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SOURCE: WaPo (6-19-08)
That is not quite accurate, Kluge acknowledges, but she loves saying it because she wants to make a point.
Kluge is one of the most experienced AP history teachers and graders in the Washington area, but Educational Testing Service officials told her she had to stop reading exams, and pay her own way back to the airport, because she had only a Virginia driver's license to prove her identity. They insisted she show a second form of identification under a federal law meant to control immigration and protect homeland security.
"What does homeland security have to do with grading history tests?" asked Kluge, who flew back to the Washington area Friday after being turned away from the seven-day grading session in Fort Collins.
Blame for the incident is disputed by Kluge and ETS officials. But there is little doubt the events stemmed at least in part from a culture clash: federal security rules vs. a teacher who has spent the past 29 years at the most rule-averse public school in the region.
Then there was the problem of where to start. Sometimes it appeared in American discussions that history had begun on September 11, 2001, or possibly with the end of the Cold War. I sensed that to do the job properly I should go back to colonial times, but to make the project manageable I decided to open with the events of 1978-79. This was a momentous period, encompassing the Camp David summit and the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, the overthrow of the Shah in Iran and the seizure of diplomatic hostages, and the attempt to impose communism on Afghanistan culminating in the Soviet invasion.
This struck me as a critical transitional period, as the Nasserite, secular, pan-Arab movement (what I call the first radical wave) was rejected by Sadat and entered terminal decline, while Islamism (the second radical wave) began to make its mark. From these events, and their combined impact, can be traced the rise of Al Qaeda, the desperation of the Palestinians, the partnership and then confrontation with Saddam Hussein (who made himself Iraqi president in 1979) and almost continual tension with Iran. While I wanted to say something about the internal dynamics of the region, I felt it made sense to focus on American policy-making. In part, this was because this is my comfort zone and I would not want to pretend to be a Middle Eastern specialist, but also because one way or another, Middle Eastern issues have dominated American foreign policy over this period, particularly when it comes to the use of armed force.
I was well aware, especially as a non-American, of the political minefield I was entering. These are issues that excite strong feelings. The polarization of opinion is often reflected in books that are seen as being for or against Israel, sympathetic to the Iraq war or unremittingly hostile, cynical or forgiving about official motives. Single, simplistic explanations are offered, pointing to the influence of the “Israel Lobby” or Big Oil or neo-conservatives. With such dramatic material it would be impossible to find a bland and inoffensive middle course, but I have sought to respect the evidence, interpret it with care, avoid polemics and try to do justice to this fascinating though frequently tragic story.
SOURCE: Two powerhouse political historians battle it out in The New Republic (6-19-08)
From: Sean Wilentz
To: Rick Perlstein
Congratulations on your fat and sassy new book. Because you thoughtfully sent me a galley, I got to have an advance look--and have been going through it again with renewed pleasure. I'm particularly taken with how the book interweaves events: always with the problematic serial resenter Richard Nixon at the center, but with much more than Nixon moving in and out of the frame. The book helps brings coherence to a chaotic and splenetic time.
I suppose, though, since it's you and I talking here, that we should start off considering the book's major hook, or at least the one that present-minded editors and reviewers keep bringing up. (It's not enough to be a historian--we have to be relevant, too, right? A conceit from the '60s that hasn't died. But I digress.)
Are we still living in Nixonland? Or are the decades after Watergate better thought of as what I've called it, The Age of Reagan? And whether it's Nixon or Reagan, are we still entrapped by the politics that emerged out of the '60s, or are those politics dying?..
SOURCE: HNN Staff (6-19-08)
You don't have to agree with everything in this monumental account of politics in the 1960s and 1970s to find Rick Perlstein's"Nixonland" (Scribner, 896 pages, $37.50) interesting and even engrossing. The book is a masterful retelling of the turbulent period between the crushing defeat of Barry Goldwater by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and the equally stunning loss by George McGovern to Richard Nixon in 1972.
Then came this from the pen of Conrad Black, the disgraced businessman who moonlights as a historian:
Mr. Perlstein engages in the usual psychological liberties of Nixon-haters, denigrates his hard-scrabble, terribly earnest Quaker youth, endlessly engages in unsubstantiated mind-reading, and gives Nixon no credit for anything but a manic, corrupt, rat cunning.Mr. Black, writing from his prison cell, was an investor in the Sun.
