Monday, January 03, 2005

Alcuin: Educator of the Carolingian Renaissance

Alcuin (734-804) was the head of Charlemagne's cultural reinvigoration of the west. As lead educator and propogandist for the emperor, Alcuin encouraged literacy and learning in a time of relative stagnation. While not considered an original thinker himself, Alcuin is respected for his support of a broad education, i.e. the seven liberal arts. A staunch churchman, steeped in christian idealism, he would end his days as abbot of the abbey of St. Martin of Tours in France.

Map of Charlemagne's Empire

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Eyes on Darfur

As the international community rallies to the aid of the wave-ravaged nations of south Asia, it is important to remember the many crises that afflict the world today. There has still not been an adequate solution to the genocide taking place in Sudan.

Philanthropy does not thrive in a tunnel.

Remember those suffering in Darfur:

What You Can Do About Darfur
1. Inform Yourself About Darfur
2. Write to Your Local Newspaper
3. Write to the Members of the U.N. Security Council
4. Write to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan
5. Write to the Sudanese Government
6. Contact Your Elected Representatives
7. Donate to Humanitarian Agencies

Fearlessly We Tread into 2005

Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

How far will we look in 2005?

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Kristen Hersh live at The Cat's Cradle

Kristin Hersh, formally of Throwing Muses and presently of 50 Foot Wave, is gracing the Triangle with her beautiful music. She will be appearing at The Cat's Cradle, in Carrboro, on February 4.

Visit for more info on Kristin's past, present, and future projects.