Mark Charles spent some time on our Northwestern College campus. In our American Indian Societies and Cultures class, he raised, among other things, the lack of attention that political candidates have given to Indian nations and voters.
Almost as if he was in class, here Timothy Egan in the New York Times makes an important point: Potlatch for Politicians – NYTimes.com.
Columbus was not a disinterested explorer. He was concerned about what he and his family would get out the voyages he made. Thus he had compiled in 1502 his Book of Privileges, shortly before he left on his fourth and last voyage.
This book is rare; there are only four copies. The Library of Congress has one of the three vellum copies. You can learn more about the book here: See it Now: Columbus’s Book of Privileges | Library of Congress Blog.
Apropos Columbus Day, History News Network provides various links to perspectives on Columbus here: History News Network | What is Columbus Day?.
Meanwhile, here at Northwestern College we look forward to hearing Mark Charles today in chapel.
Randall Balmer is a historian of American religion, and especially of evangelicalism. (Our paths have crossed a few times, although there is no reason for him to remember me.) His latest book is a biography of Jimmy Carter.
At Religion Dispatches, you can find an enlightening interview with Balmer about his book on Carter: His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, First Evangelical President | Religion Dispatches.
Historians Jo Guldi and David Armitage, authors of The History Manifesto, share a bit of their perspective on the need for historical perspective in our time:
The arbitration of data is a task in which the history departments of major research universities will almost certainly take a lead since it requires talents and training which no other discipline possesses. Historians are trained to synthesize the various data even when they come from radically different sources and times. They are adept at noticing institutional bias in the data, thinking about where data comes from, comparing data of different kinds, resisting the powerful beckoning of received mythology and understanding that there are different kinds of causation.
You can read their entire post at the History News Network here: History News Network | Historians May Never Rule the World, but Their Models will Rule the Data-Driven Future.