SOURCE: Michael Oren in an op ed in the WSJ (6-19-08)
If quiet is maintained, then Israel will be required to accept a cease-fire in the West Bank as well. The blockade will be incrementally lifted while Cpl. Shalit remains in captivity. Hamas can regroup and rearm.
The Olmert government will have to go vast lengths to portray this arrangement as anything other than a strategic and moral defeat. Hamas initiated a vicious war against Israel, destroyed and disrupted myriad Israeli lives, and has been rewarded with economic salvation and international prestige.
Tellingly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who once declared Hamas illegal, will soon travel to Gaza for reconciliation talks. Mr. Abbas's move signifies the degree to which Hamas, with Israel's help, now dominates Palestinian politics. It testifies, moreover, to another Iranian triumph.
As the primary sponsor of Hamas, Iran is the cease-fire's ultimate beneficiary. Having already surrounded Israel on three of its borders -- Gaza, Lebanon, Syria -- Iran is poised to penetrate the West Bank. By activating these fronts, Tehran can divert attention from its nuclear program and block any diplomatic effort.
The advocates of peace between Israelis and Palestinians should recognize that fact when applauding quiet at any price. The cost of this truce may well be war.
SOURCE: http://www.af.mil/news (6-17-08)
Two Excellence in Wing History Program Awards recognize historians who have provided superior historical services to their units and have submitted an outstanding periodic history during the past calendar year.
The winner of the Allan S. Major Award is Todd Schroeder. He is from the 47th Fighter Wing History Office at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
The Allan S. Major Award recognizes a historian assigned to a single-person history office at the wing or independent group level. Airman 1st Class Allan S. Major was the first enlisted historian killed in the line of duty. He perished in a KC-135 crash at Wake Island on Sept. 24, 1968, while returning to Pease AFB, N. H., from deployed duty at Andersen AFB, Guam.
The John R. Burton Award winners are Dr. John R. Glover and Jeffery S. Michalke. They are with the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
The John R. Burton Award recognizes historians assigned to a wing multi-person history office. Chief Master Sgt. John R. Burton was the first senior enlisted historian for Air Force Systems Command. The Air Force historian later selected him as the first assistant for enlisted program management, responsible for managing enlisted Air Force historians worldwide. Chief Burton held this position from early 1983 through the fall of 1987.
He played a key role in integrating unit historians into Air Force contingency plans. When Operation Desert Shield commenced, Chief Burton was the immediate choice to establish and manage the Central Air Forces history office in Saudi Arabia. He was the only enlisted person to serve as a major command historian. Under his leadership, deployed historians quickly set the standard for collecting and reporting wartime historical data during Operation Desert Storm. This data provided the foundation for post-war studies and reports compiled at all command echelons.
The Robert F. Futrell Award recognizes those who have produced an outstanding publication during the past calendar year.
The winners of the Futrell Award are: Dr. William Head, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center History Office, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., for Shadow and Stinger: Developing the AC-119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War; Ellery W. Allwork and Kathryn Wilcoxsen, Air Mobility Command History Office, Scott AFB, Ill., for Operation Deep Freeze: 50 Years of U.S. Air Force Airlift in Antarctica; and Michael Dugre, Air Combat Command History Office, Langley AFB, Va., and Yancy Mailes and Master Sgt. Clifford M. Sibley, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, for The first and Last: America's 911 Wing at War.
Following a brief stint as an Army Air Forces history officer during World War II, Dr. Robert F. Futrell served as an Air Force civilian historian, retiring in 1974 as senior historian at the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center at Maxwell AFB, Ala., after a 31-year career.
The Air Force Heritage Award winners are: David Byrd, Fort Meade, Md., for Cold War Heritage Display; The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, for Down in the Weeds: Ranch Hand; and The Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Ala., for Convoy Truck Display.
"It is with great honor that we recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence these individuals have shown through their outstanding work," said C.R. Anderegg, the Air Force History and Museums Programs and Policies director at the Pentagon. "I extend my heart-felt thanks to all the historians and curators for their hard work and my warmest congratulations to the award winners."
SOURCE: IHT (6-18-08)
The social sciences award is one of eight that the Prince of Asturias Foundation hands out each year. Others include letters, communication, sports and scientific research.
SOURCE: Allen Weinstein, archivist of the US, at SMU (NYT) (6-15-08)
One of the pivotal connective links from earliest repressive efforts to the present time is the pushback each received from opponents at the time: a phenomenon that the late scholar and United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called the “self-corrective” forces at work within American society.
