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[…]

Mary Bunting, Champion of Women’s Education

Mary I. Bunting was the Rutgers dean who led the fight for coeducation at the United States’ most prestigious universities. The program she created in 1958 to support a community of mature women lives on at Douglass Residential College in her name. By Fredda Sacharow / Rutgers Today When Mary Bunting began her academic career in[…]

Spinoza in Principle: Ethics, Affect, and Friendship

By Dr. Timothy Rayner Former Professor of Philosophy University of Sydney Writer/Author Philosophy for Change One hundred years ago, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a famous philosopher, oft-quoted and respected, if notorious for his relationship with the authorities of his time. It is unclear why he fell out of fashion. We may have seen Spinoza’s statue in Amsterdam, or[…]

Universit(AR)y Journeys: An Ethnographic Play

Photo by Unsplash (courtesy of Pixabay.com) By Sonja Trifuljesko Doctoral Candidate, Social and Cultural Anthropology University of Helsinki Prologue When the fireworks in the Senate Square in Helsinki announced the beginning of 2015, they also marked the start of a special year for the adjoining University of Helsinki: its 375th anniversary. Though this jubilee per se might[…]

Mapping the Structure of the Archaeological Web

(NOTE: Image not included in original article.) By Dr. Shawn Graham Professor or Historical Methods Carleton University Originally published in Internet Archaeology as Graham, S. (2015). Mapping the Structure of the Archaeological Web, Internet Archaeology 39. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.39.1 39:1 (2015) Summary What is the context of our archaeological blogging? When we blog, are we merely shouting into the[…]

REDUX: Bourgeois Knowledge #UniversityCrisis

By Dr. Antonio De Lauri Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultures and Societies of the Middle East University of Milan-Bicocca Young man: Hey, what’s he talking about? Old man: The professor is discussing ideas of justice and humanity in the philosophy of Plato. Young man: Plato? Old man: Plato, the Greek philosopher… Young man: Yeah,[…]

Critical Reflections on Digital Public Archaeology

Discussions among the students of UC Berkeley Anthro 136e Summer 2011 course at El Presidio de San Francisco National Park about the uses of digital technology in Archaeology – ©2011 Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley CA. Creative Commons (NOTE: This lead image was not included with the original article).     By Chiara Bonacchi and Gabriel[…]

Why Collecting History Online is Web 1.5

Creative Commons     By Sheila A. Brennan and T. Mills Kelly Professors of History and Art History George Mason University It seems like only yesterday that we were transitioning from the first-generation, read-only web to the “read-write web” of Web 2.0, that fosters community and collaboration where users participate in online content creation. But does[…]

‘Starving The Beast’: Documentary Reveals How Wall Street ‘Disrupted’ Public Education

Some of the country’s most respected public universities have been devastated by years of cuts, and corporations have stepped in to turn publicly funded education into private profit. The new documentary “Starving The Beast, reveals the struggle in education funding taking place across the country at publicly funded universities. (AP Photo/David Goldman) AUSTIN, Texas —[…]

Support for Trump Written in Chalk Around Emory University – Some Students No Longer Feel Safe

Chalk messages in support of Donald Trump at Emory University. (Photos courtesy of Amelia Sims) From Susan Svriuga at The Washington Post / 03.24.2016: Conservative students at Emory University are planning a free-speech event for next week, after an outcry on campus over messages supporting Donald Trump. Students woke up Monday morning to find messages[…]

What Went Wrong? Campus Unrest, Viewpoint Diversity, and Freedom of Speech

Melissa Click, a University of Missouri professor who teaches communication and journalism, was caught on tape threatening a journalist for covering a campus protest. She was subsequently fired for this and other such incidents she incited. From Michael Shermer at Skeptic Magazine / 03.23.2016: The French political journalist and supporter of the Royalist cause in[…]

Academics Can Change the World – If They Stop Talking Only to Their Peers

What’s the point of academics producing amazing research if they don’t share it widely with the general public? Shutterstock Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates. Instead, their[…]

Charles Fried: The Boundaries of the Self, the Impositions of Society

Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law at the Law School, discussed his views on personal freedom and state intervention at the Humanties Center recently: ‘The greatest enemy of society has always been some vision of the good.’ (Staff photo Emily Berl/Harvard News Office) As a 4-year-old boy in 1939, Charles Fried escaped with his family[…]