When the Weather Outside Is Frightful, These Books Are Delightful

Zócalo’s 10 Favorite Nonfiction Reads of 2015

Even though Oxford Dictionaries crowned an emoji as its word of the year for 2015, and Instagram, that picture postcard app that requires so few words, continues to climb as other social media outlets level off, we haven’t abandoned the written word. There is still an avalanche of books being published—one writer estimated that a new book gets added to Amazon every five minutes. How to wade through them all and find the best of the best for your loved ones this holiday season? Rather than hire some anonymous person …

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Traditions Don’t Die Easily in Russia

Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

The world faces many crises, but no country can match Russia’s ability to weigh in, tip the balance of power, and seize attention. It has used its abundant supplies of …

Brilliant, Brainy Books to Take to the Beach This Summer 2015

World-Class Minds Pick Their Favorites to Pack With Your Sunscreen--From a Grisly True-Life Murder Investigation to the Life of Willie Nelson

Summer is a time of familiar comforts: the scent of sunscreen and the feeling of sand between toes, the taste of Bomb Pops and the sight of long, late, orange …

Must We Choose Between Freedom and Equality?

Our Declaration

As schoolchildren we learn that all people–and all Americans–are created equal. But sometimes it feels as if this country’s leaders have forgotten that equality is one of the tenets this …

When the American Dream Was Still in Reach

Our Kids

Is America still a meritocracy? Harvard political scientist Robert D. Putnam argues that it is not, and that children born to less educated, less wealthy, less connected parents have fewer …

What Should a 21st-Century University Be?

Designing the New American University

Contemporary American universities receive a great deal of criticism, but much of it is not particularly constructive. What should a 21st-century university look like, and whom should it serve? Arizona …