Limerick: Fulfilling my oath as I depart the National Council on the Humanities

Editor’s note: This is an edited version of a speech Patty Limerick gave at a public meeting of the National Council of the Humanities on Dec. 6, 2019. I am the faculty director and chair of the board of an organization called the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where the…

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Beauprez, Udall featured in launch of CU Boulder bipartisan speaker series

Colorado’s former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez and U.S. Senator Mark Udall agree on very little when it comes to politics and public policy, but that didn’t stop the two from forming a long-lasting friendship. In December, the Republican and Democrat will kick off a new bipartisan speaker series hosted by the Center for the American…

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Limerick: The history we are blessed to repeat

Let’s say that an author has written a pronouncement that is universally quoted in support of the cause that matters the most to you. Should you respond by calling attention to the flaws in your benefactor’s thinking? That’s the dilemma that I collide with every few days. In the early 1900s, the philosopher George Santayana…

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Limerick: Zuckerberg stands at the great frontier; Western history should guide him

Andrew Harnik, The Associated Press. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, on Facebook’s impact on the financial services and housing sectors.   In a recent speech at Georgetown University, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg surprised the world with his cry for help….

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Limerick: Defending words from identity theft

Experience has acquainted thousands of Americans with a disturbing trend: Identity theft is a rampant crime. But here is a trend of equal concern: Words, phrases, and terms are having an even harder time than human beings when it comes to identity theft. Let’s start with a look at the peculiar fate of the noun…

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