From Medieval Kings to Modern Politics: The Origins of England’s North-South Divide

stopherjones/Flickr By Dr. Fiona Edmonds Senior Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic University of Cambridge The medieval world has a powerful hold over our modern imaginations. We continually revisit this murky period of history in fictional frolics such as Game of Thrones, and stirring series including The Last Kingdom. Echoes of the so-called “dark ages”[…]

WHO Issues First Guidelines on Treating Female Genital Mutilation Victims

A man shows the logo of a T-shirt that reads “Stop the Cut” referring to female genital mutilation (FGM) during a social event advocating against harmful practices such as FGM at the Imbirikani Girls High School in Imbirikani, Kenya, on April 21, 2016. / Siegfried ModolaReuters By Agence France-Presse / 05.16.2016 The World Health Organization[…]

Native American Society on the Eve of British Colonization

From The Independence Hall Association Introduction The Anasazi pottery seen here has been dated between 1000 and 1300 C.E. In Renaissance times, Europeans were not the only ones accomplishing great things. No one can deny the beauty of Michelangelo’s brushwork or the brilliance of Shakespeare’s verse. But societies elsewhere also flourished. As the modern world[…]

Shifting Views of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare. Portrait of William Shakespeare 1564-1616. Chromolithography after Hombres y Mujeres celebres 1877, Barcelona Spain By Dr. Sophia Chiari Professor of English Literature Blaise Pascal University Abstract Performances of William Shakespeare’s plays on the European continent date back to his lifetime. Since his death in 1616, the playwright has never stopped dominating European literature.[…]

Using Sight to Determine Degree of Roast (VIDEO)

From Sweet Maria’s Coffee Library Color is just one of the ways to determine degree of roast. By itself, it is of limited use. When complemented by the audible cues (first and second crack) and the aromas of the roast process, it is extremely informative . Here’s a video showing the color changes that occur[…]

Space Station – Today Marks 100,000 Orbits!

International Space Station / Wikimedia Commons 05/16/2016 Around the World 100,000 Times The International Space Station is a microgravity laboratory in which an international crew of six people live and work while traveling at a speed of five miles per second (or 17,500 miles per hour), orbiting Earth every 90 minutes. Monday, May 16, marks[…]

Franklin Graham Wants to Know if You’ll Take a Bullet Fighting Transgender Rights – More Martyr Speak

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.16.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Franklin Graham, son to evangelist Billy Graham and heir to his empire, posted on Facebook yesterday about transgender rights and exhorted his followers to stand firm in their defense of bathrooms. Of course, he’s exalting them to “Godliness” and saying that they must contest as a unified[…]

Folk Etymology (In English and Elsewhere)

Folk etymology is too complex a phenomenon to be dismissed as a mere source of mistakes based on ignorance. The present paper reflects the opinions of a Romanian linguist (and Anglicist) on irregular phonetic-semantic shifts produced by inter-language borrowing, or by intra-language passage from one period to another. By Dr. Adrian Poruciuc Professor of Linguistics[…]

God on Trial: Human Sacrifice, Trickery, and Faith

Photo by Juan Javier Rivera By Dr. Rane Willerslev Professor of Anthropology, Director of Museum of Cultural History University of Oslo Abstract What would the story of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac look like through the value magnitude of Chukchi sacrifice, and vice versa? Drawing on the Dumontian idea that a dominant value contains its contrary[…]