Historical role models - Amy Bissetta. focuses on character traits and how historical figures demonstrate them. Includes references to Am Revolution and Am Civil War. Ends with how positive traits can impact students' lives.
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.
Anand Giridharadas, author of THE TRUE AMERICAN (http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?id=4294985209) talks about immigration, income inequality and the different paths a person can take in this TED Talk.
"Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum." A great presentation, in which Bono shares the the Good News on Poverty (Yes, there's good news) - enjoy watching it!
Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure. "Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is."