Science and Civilization in China

Science and Civilization in China

There are many theories about how to answer Needham’s question. Perhaps it was religion? Governmental structures? Language? One answer that some Chinese educators discuss is Western-style liberal arts education. The argument is that a humanities education that...
Travels in Africa Excerpts

Travels in Africa Excerpts

The Hottest Place on Earth In mid-afternoon, four hours later than I’d expected, we came at last to In Salah: a short stretch of unbroken pavement, a gas station crowded with trucks and smelling of diesel, a bitter dust rising in great clouds of yellow as the winds...
What Can We Share?

What Can We Share?

What is needed to create the kind of conversation that will help us to be a strong, inventive society?  One answer is that we need something we share. What would that be? Lots of suggestions have been made, although in so large and multiple world many of them...
Martha Franks on “Here and There”

Martha Franks on “Here and There”

Martha Franks was interviewed on David Marash’ news and opinion radio show, Here and There.  She and Mr. Marash had a fascinating conversation about China, the classics, education and where the world is going. Listen to the podcast!
Travels in Africa (Excerpt)

Travels in Africa (Excerpt)

An Excerpt from Travels in Africa More About the Book PROLOGUE I AM SITTING HERE piecing together my diaries and find it hard to believe it’s been over thirty years since 1987 when I boarded a London-bound plane and set off to drive a Land Rover across Africa. My...