Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rapping Educators: Learning Has Never Been This Fun!

Educators will do just about anything to help their students learn. For example, these dedicated teachers "bust a rhyme," making rap videos to help their students grasp everything from the Declaration of Independence to Hydrofracking! Check out the 25 funniest Academic Raps, then go cut loose and make your own! Be sure to send it to us if you do!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Interview With Kenneth C. Davis On Learning First Alliance Blog

DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY ANNIVERSARY EDITION BY KENNETH C. DAVISKenneth C. Davis is featured in a new online interview at the Learning First Alliance blog. In the interview Ken discusses the recently published 20th-anniversary edition of his classic work, Don't Know Much About History, and how he updated the content of the book to reflect the turbulent historical times:  "The new 'Anniversary' edition of the book includes material that was added to cover the extraordinary events of the past decade or so in American History, a period I call an 'Era of Broken Trust.' These extraordinary events, beginning in the late 1990s, include corporate scandals; the dot-com bust; the deciding of a Presidential election by the Supreme Court; the scandals afflicting churches, particularly the Catholic Church; the terror strikes on 9/11; the two wars begun in the aftermath of the 'War on Terror'; Hurricane Katrina; and the "Great Recession.'"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Think You Know Everything About Gregory Maguire's WICKED YEARS? Take The Quiz And Find Out Now!

Out Of Oz by Gregory Maguire
In anticipation of Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years, we’ve put together a fun Wicked Years trivia quiz on Gregory Maguire’s Facebook page. Think you know all about Maguire’s world of Oz? Take the quiz and find out! Then, after answering all of the questions, you’ll be told which family of Oz you belong in!

READ Neal Stephenson's REAMDE Now

REAMDE by Neal StephensonStart reading Neal Stephenson's new book, Reamde, now! It’s not on sale until September 20, but we’re posting excerpts on Facebook; the more fans who LIKE the page, the more excerpts we post, up to the complete first 2 chapters! Start spreading the word!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bestsellers: History of Science

Edward Dolnick’s The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World lands on Library Journal's Bestsellers to College Libraries List: History of Science at number 14.

I agree with the New York Times review—which said, “Dolnick’s book is lively and the characters are vivid.” It’s a fun and heady read—and I was amazed at cast of characters: Newton and his obsession with alchemy, and, of course, the brilliant but strange Robert Hooke.

UK Riots: Can It Happen Here?

It already has! Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much about History, remembers the urban riots that have happened in America.

Ken talks about how history repeats itself with Katie Britton of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Core Course Adoption for SIMPLY CHRISTIAN

SIMPLY CHRISTIAN by N.T. WrightN.T. Wright's Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense has been adopted for a course entitled "The Making of a Christian Mind" at Regent University. Wright, a renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop, makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that students have no predisposition to and perhaps even some negativity toward religion in general and Christianity in particular. Simply Christian serves as a straightforward introduction for those unfamiliar with the faith, and a source of thoughtful, accessible scholarship for those who are.

This course (
GENE 100) is the cornerstone of Regent's general education core curriculum. In "The Making of a Christian Mind," students:
  • Explore the development of a Christian worldview and philosophy of life
  • Study alternative worldviews from a Christian worldview perspective
  • Investigate the sacredness of all spheres of human life
  • Investigate the relevance of a Christian worldview to all spheres of human life and action
  • Study the works of some of Christianity's leading thinkers and writers

To learn about books similar to Simply Christian, please visit our Religion catalog.

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Question of Trust: Kenneth C. Davis Editorial on Trust on

DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY:  TWENTIETH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION BY KENNETH C. DAVISKenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About History: Twentieth-Anniversary Edition has an insightful editorial piece today on entitled "Is there hope for America in an era of broken trust?" As always, the answer can be found in history.