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Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives

23 Jun

It’s not enough to have an archive full of great stuff—“Library 2.0” as I’ve come to understand it, means making your material accessible and compelling to all kinds of different people. How do you convince the average person on the street that the past matters? Not in some golly-gee whiz isn’t this neat kind of way, but in clear and simple language.

At the Junto, Katy Lasdow interviews Margaret Bendroth, the Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives. (I just finished reading Bendroth’s The Last Puritans. It is well worth your time to read.)

Source: Where Historians Work: Q&A with Margaret Bendroth of the Congregational Library and Archives « The Junto

The New Idolatry: On the (Mis)Uses of Diversity in Academia Today

16 Jun

Professor Thomas Pfau of Duke University provides some thoughtful reflections on what is or is not meant by “diversity” in academia, particularly in light of the recent controversy that has embroiled Duke Divinity School. Read his piece here at the Australian Broadcasting Corporations’s Religion and Ethics site: The New Idolatry: On the (Mis)Uses of Diversity in Academia Today – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Native Perspective on Memorial Day

2 Jun

This is a commentary to which, as a historian, a Christian, and a friend of the author, I say, Amen!: A Native Perspective on Memorial Day – Native News Online

Don’t Thank Me

28 May

Some apt reflections on Memorial Day, by Chad Pierce: Don’t Thank Me – THE TWELVE

The Namesake of Howard University had Complicated Relationships with African Americans and Native Americans

24 May

Oliver Otis Howard was a revered Civil War general—but his career had a complicated postscript. Historian Daniel Sharfstein provides a concise summary of some of Howard’s zealous attempts to serve God through warfare, negotiation, education, and evangelism: The Namesake of Howard University Spent Years Kicking Native Americans Off of Their Land | History | Smithsonian

Raise a Juice Box to the Temperance Movement

9 May

Why is grape juice instead of wine used in the Lord’s Supper in so many American Protestant churches? Read historians Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait’s cogent and concise history about this here at Christianity Today: Raise a Juice Box to the Temperance Movement | Christian History

The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts

2 May

Historian Chris Gehrz here offers a thoughtful theological reflection on the liberal arts: The Three Journeys of the Christian Liberal Arts

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