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Monthly Archive for August, 2009

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Chronicle of Higher Education August 31, 2009 Professors Embrace Online Courses Despite Qualms About Quality Click here for this article. –Burt Peretti [Read More]
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Where the learning happens.

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I had made some plans about what my initial posts would be for this blog but a few events of today turned my head in a different direction. I attended a ceremony for incoming students and their families today; doing my best to look professorial in my academic regalia. Since this is really the only […] [Read More]
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The Time Traveler goes to Kykuit

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     The Hudson Valley in New York, a short trip from Danbury, offers historical travelers a number of excellent day tours.  Kykuit, the home built by millionaire John D. Rockefeller in the early twentieth century, allows for a close look at four generations of Rockefeller contributions to business, politics, and art.      The Kykuit tours […] [Read More]

Back to School (Again)

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     Everyone I know is preparing for the start of a new school year, or so it seems.  I just returned from my third “take the kid to college” trip.  My friend Paul is prepping his kindergarten classroom, meeting new students and parents who are just a bit worried about a big transition.  Among our historians on this […] [Read More]
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Big Numbers: The Deficit and a Trillion

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Today’s news that the national budget deficit will be $9 trillion over the next ten years made many of us gasp. That seems like an amazing amount of money, particularly in light of the average American wage, which the Social Security Administration pegged at around $40,000 in 2007. But perhaps it isn’t so large after […] [Read More]
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Time Traveler Goes to Gettysburg

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(From time to time The History Blog will write about historical sites and destinations suitable for a family day trip or a short weekend.) Most Americans know Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as the sight of one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. For three days in 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought throughout the […] [Read More]

Students born in 1991…

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This is what incoming freshmen in 2009 might not know.  –Burt [Read More]
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