Areopagitica: Milton’s Stance on Censorship and Licensing

Bust of John Milton / National Portrait Gallery, London Lecture by Dr. John Rogers / 10.01.2007 Professor of English Yale University Introduction: Areopagitica From cover page of Areopagitica / Wikimedia Commons With Areopagitica, we find ourselves in the middle of the English Revolution, sometimes called the Puritan Revolution. It’s in this period that Milton increasingly[…]

The Spooky World of Anne Armstrong, 1673

The Witches’ Sabbath, 1606 (oil on canvas) by Francken, Frans II the Younger (1581-1642); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Flemish, out of copyright By Dr. Jonathan Healy / 10.29.2016 Associate Professor of Social History University of Oxford The Social Historian Anne Armstrong was a servant-girl. Probably just a teenager in 1673, she lived at[…]

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[…]

The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News

How can students think critically about information in today’s age? UBC Library Communications/flickr By Donald A. Barclay / 01.04.2017 Deputy University Librarian University of California, Merced Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health:[…]

Constantine and the Early Church

Constantine statue remains / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Paul Freedman / 09.07.2011 Chester D. Tripp Professor of History Chair, History of Science and Medicine Program Yale University Introduction Today we discuss the conversion of Constantine, the Roman emperor, to Christianity. Important not because of Constantine’s own particular opinions. The fact that he embraced Christianity is,[…]

Lifestyles of the Roman Rich and Famous: Houses and Villas at Pompeii

Via dell’ Abbondanza, Pompeii / Wikimedia Commons Lecture by Dr. Diana E.E. Kleiner / 01.27.2009 Dunham Professor, History of Art and Classics Yale University Introduction and the Ideal Domus Italica [Addressed here] is the public architecture of Pompeii, about the forum, about the temples, about the basilica, about the baths, and also about shops, and[…]

The Art of the Shahnama

Whole page left, and detail, right: Sultan Muhammad, The Court of Gayumars, c.1522, 47 x 32 cm, opaque watercolor, ink, gold, silver on paper, folio 20v, Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp I (Safavid), Tabriz, Iran (Aga Khan Museum, Toronto) By Dr. Nancy Demerdash-Fatemi / 01.06.2017 Historian of Art and Architecture The Shahnama This sumptuous page, The[…]

House Republicans Change Rules to Protect Legislators from Federal Investigation

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images “Republicans revised House rules to shield lawmakers’ spending records from federal investigators. The change comes after Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) resigned amid probes into his spending of campaign and office funds. The rules change gives members of Congress power to resist investigations into embezzlement and misuse of campaign money.” – Dana Milbank,[…]