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Month: December 2016

Finals Week

Finals Week

I teach a range of courses at Geneseo, and just completed reading thirty-one essays for my section of Western Humanities. I teach the first half of the two-semester sequence, a great-books course on the University of Chicago model.  The students begin the semester reading Antigone, and finish with another tragedy, Hamlet.  In between they struggle through Thucydides, Plato, Cicero, the Bible, Augustine, Aquinas, and More. I teach the course in an explicitly ahistorical manner:  the authors of these works raise…

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#NoDAPL

#NoDAPL

Last night I appeared on WXXI-TV’s show “Need to Know” to share my thoughts about the Dakota Access Pipeline and what the future looks like in the face of an impending Trump presidency.

Updates on Dakota Access

Updates on Dakota Access

The Sierra Club has produced an excellent, brief, overview of the current state of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the efforts of the Water Protectors to halt its construction.  This may be the best brief summary of the issue I have seen.  You and your students will find this useful in arriving at an understanding of a movement that is both alike and unlike so much of Native American History: A protest movement, utilizing social media and networking to assemble…

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Of Tribes, Towns, and Tattoos: Some Thoughts on Hakluyt@400

Of Tribes, Towns, and Tattoos: Some Thoughts on Hakluyt@400

I remember many years ago at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting that the historian James Muldoon described Richard Hakluyt the Younger, who died four hundred years ago this past November, as the “Gene Roddenberry” of the Elizabethan age.  It is an image I have used many times in my classes, even though few of my students know who I am talking about.  Roddenberry wrote his teleplays for the “Star Trek” television series at the beginning of America’s space age. …

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