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Amazon

Amazon

Just a quick note on the heralded Amazon arrival in Northern Virginia. As a humanist I have to hope that any company that picked that name can’t be totally bad news for liberal education – think mythology or geography or both. But there is a broader and more serious response that warrants discussion, and I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bridging between Expression and Dignity

Bridging between Expression and Dignity

The last few months have seen some unnecessary, and certainly undesirable, tensions emerge between passionate advocates of greater dignity for minorities of various sorts, and partisans of free speech. The issues have roiled a number of campuses and have provided yet another set of targets for critics of higher education. It’s time to step back, […]

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My New Book (on higher education)

This blog is only a bit more than a shameless plug for my new book, Guiding the American University: contemporary challenges and choices, which has just been published by Routledge. My flimsy excuse for blogging about it stems from the fact that the book relates strongly to the regular series of blogs I did in […]

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A Little History Contribution for the International Day of Peace

Things You Should Ask Your History Program to Tell You about Peace (or if you’re shaping a program, things you should be sure to include). There are two related problems in urging more attention to the history of peace. First, the risk of seeming naïve or unrealistic; nothing much to do about that, just grit […]

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Journal Editing: it works!

The Tuesday, Aug. 4 Metro section of the Washington Post, on an article published by the Journal of Social History concerning Irish immigrants, makes an implicitly interesting point about journal editing. The article has a needless tendentious heading, and it does not directly explore the editing process involved; hence an additional comment. Here’s the story: […]

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