“E Pluribus Unum” – Out of Many, One

The Latin phrase E pluribus Unum, literally translated as “Out of many, one,” was the original motto of the United States, adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. The motto refers to the emergence of a single nation out of the union of the 13 original colonies, and is emblazoned across the Great Seal…

Open Conversations About Hard Topics

Zachary R. Wood is on a mission to encourage open conversations about hard topics. Currently a political science and philosophy major at Williams College, he has served as co-president of Uncomfortable Learning – a student group that has sparked national controversy for inviting provocative speakers to the campus. Though not yet out of college, his…

Seeking Solid Ground Amidst Disruption

On clear, crisp autumn nights, I love gazing at the stars when I walk my dogs before bed. I find comfort in identifying particular constellations that I’ve recognized since childhood and knowing that they are always there. With all that is shifting and changing in the world, I’ve begun to notice that some part of…

Jonathan Sacks on Facing the Future Without Fear

It’s great to be back after a month off to write and create for the new teaching and speaking season ahead. This week, I am at my beloved Chautauqua Institution, my spiritual home, for my annual summer retreat. I’ve been visiting Chautauqua since I was 15 years old, so this summer makes 47 years. It’s…

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