These forces make difficult any and all efforts to create a thoroughly repressive climate of opinion, even during wars and pre- or post-war red scares. You will not find similar self-corrective societies in great numbers in our time. There are precious few and none as obsessively self-corrective as ours.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (6-17-08)
Only the fancy dress was missing from Sunday night’s history-themed party inside 10 Downing Street, thrown as a final send-off for George Bush before he leaves Europe for the final time as President.
While Gordon Brown has devoted his life to only one party, his wife, Sarah, was on hand to prove herself quite the formidable hostess, rolling out Britain’s historical establishment to meet Mr Bush. She had, aides said, spent weeks overseeing every detail down to the table plan.
And for once the political differences inside Downing Street were there to be celebrated.
In one corner was Simon Schama, who labelled Mr Bush as an “absolute f***ing catastrophe” in 2006. In another was Andrew Roberts, who is close to Mr Bush and his inner circle and was displaying a pair of presidential cufflinks he was given the last time they met.
He told The Times that it was “a completely wonderful and fabulous occasion — I sat next to the President. We talked about the interaction between history, politics, and personalities. That is about as far as I can go because it was a private dinner.”
Alistair Horne, another of the guests, had also met Mr Bush before and has discussed with him in the White House the parallels between Iraq and the “savage war of peace” in Algeria half a century ago.
He said: “You think about prime ministers and presidents being surrounded by cabinet officials, aides and so forth but at the end of the day, they are alone. They’re lonely.”
Downing Street aides said that Mr Bush changed seats several times over the evening, as Mr Brown strove to introduce his guest to as many people as possible.
The evening allowed both President and Prime Minister to wallow in their favourite subject of British history, with many of the guests, including Alistair Horne, David Cannadine and Valmai Holt, experts in military history and the rise and fall of Empire.
Of particular interest to Mr Bush would have been Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. Mr Bush is fascinated by Churchill and once declared that he was an “admirer of his career, admirer of his strength, admirer of his character — so much so that I keep a stern-looking bust of Sir Winston in the Oval Office. He watches my every move.”...
SOURCE: http://news.enquirer.com (Cincinnati) (6-17-08)
She was 79.
"She was one of the most intelligent people I've ever known," her husband, Lowell, said. "She loved to teach."
Dr. Leake started out as an instructor of historic literature at UC's College of Design, Art and Architecture in 1959, her husband said. "She taught there for about three years. It was one of her favorite teaching assignments. The students were very, very bright."
From there, she became an associate professor of history at Raymond Walters and eventually became a full professor.
In 1967, her work, "The Geats of Beowulf: A Study in the Geographical Mythology of the Middle Ages," was published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
She wasn't just a fine scholar and teacher, her husband said. "She was a vivacious person - full of fun and enjoyed life," he said. She was also active in community affairs and loved living in Greater Cincinnati.
Through her membership with the UC chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Dr. Leake worked for equal opportunity for women in academia.
SOURCE: http://www.israelnationalnews.com (6-16-08)
The bottom line, Dr. Lissak told Israel National News, is that the Arabs have not been here for thousands of years, as they claim, and that in fact most of the formerly Jewish towns of the Galilee were populated by Arabs only within the last 300 years or so.
"The goal of all the rulers of the Holy Land, from the times of the Romans and onward, was always to rid the Land of the Jews," she said. "Finally, they succeeded. Many Jews simply left the Land rather than convert to Islam."
The series began last month with a short treatise on the town of Tzipori, famous from the times of the Mishna. The article noted that the Supreme Israeli-Arab Tracking Committee was preparing a "march of return" from Nazareth to Tzipori, to mark Catastrophe Day [Israel's Independence Day]. "We should remind the marchers," wrote Dr. Lissak, "that Tzipori was a Jewish city for 2,000 years, while the [adjacent] Arab village Safuriya was founded only in 1561."
Dr. Lissak was born in "the Land," she told Arutz-7, received a doctorate in history, and lectured in Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. She has also specialized in American history.
SOURCE: http://www.startribune.com (6-14-08)
'Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago."
Simple enough, right? But not for Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui.
Instead, he regales visitors to his home in this gritty port city on Lima's edge with his Quechua version of the opening words of "Don Quixote": "Huh k'iti, la Mancha llahta suyupin, mana yuyarina markapin, yaqa kay watakuna kama, huh axllasqa wiraqucha."
