August192014

Meet the author of Paul Robeson For Beginners!

Author Paul von Blum will be in the Spartacus Books in Vancouver August 20th from 4pm to 6pm for a meet up!

August172014
"We must act out passion before we can feel it."-Jean-Paul Sartre
Sienna Arpi, Intern

"We must act out passion before we can feel it."-Jean-Paul Sartre

Sienna Arpi, Intern

August162014
"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."-Soren Kierkegaard
Sienna Arpi, Intern

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."-Soren Kierkegaard

Sienna Arpi, Intern

11AM
August142014

First woman in history wins the Fields Medal

In a triumphant moment in modern women’s history, mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani recently was awarded the Fields Medal (often referred to as the Nobel Prize of mathematics). Mirzakhani is the first woman in history to win the prize, and a hugely important addition to the recent chain of women and groups challenging male dominance in math and sciences.

Given the progress of the STEM initiative­—which works to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, particularly for girls—the gender gap in the fields of math and science may be starting to decrease. Here’s to a future of equality in these fields, led by skillful innovators like Mirzakhani.

–Lily Trotta, Intern

August122014
2PM
12PM

Relating to Shakespeare in Different Stages of Life

Many of us have returned to our old childhood favorite movies and realized the deeper meanings to some plots or jokes that we did not quite understand when we were younger. Well, the same thing applies to rereading Shakespeare’s works and how they apply differently to each of life’s stages. Perri Klass recently wrote a piece on revisiting some of Shakespeare’s plays and reminiscing about his late mother. He realized that while watching “King Lear,” he can see symmetries of how his mother felt during the late stages of her life. He also found himself relating to the parents of Romeo and Juliet rather than simply watching a play about two teenagers willing to do anything for true love. How Shakespeare’s plays can be relatable in different ways to people at different stages of their lives is one of the reasons why his works remain timeless.

-Hoi Chau, Intern. 

11AM

Rare Sighting Increases the Searches for Astronomy

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As astronomy enthusiasts get ready for the annual meteor shower this week, many are worry that the “Supermoon” will affect the viewing since the moon is at its closet point of its orbit to the Earth. For the past week, Google searches for Astronomy increased by 59% worldwide because of this rare sighting. No need to worry though, because the searches show that we will still be able to see the meteor shower due to the chance of it happening before the moon becomes full. 

-Hoi Chau, Intern.

10AM

Meet the author of Paul Robeson For Beginners!

Author Paul von Blum will be in the Spartacus Books in Vancouver August 20th from 4pm to 6pm for a meet up!

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