An Analysis of the Techniques of Nazi Propaganda

Hitler (left) and Nazi Propaganda Minister Göbbels (center) / National Archives and Records Administration, Wikimedia Commons Looking k at the calculated methodology adopted by the Nazi party under the guidance of both Adolf Hitler and Joseph Göbbels. By Dr. Karthik Narayanaswami Harvard University Introduction As we examine the chronology of events leading up to the Holocaust, it[…]

Eugenic Madness Before We Even Had a Word for Eugenics

By any reasonable definition, eugenics never disappeared, and recently it has revived. By Dr. Theodore M. Porter / 10.14.2018 Distinguished Professor of History University of California Los Angeles Eugenics.Wasn’t it immoral, a pseudoscience? It is often dismissed now in terms like these. A century ago, most educated people thought of eugenics the way we think[…]

Linguistics: Impacts of the Loss of Native American Languages

Dance is a unique way of passing on cultural stories to a younger generation. Aaron Hawkins/Flickr.com Many Native languages are dying, and their loss has deep and profound implications for our world. By Dr. Rosalyn R. LaPier / 06.15.2018 Associate Professor of Environmental Studies The University of Montana Alaska has a “linguistic emergency,” according to the Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker. A report warned earlier this year that all[…]

Benoist’s 1800 ‘Portrait of a Black Woman’ and Its Initial Negative Reception

Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Portrait of a Black Woman (formerly known as Portrait of a Negress), 1800, oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm (Musée du Louvre) Why did this work provoke such a negative response when first exhibited? By Dr. Susan Waller / 09.26.2018 Professor of Art History University of Minneota-St. Louis Antoine Maxime Monsaldy, “View of the paintings[…]

Cylinder Seals in Ancient Mesopotamia – Their History and Significance

Cylinder seals were impression stamps, often quite intricate in design, used throughout Mesopotamia. By Dr. Joshua J. Mark / 12.02.2015 Professor of Philosophy Marist College Introduction Among the most interesting and revealing artifacts discovered from ancient Mesopotamia are the objects known as cylinder seals. These fairly small items may be seen today in museum exhibits around[…]

Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

A close-up view of the Babylonian map of the World. This partially broken clay tablet contains both cuneiform inscriptions and a unique map of the Mesopotamian world. Probably from Sippar, Mesopotamia, Iraq. 700-500 BCE. / Photo by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin, British Museum, Wikimedia Commons Mesopotamia was never a single, unified civilization, not even under the Akkadian Empire of Sargon[…]