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History

Modern Scholar rocks

 

Cover image of Modern Scholar Word CD set for Philosophy of Thoman Aquinas
Last week, I took in a world-class lecture while doing the laundry. In Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, Peter Kreeft (Boston College) showed me why  Aquinas was the foremost thinker of his time and, perhaps, all time, as I fluffed and folded my socks.

Lincoln lives here

team of rivals book cover image

Lincoln, on release November 16, is a biographical war drama directed by Steven Spielberg.

Worth the trek

book cover image of The Last Viking a book about Roald AmunsenA stunning collection of lantern slides taken by Roald Amundsen and his crew during their successful 1906 voyage through the Northwest Passage can be seen on the third floor walkway of Citi Plaza, near the Central Library.

The Canadian Caper ?

Sometimes, the truth is more Canadian than fiction. For many of us, the rescue of six U.S. citizens caught in the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 was the "Canadian Caper."

Leading from behind

Does he really want the job? Some people are beginning to wonder.

Where were you in '72?

Not all of us were glued to the TV. I was a forlorn, ex-pat Canuck teen living in Epsom, Surrey, where "hockey" was a game for English schoolgirls.

Put it on your Becket list

"Will no-one rid me of this meddlesome priest ?!" muttered Henry II. He was talking about his one-time friend and Chancellor, Thomas Becket.

Myth of the Muslim Tide

In The Myth of the Muslim Tide, author Doug Saunders says "the idea of a stealth takeover by Islamic believers is a delusion."

Too much modernity?

Try a dose of Lark Rise to Candleford (PBS 2009). Flora Thompson's trilogy Lark Rise, Over to Candleford, and Candleford Green, published in 1939, looks at life in rural England long before iPads, telemarketing and Lady Gaga.

Beware of Greeks ...

The Trojan War is the one of the most famous conflicts in history. We know Homer's Iliad is based on its actual events. But how much of Homer's tale is true?