only the first step in slowing the spread of disease. Vaccinations, by contrast, involve appreciating and…

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