Tupac Yupanqui, theologian, professor, adviser to presidents and, now, at the sunset of his long life, a groundbreaking translator of Cervantes, greets the perplexed reactions to these words with a wide smile.
"When people communicate in Quechua, they glow," said Tupac Yupanqui, who at 85 still appears before his pupils each day in a tailored dark suit. "It is a language that persists five centuries after the conquistadors arrived. We cannot let it die."
Once the lingua franca of the Inca empire, Quechua has long been in decline. But thanks to Tupac Yupanqui and others, Quechua, which remains the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas, is winning some new respect.
SOURCE: Graham Earnshaw at China Beat (Blog) (6-15-08)
The first lecture was about the role of Confucius and Confucian thought in Chinese history, and in the q&a section, Spence was coaxed to explore the significance for modern-day China (he was optimistic that continued questioning of authority and pressure for pluralism could be expected regardless of the resurgence of confucianism). The second lecture turned outwards, and featured a gallop through the history of West-China contacts from 1620 to the twentieth century -- trade, violence, misunderstandings, cultural awareness, diplomacy, war, opium, unfair treaties, migration, racial tensions in Chinatowns, Chinese boycotts of foreign goods and the almost hidden and forgotten role of Chinese migrants in fighting the world wars, and building cities like Liverpool, where the lecture took place.
All good stuff, and a useful summary. But it was again in the q&a section that Spence addressed how the historical relationships impact on today. In response to a question about the legacy of the Opium War of 1839-42, he made a point that I really wish the Propaganda Department would seriously consider:
"You might think it would be a forgotten memory by now, but the Opium War has been used in countless publications to define the beginning of modern Chinese history, and I find it very self-defeating to choose to study your own modern history based upon a period of humiliation and failure (instead of providing) more of a sense of the reality about what the Chinese were achieving during the nineteenth century."
"The issue is now no longer a real one in any important sense," he added in response to a follow-up question."To harp on it now is not something the Chinese have to do. It is something they can do if they wish to keep an old pain alive."
Bravo. My own response, when the opium wars come up in conversation, is to smile and bow my head in mock shame and express fullsome apologies on behalf of my ancestors. Keeping the topic alive (China's own textbook problem) simply encourages the Chinese sense of being bullied, which does not help them as they struggle to find a new way of relating to the outside world in the twenty-first century.
Another question, from a Chinese attendee, basically asked Spence whether he agreed that the Western media had handled recent events -- Tibet and the torch -- unfairly. His response was polite and guarded:"There was not much sympathy expressed for the Chinese government in this predicament and (the media) was sharp in its bias in many cases, so in that sense you have a point."
But he expanded on this in response to a follow-up, also from a Chinese student taking in essence the same line: they are bullying us.
"What can be seen here is that Western feelings about China are very emotional and very volatile and they change with great speed."
By which he meant the reaction to the earthquake.
"The build-up of sympathy did not need to be created on any political grounds at all," he said."It was natural. And this agonizing situation I think forced people to realize that there is more going on in this country than just some kind of political repression."
And that, I think, is the third take-away from the lecture series so far: that while a robust approach to China's human rights situation is reasonable (lecture 1), the West's view of China is often much too simplistic (lecture 2).
Lecture 3 is coming up next week.
SOURCE: CNN (6-12-08)
CNN: What do you mean exactly when you talk about the city and its buildings as a metaphor for society?
Joseph Rykwert: One of the obvious things is that when a new big building goes up people immediately find nicknames for it -- the "gherkin" [30 St Mary Axe] and the "testicle" [City Hall, London]. And I'm told the big new building in Beijing [CCTV Tower] by Rem Koolhaas is known as a "crotch". So they are usually given nicknames of sexual connotations. And they're usually not favorable nicknames because people don't like anything new. One of the general considerations about new buildings is that people tend to say that anything new is a monstrosity. And then after a while they either accept them or they go on thinking that they are monstrosities. Reactions vary. This depends to some extent on the quality of the building.
But otherwise, there is that famous passage of Henry James looking at the skyline of New York saying; whatever it means, it means business. So that's certainly what the New York skyline is about -- the enormous energy of American business rising in the way that Chicago did and New York did.
