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  • President Hennessy, members of the Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty and staff, proud and relieved parents, calm and serene grandparents, distracted but secretly pleased siblings, ladies and gentlemen, graduating students of the Class of 2016, good morning.I am deeply honored and privileged that you have asked me here to say a few words at so momentous an occasion, that you might find what I have to say worthy of your attention on so important a day, especially one with such historical significance. One hundred and twenty-five years. Wow!Thank you, too, for that generous introduction, President Hennessy. I always feel compelled, though, to inoculate myself against such praise by remembering that I have on my refrigerator door at home an old and now faded cartoon that shows two men standing in hell, the flames licking up around them. One guy says to the other, ;Apparently, my over 200 screen credits didnt mean a damn thing.; They dont, of course; there is much more meaning in your accomplishments, which we memorialize today.I am in the business of memorializing – of history. It is not always a popular subject on college campuses today, particularly when, at times, it may seem to some an anachronistic and irrelevant pursuit, particularly with the ferocious urgency this moment seems to exert on us. It is my job, however, to remind people – with story, memory, anecdote and feeling – of the power our past also exerts, to help us better understand whats going on now. It is my job to try to discern patterns and themes from history to enable us to interpret our dizzying, and sometimes dismaying, present. For nearly forty years now, I have diligently practiced and rigorously maintained a conscious neutrality in my work, avoiding the advocacy of many of my colleagues, trying to speak to all of my fellow citizens.Over those decades of historical documentary filmmaking, I have also come to the realization that history is not a fixed thing, a collection of precise dates, facts and events that add up to a quantifiable, certain, confidently-known truth. History is a mysterious and malleable thing, constantly changing, not just as new information emerges, but as our own interests, emotions and inclinations change. Each generation rediscovers and reexamines that part of its past that gives its present new meaning, new possibility and new power. The question becomes for us now – for you especially – what will we choose as our inspiration? Which distant events and long dead figures will provide us with the greatest help, the most coherent context, and the wisdom to go forward?This is in part an existential question. None of us get out of here alive. An exception will not be made in your case and youll live forever. You cant actually design your life. (If you want to make God laugh, the saying goes, tell her your plans.) The hard times and vicissitudes of life will ultimately visit everyone. You will come to realize that you are less defined by the good things that happen to you, your moments of happiness and apparent control, than you are by those misfortunes and unexpected challenges that, in fact, shape you more definitively, and help to solidify your true character – the measure of any human value. You, especially, know that the conversation that comes out of tragedy and injustice needs to be encouraged, emphasis on courage. It is through those conversations that we make progress.A mentor of mine, the journalist Tom Brokaw, recently said to me, ;What we learn is more important than what we set out to do.; Its tough out there, but so beautiful, too. And history – memory – can prepare you.I have a searing memory of the summer of 1962, when I was almost nine, joining our family dinner on a hot, sweltering day in a tract house in a development in Newark, Delaware, and seeing my mother crying. She had just learned, and my brother and I had just been told, that she would be dead of cancer within six months. But thats not what was causing her tears. Our inadequate health insurance had practically bankrupted us, and our neighbors – equally struggling working people – had taken up a collection and presented my parents with six crisp twenty dollar bills – 0 in total – enough to keep us solvent for more than a month. In that moment, I understood something about community and courage, about constant struggle and little victories. That hot June evening was a victory. And I have spent my entire professional life trying to resurrect small moments within the larger sweep of American history, trying to find our better angels in the most difficult of circumstances, trying to wake the dead, to hear their stories.But how do we keep that realization of our own inevitable mortality from paralyzing us with fear? And how do we also keep our usual denial of this fact from depriving our lives and our actions of real meaning, of real purpose? This is our great human challenge, your challenge. This is where history can help. The past often offers an illuminating and clear-headed perspective from which to observe and reconcile the passions of the present