The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Oz And Effect

Baum created what was essentially the first American fairytale, not just written by an American author, but firmly rooted on U.S. soil. Although there had been a few fantasy stories published in this country, none were so defiantly American.


The Rare Hand

Children who compose text by hand produce more words more quickly than doing so by keyboard, and expressed more ideas.

Students protest Washington University's associations with Peabody Energy outside the Brookings Quadrangle, May 2014. (Credit: Stephen Huber)

Anatomy Of A Protest

Last year’s Peabody Energy protest showed that the legacy of student activism is not necessarily its ability to negotiate solutions, but the ways it tests free speech. Students, in particular, enjoy a remarkable abundance of media attention that remains elusive for members of many other demographics.


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