Boxing: The Brief History of a ‘Science’

Boxing will still be filled with will they, won’t they questions / Image by Jeffrey Pott (Flickr Creative Commons) By Adam Park / 08.17.2015 PhD Candidate in American Religious History Dissertation: Sports and Religion Florida State University I recently tried to explain to a four-year-old why I whimpered in pain when she “honked” my nose.[…]

Thomas Annan and ‘The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow’ in Early Photography

By Dr. Lionel Gossman / 05.28.2015 M. Taylore Pyne Professor of Romance Languages Princeton University The best-known, most widely-admired, and most problematical of Annan’s architectural photographs make up the collection known as The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow. These photographs were commissioned by the City of Glasgow Improvement Trust, an agency set up to[…]

The Greek War of Independence: The Massacre at Chios (Scio)

The Massacre at Chios, by Eugène Delacroix (1824) / Louvre Museum, Paris By William St. Clair / 05.10.2013 Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies University of London During the early months of 1822, although the news reaching Western Europe from Greece remained overwhelmingly slanted in the Greek favour, a few disturbing reports could also[…]

Islam: Its Emergence to the Mamluk Sultanate

  By Dr. Brian Parkinson Professor of History Georgia Southwestern State University Introduction An inveterate adventurer and renowned intellectual, Ibn Khaldun was born into a family of ascendant Andalusian Arabs who had immigrated to North Africa. There, present day Tunisia, he received a traditional Islamic education until his parents died from the plague. At the[…]

1295: The Year of the Galleys

Lecture by Dr. Ian Friel at Barnard’s Inn Hall / 10.31.2013 Historian, Museum Consultant Introduction In November 1294, King Edward I of England issued orders to various ports and cities for the construction of 20 large war galleys.  The vessels are known to historians as the ‘1295 galleys’, from the year in which most of[…]

Building Legal Order in Ancient Athens

A facsimile of the papyrus with the text “Constitution of the Athenians” by Aristotle / British Library, London     Dr. Federica Carugati (left), Visiting Assistant Professor of Politial Science, Indiana University, Bloomington Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield (center), Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School Dr. Barry R.[…]