But all that is now over and we no longer think of it in those terms at all. Skyscrapers no longer have that kind of power. Partly because there are so many of them and partly because we no longer believe wholeheartedly in the enormous energy of capital and business as a redeeming feature of our lives. I think we've grown a bit cynical about it, haven't we?
CNN: What is your assessment of the increasing prevalence of barriers and CCTV in public buildings and spaces today?
JR: I think it is a tragic development. I think it cuts a swathe out of public space. In a way, I think the American Embassy in London led the way but other institutions have followed. It has blocked off a bit of London.
Whether embassies are entitled to do that or not, I don't know. But it certainly presents itself as a fort or a castle. That's the metaphor that occurs to one going past it.
In a way, it suggests foreign domination in a way that embassies never did before. There are other embassies on the square and they are very modest by comparison.
The growth of security areas is something which is a reflection on our society. We are a frightened lot in a way that the people of the 1920's and 1930's were not.
This is not a British phenomenon, it is worldwide. You find gated communities in India and China perhaps even more than you do in England. Partly, of course, it's a feature of the unadvertised growing inequality in our society. But obviously it is a symptom of fear. It's also paralleled by the growth of the great commercial shopping centers which also cut up public space.
Behavior has to be conformable, conforming to. Everybody has seen The Truman Papers. I think that kind of conformity is something that is imposed by turning the citizen into a customer....
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune (6-14-08)
Thirty-four years after beginning his graduate studies in history, Mark Horowitz finally received his doctorate Friday, his thinning gray hair tucked under a black velvet graduation beret.
His family, especially his wife, Barbi, who endured more than three decades of listening to arcane facts about King Henry VII of England, had long ago stopped rolling their eyes when Horowitz talked about completing his degree.
So Horowitz, 58, lured them to the Hyde Park campus Friday using the ruse that he was delivering a speech to history scholars.
As they walked to the campus quad, Horowitz diverted his wife's eyes from students in graduation garb by pointing out the campus' gothic architecture. One by one, others arrived: his two children, four childhood friends, his parents, and his brother and sister-in-law.
Horowitz gathered them together and spilled the secret. "Barbi, I want to tell you one thing in front of everyone," he said. He reached into a bag and pulled out his cap and gown.
Barbi began crying and—her legs shaking—grabbed onto her husband's shoulders. "Oh my God. You really did this," she whispered in his ear. He nodded yes.
"You did it in record time—four decades," said his daughter Whitney, 27, giving her father a thumbs-up.
During that time, Horowitz raised a family and built a business in marketing and consulting, but he never abandoned his research on Henry VII, the English monarch who established the Tudor dynasty. He lugged history books on business trips, transferred dozens of boxes of documents every time he moved to a new home, and published several journal articles on English history....
SOURCE: Paul Kuhn at the website of Politico.com (6-15-08)
Historians belonging to both parties offered a litany of historical comparisons that give little hope to the Republican. Several saw Barack Obama’s prospects as the most promising for a Democrat since Roosevelt trounced Hoover in 1932.
“This should be an overwhelming Democratic victory,” said Allan Lichtman, an American University presidential historian who ran in a Maryland Democratic senatorial primary in 2006. Lichtman, whose forecasting model has correctly predicted the last six presidential popular vote winners, predicts that this year, “Republicans face what have always been insurmountable historical odds.” His system gives McCain a score on par with Jimmy Carter’s in 1980.
“McCain shouldn’t win it,” said presidential historian Joan Hoff, a professor at Montana State University and former president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency. She compared McCain’s prospects to those of Hubert Humphrey, whose 1968 loss to Richard Nixon resulted in large part from the unpopularity of sitting Democratic president Lyndon Johnson.
“It is one of the worst political environments for the party in power since World War II,” added Alan Abramowitz, a professor of public opinion and the presidency at Emory University. His forecasting model — which factors in gross domestic product, whether a party has completed two terms in the White House and net presidential approval rating — gives McCain about the same odds as Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and Carter in 1980 — both of whom were handily defeated in elections that returned the presidency to the previously out-of-power party. “It would be a pretty stunning upset if McCain won,” Abramowitz said....
SOURCE: http://chronicle.uchicago.edu (6-13-08)
Gutiérrez, the Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, will begin a three-year term Tuesday, July 1, succeeding Waldo Johnson, Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration.
Gutiérrez, one of the nation’s leading Latino scholars, has received numerous academic awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship (“genius” grant), the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association and the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.
