Elite universities recognize online courses as a way to educate the masses. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology teamed up to introduce the nonprofit edX in May 2012, and Stanford, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan were quick to sign on to Coursera Inc., a for-profit platform, which now offers more than 300 free courses.
Though a flaming sword may keep us out forever, that has not stopped people from searching for the Garden of Eden. Paradise has been “found” in places as far- reaching as Iraq, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Florida, Missouri and the North Pole.
Almost 120 years ago, on Sept. 11, 1893, a young Indian man, clad in saffron robes, stood up at a massive gathering in Chicago and delivered one of the most rousing and frequently quoted speeches of modern religious history. The speaker's name was Narendranath Datta, but in India he went by Swami Vivekananda, and this is how he is now remembered. The event was the first-ever World Parliament of Religions, a visionary attempt to start a global dialogue among people of all faiths.
Spaniards danced under a statue of 15th Century explorer Christopher Columbus and sang “Viva Espana!” in downtown Madrid last night in celebration of a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final.
In asserting its claims to the tiny islands, rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, China points to records of its ancient mariners. Today, those waters are far more important to China than in the age of the sail.
The morning of April 17, on the tarmac at Reagan National Airport: The Delta shuttle to LaGuardia appeared to be No. 287 in line for takeoff. The plane was full, mainly with purposeful-looking middle-aged men in quality suits, fully absorbed in whatever it is that absorbs them.
Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy, the favorite to win Spain’s Nov. 20 elections, said he doesn’t support creating a “bad bank” in Spain and that another round of mergers is needed in the financial industry.