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Practically Idealistic blog
The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

April 17 Benefit Concert at Yale Child Study Center

Join Connecticut CASA for an April 17, 2024 Benefit, featuring the outstanding Shades of Yale a cappella group on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cohen Auditorium of the Yale Child Study Center, 230 South Frontage Road.

To register and for information on sponsors, scan the QR code in the invitation or email: info@ConnecticutCASA.org
8:53 pm est 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Yale Student Athlete as Social Entrepreneur: Jeannot Basima

A first-year student at Yale has launched a nonprofit venture to support youth development through basketball in his hometown of Goma, Congo.  A fiscally sponsored project of Dwight Hall, it's called the Jeannot Basima Basketball Camp and Foundation.  See the web page here.

In addition, here is a powerful 40-minute documentary, filmed in 2019, that includes glimpses of Jeannot when he was age 14, finishing his 8th-grade year at New York Military Academy after growing up in Goma.  (He later moved to a high school in Maryland, and then in summer 2023 returned to Goma for the first time in five years before arriving in New Haven for the fall 2023 semester.)

Disclosure: On a volunteer basis, I happen to be Jeannot Basima's adviser in Saybrook College, and introduced him to Dwight Hall.
3:10 pm est 

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