moment, just when they threaten to overwhelm us. The history we know, the stories we tell ourselves, relieve that existential anxiety, allow us to live beyond our fleeting lifespans, and permit us to value and love and distinguish what is important. And the practice of history, both personal and professional, becomes a kind of conscience for us.As a filmmaker, as a historian, as an American, I have been drawn continually to the life and example and words of Abraham Lincoln. He seems to get us better than we get ourselves. One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, in mid-June of 1858, Abraham Lincoln, running in what would be a failed bid for the ed States Senate, at a time of bitter partisanship in our national politics, almost entirely over the issue of slavery, spoke to the Republican State Convention in the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield. His political party, the Republican Party, was brand new, born barely four years before with one single purpose in mind: to end the intolerable hypocrisy of chattel slavery that still existed in a country promoting certain unalienable rights to itself and the world.He said, ;A house divided against itself cannot stand.; ;A house divided against itself cannot stand.;201607/453081。
  • 突破口语之情景对话(13):Complain about food抱怨食物13. Complain about food抱怨食物A: Is everything to your satisfaction?B: No, the steak was recommended, but it is not very fresh.A: Oh! Sorry to hear that. This is quite unusual as we have steak from the market every day.B: So what? It is not fresh and I'm not happy about it.A: I'm sorry, sir. Do you wish to try something else? That would be on the house, of course.B: No, thank you.译文:A: 一切都还满意吗?B: 不满意,这是你们向我推荐的牛排,可是它不太新鲜。A: 哦,很抱歉。我们很少发生这种情况,因为我们每天去市场买牛排。B: 那又怎么样?牛排不新鲜,对此我很不满意。A: 对不起,先生。您想吃点别的吗?当然,那是免费的。B: 不用了,谢谢。注解 :1) satisfaction (n) : 满意,满足例: He smiled in satisfaction when he won the race. 他赢得赛跑后满意地笑了。2) unusual (adj) : rare不平常的 /200708/16434。
  • Ive just received a call from secretary Clinton. She congratulated us. Its about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.我刚从克林顿国务卿(指希拉里)那儿接到一个电话。她祝贺我们获胜。这是关于我们的事。在如此艰难漫长的竞选中,我非常感谢她和她的整个家族。I mean she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.她一直是个战士。希拉里工作时间很长,一直非常努力。她对整个国家的做出了贡献,我们欠她一个感谢。I mean that very sincerely. Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together, to all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.我是认真的。现在我觉得美国人民应该弥补裂痕,重新团结在一起。全美所有的共和党人、民主党人、自由党人,现在正是我们一起团结人民的时候。It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, Im reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.是时候了!我向这片国土上的每位公民承诺,我将成为全美国人的总统,这对我而言十分重要。过去那些没有选择持我的人们,很少的一部分人们,我将成为你们的引导、你们的帮手,这样我们就可以一起努力,团结起我们伟大的国家。As Ive said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for theirfamily.就像我从一开始说的,我们不只是在做一场选举,我们举行了一场不可思议、伟大的运动,这是上百万努力工作、热爱国家的男性女性们为了拥有一个更好、更光明的未来和家庭而一起构成的。201611/477143。
  • 英语会话800句 38 /200608/9146。
  • VOA流行美语 32: FISHY / TO LUCK OUTMichael在纽约上大学,他父母住在华盛顿,这个周末他请李华到他父母家作客。今天,李华会学到两个常用语:fishy和to luck out。L: Michael, 谢谢你请我到你家来过周末。有机会和一个美国家庭一 起过周末对我来说是很有意义的。你的爸爸妈妈人真好,我也很 喜欢你的。M: She's not usually so nice. Normally all she does is complain. I think there's something fishy going on.L: 噢,你说她平时没有象这两天讨人喜欢呀?她老是爱抱怨,这我 倒是看不出来。你说,there's something fishy going on, 那是什么 意思呀?Fish不是鱼吗?M: Oh, fishy is fish with a "y". It means there is something suspicious going on.L: 你的意思是,你表现得那么好,和平时不一样,你觉得有点 可疑。为什么呢?M: Because she always acts this way when she is trying to get our parents to let her do something.L: 对,有些孩子是这样的。当他们想问家长要什么的时候就会表现 得出奇的好。要求满足了, 一切又照常了。M: I can say something is fishy if I think someone is lying about something.L: 这我就清楚了,你要是认为某个人在骗你,你就可以说:It seems fishy.M: That's right.L: 比方说,我那天接到一个旅行社的电话,说我得了一个奖。他说我可 以到四个地方去旅行一个星期只要二百美元,但是要我马上付这笔 钱。我当时就觉得可疑,I thought something was fishy, 对不对?M: You're absolutely right. Let me tell you something, the travel company probably doesn't even exist. After you pay them, you won't be able to find them anymore.L: 哟,幸亏我没上当。原来是骗局,等我付了钱,他们就消失了! 这可太气人了!M: You really have to be careful whenever you smell something fishy.( Michael和李华在飞机场)L: Michael, 一个周末过得真快。好象刚到,现在又要搭飞机走了。M: Look, half of the flights are canceled because of the snow, but ours is still on time. We really lucked out.L: 噢,因为下雪,所以一半的航班都被取消了,我们的却还按时飞。 真是运气。你刚才说的lucked out大概就是运气的意思吧?M: Yes, it means we were really fortunate.L: 那每当我觉得运气好的时候,我都能用to luck out来表示吗?M: Yes, for example, I can say I really lucked out on that test last week. I didn't study very much for it, but I still knew all the answers on the test.L: 上星期的考试,我可没有考好。你没怎么念书倒是都能答出考题, you really lucked out on that test. 我可没有这种运气。我要不念书就 考不好。M: Hold on a second, I think they just called my name. I hope nothing's wrong.L: 对,我也听到他们叫你的名字呢,快去看看,有什么问题。L: 怎么回事,Michael, 票子没有问题吧?M: No, in fact I lucked out again. I dropped my wallet at the ticket counter. They just wanted to return it to me.L: 哟,你钱包掉了还不知道,柜台捡到了还主动还给你。你哪 来那么好的运气呐!You really lucked out this time! 钱包里有多少钱 哪?M: Not much, only ten bucks! Come on Li Hua, let's board the plane.李华今天学到了两个常用语,一个是:fishy,意思是怀疑对方不老实,有花招;另一个是:to luck out,这是指没有料到的运气。 这里[流行美语]就学习到这里。我们下次再见。 /200602/3107。
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