Past and Present: The Connection between Literacy and History

True content-area literacy in history requires students learn reading and writing strategies specific to history. Introduction “Do we just use the text as evidence to answer this question or can we use the date of the document also?” A bright 8th-grade student asked me this question in the middle of a lesson on Reconstruction. He and his[…]

The Role of the Workshop in Italian Renaissance Art

Pressures to elevate the artistic profession began in earnest in the midst of the rising Renaissance era. By Dr. Alexis CulottaProfessor of Practice, Art HistoryTulane University Introduction In the contemporary art world, artists and their workshops enjoy a remarkably symbiotic relationship. Examples abound: artist Jeff Koons, for instance, floods his studio with artists who can fabricate[…]

Featured Scholar: Ewan Clayton and ‘A History of Writing’

Issues of urgent interest for a society living in an era of unprecedented change to the tools and technologies of written communication. Book by Dr. Ewan ClaytonProfessor of DesignUniversity of Sunderland From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and services in ancient Mesopotamia, to the sophisticated typographical resources available to the[…]

Where Did Writing Come From?

The rise, fall, and rediscovery of cuneiform. By Shelby BrownClassical archaeologist and classicistEducation Specialist for Academic and Adult AudiencesJ. Paul Getty Museum Introduction In a world in which immediate access to words and information is taken for granted, it is hard to imagine a time when writing began. Archaeological discoveries in ancient Mesopotamia (now mostly modern[…]

Micropayments on Blockchain to Fix Supply Chain Issues

The recent episode of CoinGeek Conversations hosted by Charles Miller explores how micropayments on blockchain can help fix the world’s supply chains. The seafood industry has already revolutionized its supply chain, while the jewelry industry is looking to minimize delays, cut down on huge transaction fees and track high-value raw materials and products to prevent[…]