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Suzanne McCormack
In August the New York Times released The 1619 Project, an ambitious publication of the paper’s weekly magazine that seeks to address our nation’s troubled history with slavery at its 400th anniversary. Written and produced by black authors and historians The 1619 Project, according to the Times, “is first and foremost an invitation to reframe how… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
Last week’s announcement that there will be an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Trump has created an opportunity to talk with students about the historical precedents of this action. The nearest my courses this semester get chronologically to any discussion of impeachment is the Watergate scandal and that’s only if I get through… (Show more)
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Steven Huang
We welcome all professors of the Western civilization or European history survey course to come and converse with our authors: Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Clare Crowston, and Joe Perry. While they will be talking specifically about their teaching experience and how it relates to A History of Western Society, there will be plenty of time for Q+A and…
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Melissa (Famiglietti) Rodriguez
Historian Kelly Lytle Hernández Wins MacArthur Fellowship : NPR    "History is a narrative of the past. It is based upon the sources that we regard as relevant or that we can find," she says.   In light of the 1619 project and the rethinking of history's very definition in today's atmosphere, it seems timely that Kelly Lytle Hernandez is awarded… (Show more)
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Steven Huang
When we think about September, we think about fall foliage, apples, and pumpkin spice lattes. But, did you know that September is also the month that contains  the International Day of Peace?   The holiday was first started by the United Nations in 1981. For the past few years, the United Nations had dedicated this day to a peaceful cause in hopes… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
We just finished the second week of the fall semester and I’m already feeling anxious about the notes my students are not taking during class.    History classes are notorious for being heavy with note taking. My on-campus classes meet twice a week for 75 minutes each. I plan for students to be taking notes from my lecture for at least some part… (Show more)
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Steven Huang
August is for vacations, air conditioned rooms, and sipping cold drinks at the beach, but what some people may not know is that August was a pivotal month for civil rights activists. On August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. made his infamous “I Have a Dream” speech to thousands of activists in Washington D.C. The simple yet powerful words of… (Show more)
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Nikki Jones
Click to view contentOn behalf of the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Macmillan Learning, we invite you to celebrate Women’s Equality Day this Monday, August 26th!   After nationwide women’s rights marches in the 1970s, Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. The observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the certification of the 19th Amendment… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
Prep time for fall semester and I’m in that familiar August headspace where I’m questioning how I can make certain “must teach” topics more enjoyable for the students and for me! I’ve written here before about struggling with topics that are not of great interest to me (see, for example, my blog from one year ago “Teaching the American… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
My semester-long sabbatical ended abruptly with the start of summer session at my college so it’s the perfect time to reflect on five months of research. The goal of this project at the outset was to study the care of women categorized as mentally ill (today’s terminology) in the period 1870 to 1920 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. As with any… (Show more)
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