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Monthly Archive for September, 2009

“Paul McCartney is Dead”

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40 years ago this week a student newspaper started one of the most notorious rumors of the 1960s.  Check it out here. [BP] [Read More]
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Feeling a Little too Clever

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Feeling Clever. One of the perils of being a professor is that it can encourage you to think you are clever. I’m sure there are other professions where this is true, but it is definitely the case here. This is the story. As a life-long resident of the northeast and a person with specific view […] [Read More]
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Arguing over the Uses and Abuses of History

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     Last Saturday’s march in Washington, D.C. has sparked controversy among pundits, politicians, and yes, even historians.  Two issues seem to dominate the discussions.  The first, on whether racism played a significant role in the protests, has ignited a particularly sharp debate.  The second, the uses and abuses of history, raises critical questions for history […] [Read More]
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Those town hall meetings

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One professor takes a mild view of the recent health care town hall events, citing historical perspective.  What do you think of his argument?  Click here.  [BP] [Read More]
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150 years ago

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What happened 150 years ago this week? This US senator was killed in a duel. See this story–click here. [BP] [Read More]
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Let Them Eat Cake! and Other American Stories

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“Less Government! Am I Alone?” reads a yard sign in Bethel. Every time I pass it, I’m tempted to stop and invite the sign’s author to tell me more. I had the same reaction to the folks in August’s town hall meetings when angry constituents yelled at Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Arlen Specter of […] [Read More]
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Loving Students in the Fall

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In my last post – which I forgot to sign – I started my positive professor campaign. I don’t want anyone to be confused, I can complain with the best of them, but the truth is that ground is well covered elsewhere. But I am neither as erudite (which I can’t spell correctly either) nor […] [Read More]
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The Tightening Double Bind: Women in the News

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ABC News announced the appointment of Diana Sawyer this week as the replacement for announcer Charlie Gibson on its nightly news. Critics quickly complained that Sawyer lacked journalistic chops, and noted the prospect of two female anchors, Sawyer and CBS’s Katie Couric. Because I’m not particularly a Sawyer fan – how does she look so […] [Read More]
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U.K.’s Guardian starts series on World War II

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Fans of the Greatest Generation will be interested in a seven-part series starting Saturday in The Guardian. You can catch it by following the link below, or going to www.guardian.co.uk. [Read More]
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Why I Like Being a Professor

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I’ve been thinking about a lot of things to write about. Some reflecting on how politics spin back to life in Connecticut (The coup installed regime of Honduras has removed Professor Dario Euraque of Trinity College illegally from his position in its Ministry of Culture for example) but when this started I promised myself I […] [Read More]
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