He is a specialist in Mexican-American history, Indian-White relations in the Americas, social and economic history of the Southwest, colonial Latin America and Mexican immigration. In addition to two monographs and numerous articles, he has edited, co-edited or co-authored 10 books.
His most recent project involves co-editing a forthcoming volume titled Mexicans in California: Emergent Challenges and Transformations. Gutiérrez serves on the editorial boards of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, American National Biography, Ethnic Studies and Ethnoscapes.
Gutiérrez previously was a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. He received his B.A. in Latin American history from the University of New Mexico, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
An experienced leader and administrator as well as a teacher and scholar, Gutiérrez has served as Associate Chancellor in the University of California system, held a series of federal and presidential appointments, served on national governing and editorial boards, and directed numerous academic committees and research projects.
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture operates an interdisciplinary program of scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity, with a particular focus on how these ideas intersect other primary identities, as well as how they impact and shape people’s daily lives.
Faculty and students affiliated with the center pursue scholarly and creative projects that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries and also include work on community activism.
SOURCE: The Nation (6-13-08)
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (6-13-08)
In mid-March, Robert D. Newman, dean of the College of Humanities, removed two professors from joint appointments to the Middle East Center. The professors, Peter J. Sluglett, a historian and an expert on Iraq, and Harris Lenowitz, a scholar of Hebrew in the languages and literature department, are both veterans in their fields.
In a letter to Mr. Lenowitz, who has served in the center for 35 years, the dean wrote: "It has come to my attention that you have contributed consistently toward creating an atmosphere in the Middle East Center that lacks collegiality and can no longer be tolerated."
Both Mr. Sluglett and Mr. Lenowitz were reassigned full time to their home departments. But the decision quickly triggered the resignations of Ibrahim A. Karawan, a professor of political science and director of the center since 2000, and Peter von Sivers, an associate professor of history, who served as the center's associate director. As the university searches for a new director, the center will be run by interim managers: an associate dean and two co-chairs of the department of languages and literature—who specialize in German, Russian, and Spanish....
SOURCE: News Story by Damion Pechota, HNN intern (6-13-08)
Besides his now infamous role at Hollinger International Inc., Black is also the author of biographies on Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. With prison on his itinerary, the fate of Black’s writing was in question.
According to The Canadian Press, the Florida low-security prison, where Black currently resides, does not have access to computers. To continue his writing while in prison, Black will be forced to take up the old fashion style of pen and paper, though it might not be a stretch for him as he reportedly wrote his memoir in such a way.
Black began his term at on March 3, 2008 and has since published four articles in The New York Sun on topics about Iraq, Europe, and France. In an article that appeared on June 9, 2008 in The New York Sun, Black explored the 40th anniversary of a student uprising in France that led to an important Charles de Gaulle address.
"The year 1968 was a tempestuous time of upheavals, invasion (Czechoslovakia), and assassinations (Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy). The collapse of constitutional government in France would have been a disaster for the West. It is not the mindless posturings of the misplaced youth of the superannuated left that should be celebrated now, but the salvation of France as a functioning democracy and the phoenix-like survival of the figure who was then the West's greatest statesman."
The Sun, founded in 2002 with support from investors like Black, has remained in alliances with its investor and friend, allowing him to write articles on a variety of topics.
SOURCE: History Today (6-12-08)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (6-12-08)
Richard Greenfield had an unparalleled grasp of the history and politics of the countries of the Horn of Africa, and will perhaps be best remembered for his 1965 book Ethiopia: a new political history.
From 1999 until 2007 he was Professor of History at the University of Asmara in Eritrea, supervising with painstaking thoroughness many history, law and political science students' research theses. When he joined the university, he also became senior consultant for the Eritrean Research and Documentation Centre in the city, and there deposited his comprehensive personal library and extraordinarily rich archives, now known as the Greenfield Collection. Among his treasures were first editions of James Bruce's Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile (1790) and James Theodore Bent's The Sacred City of the Ethiopians: being a record of travel and research in Abyssinia in 1893. He proved an inspiration to the young archivists and worked closely with the director of the documentation centre, Dr Azeb Tewolde.
Greenfield had first visited Eritrea in 1958 shortly after he had joined the staff of the University of Addis Ababa. A supposedly autonomous state, Eritrea was already on the way to an illegal annexation by Ethiopia. Later Greenfield was appointed dean of students and was in Addis during the attempted coup against Emperor Haile Selassie in 1960. He sheltered a number of student activists from the military when the coup was repressed and thus saved their lives. He stayed in Ethiopia until 1962 although subject to periods of harassment and house arrest.
