William Cope’s Updates

  • The Walled Off Hotel

    The artist known as Banksy has just opened a hotel in Bethlehem with "the worst view in the world," overlooking the Isreali separation wall. Humor as dark as the times ...

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  • "Repeat 840 Times"

    ... is what Eric Sartie wrote at the foot of a page of his typically rambling, wistful music.

    John Cale shows the page of manuscript to a silly quiz show host. Then he played 1/840th of the composition.

    Media embedded February 17, 2017

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  • World History Shows ...

    In a store, near Tienanmen, Dec '16

    Some blame economic globalization for the chaos in the world. Economic globalization was once viewed as the treasure cave found by Ali Baba in The Arabian Nights, but it has now become the Pandora’s box in th..

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  • If Apple Made Mosques?

    ... says a smart commenter on this Dezeen article, about the Muslim Cultural Center in Dachang, Hebei Province, designed by Chinese architect He Jingtang.

     

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  • Join our Literacy MOOC!

    Join Mary and me in our new Coursera course, "Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies". This course is mirrored in Scholar in the community, "Literacy Teaching and Learning MOOC". The course covers the first half of the l..

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  • Working with Njala University, Sierra Leone

    Mary and I are just back from Sierra Leone, working with Njala University. Established by the University of Illionis with a US Aid grant in 1964, Njala was closed during the Civil War and Ebola Crisis. Illinois faculty are back again, renewing t..

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  • Important Greek, Not Seated

    Last week, Mary and I did presentations in Athens for the National Dialogue on Education. To do education according the protocols established by the EU and OECD, or to resist them? That's the irreconcilable tension, a minor version of more widel..

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  • "There is a trope in popular culture of the “crazy genius,” a mind split between madness and brilliance ... "

    Coming from a family with a history of mental illness, this is a such a beautifully poignant piece of writing.

    Sidderhartha Mukherjee:

    "The most memorable feature of his illness, though, was not the storm within his mind but the lull in his ey..

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  • Germany, Turkey, EU ... What a Mess.

    Media embedded March 29, 2016

     

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  • New York from Ellis Island