Close

Not a member yet? Register now and get started.

lock and key

Sign in to your account.

Account Login

Forgot your password?

Welcome to Dr. Peter N. Stearns' blog.

George Mason University Provost, Dr. Peter N. StearnsThe Provost Emeritus, Dr. Stearns is now University Professor in the History & Art History department.

Dr. Stearns served as Mason Provost for over 14 years, helping to oversee a period of rapid growth in enrollment, program development, and research, with concomitant attention to standards of educational quality. Expansion of global activities was an additional agenda priority. Returning to the faculty, Dr. Stearns teaches a variety of courses in history while continuing research and writing in social history, world history, and issues of academic administration.

Contact: Dr. Stearns, Phone: 703-993-4150

A Real Path Forward for AP World History

A Real Path Forward for AP World History

After a recent period of deep concern, there’s some (pretty) good news for those involved with AP World History: a real chance for constructive compromise Is emerging. Over the weekend, I had written a blog designed to join many others in expressing disapproval of the proposed change in the chronology of the AP course, cutting […]

Read more...

Conference on Emotions History: some thoughts about the field

Conference on Emotions History: some thoughts about the field

We have just emerged from a conference on the history of emotions at George Mason University that Susan Matt and I organized and that drew participation from about 70 people. It was, to our knowledge, the first extensive conference on the subject in North America, though participants came not only from Canada and the US […]

Read more...

We Need No More War

We Need No More War

This little essay is partly a statement of deeply felt personal opinion, for whatever it’s worth, and partly an appeal, for those similarly disposed, for a discussion of possible action. It’s an invitation to create an urgent collective voice for peace. The recent appointments of a new secretary of state and a new national security […]

Read more...

Another Take on History Learning

Another Take on History Learning

I’ve been teaching an honors course on the history of emotion for a few years now, and have always enjoyed both the course and the students – despite or because of the fact that few if any intend to be history majors. The year the course has been particularly lively, and it – along with […]

Read more...

Why (Older Folks) Study History?

Why (Older Folks) Study History?

As part of a project aimed at discussing what (if anything) studying history does for wellbeing, I thought it would be relevant to ask a group of people actively engaged in a learning in retirement program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, linked to George Mason University) what they thought. I have some experience asking, and thinking […]

Read more...

A Little Global Review?

A Little Global Review?

One of the advantages of no longer being Provost, but retaining interest in some of the issues that attracted me before, is that there is an opportunity for additional thinking and reflection. This can be slightly embarrassing, when one realizes that some of the thoughts should have been thought before, when there was more chance […]

Read more...

The Nuclear Analogy

The Nuclear Analogy

I have been intrigued, recently, by how often the media (particularly, the print media, who still enjoy the time to think) are turning to history to find some guidelines amid current uncertainties. It’s great to be reminded of how essential the discipline is, and I hope anti-humanists will take note. Thus we are told about […]

Read more...