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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2015 commencement address at Wesleyan, his alma mater.

Moving. Also suspenseful–will the cap stay on? No spoilers here.


Back From The Dead? Reported Sightings Fuel Hope For Return Of Tasmanian Tigers

It has been more than eight decades since the last known Tasmanian tiger died. In that time, the marsupial has become the stuff of textbook sketches and yellowing photographs, little more than a memory aging into oblivion.

But Thylacinus cynocephalus may still be out there.

 Recent “plausible sightings” have challenged the accepted wisdom that the animal has gone extinct — and have inspired researchers at Australia’s James Cook University to commence a quest to find it themselves.

Let’s clarify one thing right away: this animal is no feline. In fact, it’s a marsupial — in the same family as kangaroos — but its face looks a lot like a dog.

“It’s a dog with a pouch,” the university’s Sandra Abell tells All Things Considered. She’s one of the people leading the search in Queensland, Australia.

The Tasmanian tiger, in this photograph taken while the species was still around. terr-bo/Flickr

A Tasmanian tiger in captivity, circa 1930. It is believed that the last wild thylacine was shot in 1930 and the last captive one died in 1936.  Topical Press Agency/Getty Images            

I didn’t define myself as a feminist until quite recently, but I had always lived like a feminist and believed in the obvious: that women were as capable and as energetic and as inspiring as men. But to join a movement called feminism seemed too didactic, too political.

However, I have come to understand that feminism is not an abstract idea but a necessity if we — and really by ‘we,’ I mean you guys — are to move us forward and not backward into ignorance and fearful jealousy.


President Herbert Hoover at the Howard University Commencement, June 10, 1932

  1. President Hoover is shown above as he made the principal address today, June 10, at the commencement exercises at Howard University, in Washington, D. C. 
  2. President Hoover is shown above as he arrived at Howard University in Washington, D. C., accompanied by Mordecai W. Johnson, President of the university, where he made the principal address at the commencement exercises June 10. 
  3. President Hoover and Dr. Mordecai Johnson, head of Howard University, walk together across the campus… 

Series: Photographs of People, Places and Events, 1962 - 2004Collection: Hoover Presidential Library Audiovisual Collection, 1962 - 2004

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“As you find your ways to serve humanity, it gives me great comfort knowing that this generation is the first that understands that we need to lift up our women. Imagine the possibilities when we remove imbalance from the ether. Because it’s unbalanced right now. Imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. Your generation is unraveling deeply entrenched laws, principles, and misguided values that have held women back for far too long, and therefore have held us all back.” 

- Pharrell Williams’ NYU Commencement Speech


Obama speaks out against Trump without naming names

Although he didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, President Obama used his commencement address at Rutgers University on Sunday to make his most forceful case yet against the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

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Din and Tonics a cappella tribute to John Williams | Harvard University Commencement 2017

And democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right. This is hard to explain sometimes. You can be completely right, and you still are going to have to engage folks who disagree with you. If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral purity, but you’re not going to get what you want. And if you don’t get what you want long enough, you will eventually think the whole system is rigged. And that will lead to more cynicism, and less participation, and a downward spiral of more injustice and more anger and more despair. And that’s never been the source of our progress. That’s how we cheat ourselves of progress.

I know that many of you made miracles happen to get to this day. I know that parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and family behind you made miracles happen to be here. I know because my family made miracles happen for me to be standing here talking to you, telling stories. Your stories are essential. (x)

Lin-Manuel Miranda delivers the University of Pennsylvania commencement address
May 16, 2016

“When your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you’re being foolish to keep believing, or that you can’t do something, or that you should just give up, that you should just settle, you might say to yourself a little phrase that I’ve found handy these last eight years: Yes We Can.” —President Obama to the Howard University Class of 2016