The Study of History and the Rise of Civilization

Creative Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.12.2018 Historian Editor-in-Chief, Brewminate The Study of History Splitting History How Do We Write History? The word history comes ultimately from Ancient Greek historía, meaning “inquiry,” “knowledge from inquiry,” or “judge.” However, the question of what kind of inquiries historians pose, what knowledge they seek, and how they interpret the[…]

Why Science and Engineering Need to Remind Students of Forgotten Lessons from History

Isaac Newton’s portrait. What can students learn from his life? Alessandro Grussu, Creative Commons By Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman / 08.15.2016 HHMI Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health Boston University Lately, there has been a lot of discussion highlighting the need for incorporating social sciences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines in order to foster[…]

History is a Process, Not a Pile of Flash Card Facts

History is not just a few facts to be memorized. Greg Wass/Flickr, Creative Commons By Dr. Ben Keppel / 02.26.2015 Associate Professor of History University of Oklahoma The decision of a committee of the Oklahoma legislature, by a vote of 11-4, to stop funding for Advanced Placement History classes is national news. Whether this committee vote will actually[…]

The Enduring Power of Print for Learning in a Digital World

   By Dr. Patricia A. Alexander and Lauren M. Singer Trakhman / 10.03.2017 Alexander: Professor of Psychology Trakhman: PhD Candidate in Educational Psychology University of Maryland Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence[…]

Historians Want to Put Events in Context. Common Core Doesn’t. That’s a Problem.

Photo by Roxyuru / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Sandra Stotsky / 12.24.2017 Professor Emerita of Education Reform University of Arkansas For an October 2017 conference sponsored by an affiliate of the California Association of Teachers of English, I was invited to give an informal talk on a chapter in my book, The Death and Resurrection of a Coherent[…]

Early American Historiography at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Photo by Henry Mühlpfordt / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Mark Boonshoft / 08.26.2017 Assistant Professor of History Norwich University 1966 was a transformative year in popular music. The Beatles released Revolver; Dylan put out Blonde on Blonde; and the Beach Boys dropped Pet Sounds. Even fifty years later, those three albums sit atop many respectable lists of the best all time albums.[…]

Harvard Professor’s PULSUS – Sound as Art

The installation outside Gund Hall responds to real-time data, ranging from emojis used on social media to police radio dispatches. By Travis Dagenais / 12.06.2017 Photos by Justin Knight GSD professor’s sculpture translates real-time data into soundscapes As visitors to the Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) Gund Hall approach the puzzling blanket of concrete installed[…]

New Strategies for Integrity in Academic Journal Publishing

Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access. Elizabeth, CC BY-NC-ND By Dr. Patrick Burns / 11.05.2017 Dean of Libraries Vice President for Information Technology Colorado State University Imagine a researcher working under deadline on a funding proposal for a new project. This is the day she’s dedicated to literature review – pulling examples from existing research[…]

Why Society Needs Historians

Statue of Thucydides, Greek Historian / ChrisJL, Flickr By Dr. Jonathan Healey / 06.04.2016 Associate Professor in Social History University of Oxford The Social Historian ‘Society doesn’t need a 21-year-old who is a sixth century historian. It needs a 21-year-old who really understands how to analyse things, understands the tenets of leadership and contributing to[…]

The 19th-Century Historical Archives of Jared Sparks

The only known photograph of five Harvard College/University Presidents sitting in order of when they served. Left-to-Right: Josiah Quincy III, Edward Everett, Jared Sparks, James Walker and Cornelius Conway Felton. / Harvard University Library By Derek K. O’Leary / 01.23.2017 PhD Candidate in History University of California Berkeley Jared Sparks—editor, historian, Harvard president—deposited a bundle[…]

In Memoriam: Joyce Appleby (1929-2016)

By Michael D. Hattem / 12.30.2016 PhD Candidate in Early American History Yale University Joyce Oldham Appleby was born in Nebraska on April 9, 1929. After a rootless childhood that involved a number of moves from Illinois to California (and a number of places in between), Appleby attended Stanford University, where she received her BA[…]

Teaching About Early Republic Print Culture with ‘Hamilton’

