Computer Technology Can Only Help – Not Hurt – Art Historians

Frederic Bazille’s Studio 9 Rue de la Condamine (left) and Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barber Shop (right). The computer was able to detect similarities in the composition of both paintings. Yellow circles indicate similar objects, red lines indicate composition, and the blue square represents similar structural elements. Author provided By Dr. Ahmed Elgammal / 12.04.2014 Professor of[…]

How an Art History Class became More Engaging with Twitter

Can Twitter improve students’ engagement with course materials? Lauren Ann JImerson, Author provided By Lauren Jimerson / 09.22.2015 PhD Candidate in Art History Rutgers University When I was a college student, art history courses revolved around a 1960s-era carousel slide projector. Its monotonous humming and clicking in the darkened lecture hall often put my classmates to sleep.[…]

Lecture-Based Pedagogy and the Pitfalls of Expertise

Photo by nerdmeister®, Flickr, Creative Commons By Dr. Kevin Gannon / 01.16.2018 Professor of History Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grand View University Every few months, higher education is witness to a curious ritual where one’s stance on particular pedagogical issues assumes an affect of Calvinist-style salvation or damnation. You can set your[…]

The Conditioning, Cognition, Biology, and Psychology of Learning

Image from The Blue Diamond Gallery / Creative commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 02.26.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction to Learning 1.1 – Defining Learning Learning involves a change in behavior or knowledge that results from experience. 1.1.1 – What is Learning? Learning is an adaptive function by which our nervous system changes[…]

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 / www.spiked-online.com 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[…]