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Why Do Public Spaces Matter? Parks, Squares, & Commons | BRIght & Early, BRI’s Student Web Series

How have the places you hang out been affected by the pandemic? In our penultimate episode, Rachel, Kirk, and Gary assess the definition of public space and what it means to us. Incorporating the history of some of the most famous open areas in the country like Central Park, they'll explain how feudal lords can be thanked for the origin of common areas, and how factors like pandemics have impacted these places in our communities. What is the future of public spaces in America?

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A Word about Words & the Magic of Rhetoric | BRIght & Early, BRI’s Student Web Series

Words are all around us every day, but it is rare that we stop and think about what they really mean and how they are influencing us. In this week's episode of BRIght & Early, Rachel, Kirk, and Gary dissect the surprising origins of words that dominate the headlines today and think through the rhetorical "magic" that makes speeches so memorable. Why were leaders like Dwight D. Eisenhower and Patrick Henry so influential through rhetoric, and how can you be influential and deliberate with your word choice?

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Creativity, Self-Expression & the Joyful Pain of Writing | BRIght & Early, BRI’s Student Web Series

If you made a time capsule right now, what would you put in it? In our new episode of BRIght & Early, Kirk, Rachel, and Gary are joined by special guest, BRI Senior Teaching Fellow and noted author, Tony Williams, to explore why self-expression is so important, and techniques for finding the mode of expression right for you. Tony will share what inspired him to write his book, "The Pox and the Covenant: Mather, Franklin, and the Epidemic That Changed America's Destiny," and new ways to think about organization and creativity.

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Stimulus, Economics, and How to Think About It All | BRIght & Early, BRI’s Student Web Series

How has the recent government stimulus package impacted you? What other economic factors are influencing you today that you weren't as aware of before? In this episode, Kirk, Gary, and Rachel explore hot topic economic issues today and revisit the government and people's response to other economically challenging times in our nation's history. Has the American economic response to handling a crisis changed?

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Technology & Your Education. What’s new and not so new in remote learning? | BRIght & Early

Have you ever thought about what learning in a classroom will be like in 100 years? In response to so many students across the country moving to digital learning, Rachel, Kirk, and Gary take a look at how technology has evolved in the classroom. They'll incorporate impressions from sources tackling the convergence of technology and education in a futuristic setting for a thought-provoking discussion. With a big shoutout to Marginal Revolution University!