By Dr. Michelle Orihel / 11.29.2016 Assistant Professor of History Southern Utah University Last spring, I blogged about how I used the song “Farmer Refuted” from Hamilton: An American Musical to teach about the pamphlet wars of the American Revolution.[1] But, that’s not the only song about pamphlets in the musical. There’s also “The Reynolds[…]

Apocryphal Cicero: John Toland’s Cicero Illustratus and Notions of Authority in the Early Enlightenment

By Dr. Katherine A. East Professor of Classics Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Newscastle University International Journal of the Classical Tradition / 23:2 (June 2016), 108-126 Introduction Cover page of Cicero Illustratus / John Toland In 1712 John Toland, a man who had gained notoriety as the writer of radical and heterodox works, broke out of[…]

Why There is Value in On-Campus Living

Students are moving into their dorms. How best can they learn? Tulane Publications By Dr. Beth McCuskey / 08.21.2016 Vice Provost for Student Life Purdue University Does living on campus support learning and student success? As families consider the living options available to their college students and look at the costs of college education, what[…]

Why Historians Need Imagination

By Dr. Yoav Tenembaum / 08.07.2016 Lecturer, Diplomacy Studies Program Tel Aviv University There are two types of imagination: Fantasy-directed imagination, and Reality-directed imagination. Fantasy-directed imagination is aimed at depicting a scenario that goes beyond reality. An example of fantasy-directed imagination would be the creation of Mickey Mouse. Reality-directed imagination, on the other hand, is[…]

Free Speech Not Present at Some Universities

Universites Not Out of the Safe Space Yet / By Dr. Walter M. Brasch / 08.06.2016 Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications/Journalism Bloomsburg University Like most Jews, Benjamin Aaron Shapiro, a respected journalist, is an advocate for social justice, following the Jewish concept of Tikun Olam, literally translated as “repair of the world.” Unlike most[…]

The Steps of Life

The idea of a human’s life being divisible into distinct stages has been around for millennia, a recurring theme in the literature and art running through all historical periods and places. The early Greeks were particularly fond of the idea, the earliest reference being from lawmaker, and poet Solon (ca. 600 BC), who had ten[…]

Mary Bunting, Champion of Women’s Education

Mary I. Bunting was the Rutgers dean who led the fight for coeducation at the United States’ most prestigious universities. The program she created in 1958 to support a community of mature women lives on at Douglass Residential College in her name. By Fredda Sacharow / Rutgers Today When Mary Bunting began her academic career in[…]

Spinoza in Principle: Ethics, Affect, and Friendship

By Dr. Timothy Rayner Former Professor of Philosophy University of Sydney Writer/Author Philosophy for Change One hundred years ago, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a famous philosopher, oft-quoted and respected, if notorious for his relationship with the authorities of his time. It is unclear why he fell out of fashion. We may have seen Spinoza’s statue in Amsterdam, or[…]

Universit(AR)y Journeys: An Ethnographic Play

Photo by Unsplash (courtesy of By Sonja Trifuljesko Doctoral Candidate, Social and Cultural Anthropology University of Helsinki Prologue When the fireworks in the Senate Square in Helsinki announced the beginning of 2015, they also marked the start of a special year for the adjoining University of Helsinki: its 375th anniversary. Though this jubilee per se might[…]

Mapping the Structure of the Archaeological Web

(NOTE: Image not included in original article.) By Dr. Shawn Graham Professor or Historical Methods Carleton University Originally published in Internet Archaeology as Graham, S. (2015). Mapping the Structure of the Archaeological Web, Internet Archaeology 39. 39:1 (2015) Summary What is the context of our archaeological blogging? When we blog, are we merely shouting into the[…]

REDUX: Bourgeois Knowledge #UniversityCrisis

By Dr. Antonio De Lauri Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultures and Societies of the Middle East University of Milan-Bicocca Young man: Hey, what’s he talking about? Old man: The professor is discussing ideas of justice and humanity in the philosophy of Plato. Young man: Plato? Old man: Plato, the Greek philosopher… Young man: Yeah,[…]