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The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job

14 Oct

When Larycia Hawkins, the first black woman to receive tenure at Wheaton College, made a symbolic gesture of support for Muslims, the evangelical college became divided over what intellectual freedom on its campus really meant. See what journalist Ruth Graham (a Wheaton graduate, but not related to Billy Graham) has found out about the aftermath of things for Hawkins and Wheaton here: The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job – The New York Times

History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

30 May

James Grossman of the American Historical Association has a few words to the wise about “using” history …

Source: History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of – LA Times

272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown University. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?

16 Apr

In 1838, the Jesuit priests who ran the country’s top Catholic university needed money to keep it alive. Now comes the task of making amends.

This is a troubling and amazing story by Rachel L. Swarns of the New York Times. Recovering the past is not necessarily a simple, let alone triumphal, endeavor.

Source: 272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? – The New York Times

Don’t Repress the Past

23 Nov

Keep Woodrow Wilson and John C. Calhoun on campus. Or so argues historian James Livingston in a thoughtful post at the Chronicle of Higher Education: Don’t Repress the Past – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why do people who love libraries love libraries?

22 Sep

When librarians talk about a commons it is almost always about “the stuff in the space” – whereas communities are about “people doing stuff together.” I’m trying to move away from a focus on serving “the user” and instead trying to appreciate that we engage and support a multitude of different people with diverse and different needs. Our libraries are different things to different people. We cannot be everything to everyone, but we can be very good at being some things to many people.

So argues Brian Mathews at the Chronicle of Higher Education. You can read his entire post here: Why do people who love libraries love libraries? – The Ubiquitous Librarian – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A Call to Historians for the Return of the Longue-Duree

17 Sep

At Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee provides a review of a new book by historians for historians: The History Manifesto. Jo Guldi and David Armitage, authors of the Manifesto, call for more “big view” history and less microhistory–for the sake of our public policy, which needs the long view.

Amen, say I.

You can read McLemee’s review of the book here: Review of Jo Guldi and David Armitage, “The History Manifesto” @insidehighered.

The New History Wars

2 Sep

WASHINGTON — WITH the news dominated by stories of Americans dying at home and abroad, it might seem trivial to debate how history is taught in our schools. But if we want students to understand what is happening in Missouri or the Middle East, they need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture. People don’t kill one another just for recreation. They have reasons. Those reasons are usually historical.

So begins James R. Grossman of the American Historical Association in a New York Times op-ed today. I find myself saying, “Hear! Hear!”

You can read the entire piece not hear but here: The New History Wars – NYTimes.com.

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