May 9, 2013 |
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea delivered its most in-depth account yet of the case against a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years' hard labor, accusing him late Thursday of smuggling in inflammatory literature and trying to establish a base for anti-Pyongyang activities at a border city hotel. Still, the long list of allegations included no statement from Kenneth Bae, other than claims that he confessed and didn't want an attorney present during his sentencing last week for what...
April 6, 2013
R ene S. Taube, 93, a retired professor of German literature at Howard University, died Feb. 19 at an Eden Homes nursing facility in Silver Spring. He had dementia, said his son Marcel Taube. Dr. Taube joined Howard's German department in 1969 and retired in 1974. Earlier in his career, he taught German literature at the University at Buffalo. Rene Simon Taube was born in Vienna to a family of partial Jewish heritage that fled to Ecuador after Hitler's rise to power. In 1948, he received a doctorate in...
January 9, 2013 |
For so long as I can remember, Washington has suffered from a bad literary rap. Its literature is assumed to consist of ephemeral books by journalists about ephemeral events, ephemeral hack novels about ephemeral melodramas on Capitol Hill and at the CIA, and ephemeral, not to mention unreadable, presidential memoirs. Well, over the years this city has managed to produce plenty of those, but as the accompanying list of suggested reading makes plain, it has also inspired work of quality, variety and, in some cases, genuine...
December 8, 2012
As a recently retired high school teacher with 43 years of experience in social studies and English, I agree with Sandra Stotsky [ "New school lit standards make teachers smolder," front page, Dec. 3] that studying literature is the best way to prepare young people for college and work and that young-adult literature is contributing to the decline in reading — as is, I would add, too much screen time. Obviously, nonfiction is important, and most nonfiction assigned to students should be part of...
December 5, 2012
The Dec. 3 front-page article " New school lit standards make teachers smolder " ignited full-blown rage among my fellow educators and me. When are the nation's youth ever going to be exposed to the finest writers if not in high school English classes? Graduates tell me they remember the discovery of Harper Lee's " To Kill a Mockingbird ," Lorraine Hansberry's " A Raisin in the Sun " and William Shakespeare's " Romeo and Juliet " as defining moments in their lifelong habits of reading and writing.
December 3, 2012 |
Ray Heffner, who was president of Brown University during the tumultuous late 1960s, died of cancer Nov. 28 at a nursing home in Coralville, Iowa. He was 87. His wife, the former Ruth Kline, confirmed the death. Dr. Heffner began his teaching career at Indiana University in 1954 and held academic and administrative positions there and at the University of Iowa before being hired at Brown in 1966 as the Ivy League university's 13th president. He served three difficult years in the job....