Extra Credit Opportunity: Constitution Day Lecture

The Department of Social Sciences presents a Constitution Day Lecture on Friday, September 17, at 10:00 A.M. in Russ Hall 301. The lecture is titled “Contemporary Debates in a Constitutional Context” and will be delivered by Dr. Paul Zagorski and Dr. Darren Botello-Samson. The lecture will focus one the constitutional arguments central to current political issues, including gun control, same-sex marriage, and religious freedom, and will be open to the public.

History Carnival #89 (2010 July)

Welcome to my World History blog, which I primarily use as a teaching platform. And welcome to the 89th History Carnival! Before I start, I have to thank those who nominated posts — Jeremy Young, Penny Richards, Sharon Howard, Brett Holman and Ffion Harris. I’ll highlight their fascinating nominations first, plus a few bonus tracks, and then I want to take a jaunt through about two dozen categories of the Cliopatria History Blogroll and pick out of each one a blog starting with ‘j’ or ‘d’ (Yes, they’re my initials: I had to pick some filter) which has an interesting June post to share. I hope this might inspire you to broaden your reading, and, more importantly, to nominate more posts next month!


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A meditation on the rise of the internet

The intellectual culture journal “n+1” has a thoughtful and long discussion of the cultural implications of the rise of the internet. [via] They argue that the internet is a transformative technology, altering the directionality and economics of information and culture. They cite the “post-60s” culture of participation, but don’t mention the cassette tape and photocopier. Can’t get everything right, I guess.

Historical Perspective on “The Hurt Locker”

Historian James Livingston has an interesting discussion at HNN of the Will James character in the Oscar-winning movie “The Hurt Locker” and his historical namesake, philosopher William James. In the process he discusses pragmatism 20th century war, industrialization and changing ideas about masculinity. Very interesting stuff. I haven’t seen the movie, so I have no idea whether he’s being reasonable on that score, but the historical material is great.