Actor and advocate Kal Penn had starred in Hollywood films and popular television shows, but he was nervous when he began his job in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
“Selma,” the first major feature film to depict Martin Luther King Jr., was thought to be impossible to make. The script drifted through Hollywood for five years, went through seven male directors and six different versions.
Classical music might have been relegated to the labs of evil geniuses in popular culture, but Bard College’s James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music Christopher Gibbs thinks there’s more to the realm of Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms than stiff upper lips.
Wrapping up a week on the irrational side of human nature, behavioral economist Leslie K. John gave Chautauqua some proven methods to make everyone’s irrational natures a positive rather than a negative.
Chautauqua can’t get enough of behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Ariely returned to the Amphitheater stage Thursday for his second morning…
The phrase “Money can’t buy happiness” needs to be retired, according to marketing expert Michael Norton. In its place, he suggested, “If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right.”
Psychologist David Pizarro has spent 10 years studying disgust. But that doesn’t mean he’s acclimated to it.
The history of the United States — and of all places — is a history of migration.
The Friday delivery of The Economist usually elicits excitement from Ray Suarez. But the March 14 edition’s cover story made him cringe. The story, titled “Firing Up, America,” discussed the rise of America’s Latino population. The cover was an American flag — with the red stripes represented by chili peppers.
He’s living with a relative. There’s barely enough money for food and a deep-seated fear of what’s outside his home. Growing up, three of his friends were brutally murdered. His school is run by gangsters. He never knew his father. When he was 5, his mother, desperate to ensure his future, left because her only option was to find work in the U.S. Her last words to him were a promise: “I’ll be back soon.”