SOURCE: http://www.newswise.com (6-12-08)
As a leading expert on residential school abuse, Miller’s CRC renewal comes as no surprise. His research is receiving national media attention as he has become a valuable source for thoughtful commentary on today’s federal apology to residential school victims at the House of Commons.
Miller hopes that forums such as the federal apology to residential school survivors and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will provide victims with emotional relief and help them move forward in healing the damage done.
Already a CRC in Native-newcomer relations, Miller and his graduate student team have seven more years of funding to analyze public apologies to residential school victims, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and recent court settlements. By delving into these documents and historical records, Miller hopes the books he writes will contribute to policymaking and public understanding surrounding residential schools’ legacy.
“I started research in the field of Native-newcomer relations because I was perplexed by what I saw around me,” says Miller. “Like most Canadians who think about the matter today, I wondered why things were so messed up, why were relations so bad between us, and why do Aboriginal communities very often have such serious socio-economic and health problems? How did it get like this?”
Miller’s reputation for balanced Native-newcomer research stretches back 25 years. He has authored seven books, including Shingwauk’s Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools, co-winner of the 1996 Saskatchewan Book Award and named an “Outstanding Book” by the Gustavus Myer Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
This CRC renewal was included in a $113-million national funding announcement of 127 new appointments and renewals made yesterday by federal Minister of the Environment John Baird on behalf of Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Research Chairs Program.
The U of S has 24 Chairs under the CRC program, designed to attract the best talent from Canada and around the world. For more profiles of U of S Canada Research chair holders, visit http://www.usask.ca/crc/ or the national CRC website at http://www.chairs.gc.ca.
To view a video of Jim Miller describing his CRC research on residential schools, visit http://www.usask.ca/research/100yrsinnovation/videos.php.
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SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed (6-12-08)
A threatened boycott failed to have any effect, and the talk passed off with nothing more dramatic than some lively debate and repeated declarations from the pair that they are neither anti-Semitic nor Israel-haters.
Their presentation, “Is the ‘Israel lobby’ good for Israel?,” attracted 200 people. Mr. Walt told The Chronicle that they were visiting Israel at the invitation of the veteran left-wing campaigner Uri Avnery and decided to add a university appearance to their schedule.
Mr. Walt is a professor of international relations at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Mr. Mearsheimer is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago.
Their work has been criticized as anti-Jewish and intellectually dishonest, charges that led some to call for the lecture to be canceled.
SOURCE: Adam Sisman in the Telegraph (6-6-08)
He was brought up in Northumberland, only 20 miles or so from the border. As a boy he had been cared for by a Scots nanny, before attending a preparatory school in Dunbar.
After an interval, he married a Scots wife, and together they bought a home near Melrose, where he lived during the university vacations for almost 30 years. He devoted a portion of his working life to studying and writing about Scottish history. In the mid-1970s he was active in the campaign against Scottish 'devolution'; his motive was not dislike of the Scots, but rather his belief in the benefits of the Union, to England and Scotland alike.
It may have been this cause, now lost, which focused his mind on Scottish history.
Trevor-Roper was repelled by Scottish nationalism's appeal to atavistic tribal loyalties. He knew that historical myth, however innocently concocted, could have unforeseen, even pernicious, consequence; the romantic fantasies of Goethe and Wagner had fired the imagination of the Nazis.
Trevor-Roper believed that 'the whole history of Scotland has been coloured by myth', and he took it upon himself to address some of these myths in this book, largely written in the 1970s, but set aside while still in draft. His former pupil, Jeremy Cater, has skilfully edited the text and has added a useful foreword....
SOURCE: ProgressiveHistorians (blog) (6-11-08)
The questions above merit further discussion -- and I propose to facilitate it in the form of a summer symposium here at ProgressiveHistorians. We'll be following the same model we did last time, and that Cliopatria, from whom we shamelessly stole the idea, has done many times in the past. The rules are as follows: write a response to the bolded prompts above. If you're a contributor at ProgressiveHistorians, post your contribution here [edit: as a stand-alone post, not as a comment in this thread] and I'll link to it in the official symposium post. If not, post your response at your own blog and let me know by e-mail that you've done so; I'll include a link and an excerpt in the official post as well.