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What History Reveals About the Climate-Population Link

John Seager | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
John Seager

While history may be a boring topic to some, I've always been fascinated by its ability to dictate the present. What we know, how we function, and where we live have all been shaped by historic moments--from an advancement in science, to the invention of a tool, or a pattern in human migration.

Too Close for Comfort: The Social Significance of New York City's Public Pools

Sarah Thomas | Posted 07.30.2015 | New York
Sarah Thomas

While we outwardly embrace the ethos of crossing cultural, racial, and gendered lines, every New Yorker knows that bigotry dwells here with the same potency it does South Carolina. And, as the history of the New York City pools suggest, evolution has been both slow-going and hard-won.

Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

Newsweek | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
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The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday m...

How Did People in the Middle Ages Tell Time?

Quora | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Quora

Larger monasteries and the chapterhouses of cathedrals would have rung bells to summon the community to these prayers, and peasants and farmers living nearby would have had their day divided up by the ringing of these bells.

'100 Years Of German Beauty' Shows The History Of A Nation Divided

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Style

Cut Video's wildly popular "100 Years Of Beauty" series is often praised for its ability to capture a century's worth of trends in just...

100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

Union Soldiers Sing Hallelujah

David Rivera | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
David Rivera

On the day the Confederate Flag was removed from the South Carolina capitol building, I took an afternoon stroll through our local Union Cemetery. Whi...

Bringing Back the Dead -- In Memory of Eduardo Galeano

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Tom Engelhardt

History had a strange way of spilling its secrets to Eduardo Galeano, who died in April, and in his late-in-life masterpiece, Mirrors, a history of humanity in 366 episodes, he took us from our first myths to late last night.

God's Masterpiece or the Devil's Bad Joke?

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Eduardo Galeano

In the first stage of the Opium War, the British Empire took over the island of Hong Kong. The colorful governor, Sir John Bowring, declared: "Free trade is Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is free trade."

The Need to Know

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Barry Kibrick

Our conversation of this primal drive to know is divided into two parts. The first episode airing this week takes us from our primitive ancestors who lived in trees to Sir Isaac Newton. In Part II, which airs next week, we go from the wisdom of Newton to the most current knowledge we have about our universe.

Why the Oldest Qur'an Is so Important for Muslims

Nafees Syed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Nafees Syed

Professor Thomas has sharply noted why this is discovery is so monumental for Muslims. It appears to affirm what Muslims to believe is the greatest miracle of Islam--that it is unchanged from its point of revelation and to the end of time.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Disability Housing: Institutional Avoidance

Micaela Connery | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

You can't live in Connecticut and work on anything related to disability services and not know about Southbury Training School.

Five Essential Doctorow Reads (Plus Three Surprises)

The New York Public Library | Posted 07.22.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

As a lifelong New Yorker, Doctorow chronicled the city with the piercing eye of an observer tempered by the affection of a hometown boy.

Reading The Ambassador: The Moral Costs of Power

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

The book quiets notions of easy acts of bravery in the face of overwhelming evil. It disrupts the good versus evil storyline that we, as viewers and readers, have come to expect and yearn for.

History on the Line

Theresa Pierno | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
Theresa Pierno

Regardless of Dominion's eagerness to destroy Jamestown and the historical, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic significance attached to this important place, the Army Corps should require an EIS before making an ultimate decision regarding Dominion's ill-conceived proposal. Think about what's at stake.

Go Set a Watchman: A Review

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Jessica Denis

There are so many amazing quotes from this book regarding social inequality and justice, picking from them isn't exactly an easy task. One being, "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

The Lessons Learned (And Not) From Vietnam and Iraq Shape the Fight Over the Iran Deal

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What we must learn from his and Dubya's blunders is that the U.S. should never go to war unless we have absolutely no other choice, when any other course would put our country in real danger. As a country, we must learn to turn away from those who never learn that war must only be a last resort.

The Dark Ages Were Not as Dark as We Thought

Quora | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science
Quora

The term "Dark Ages" comes from the Latin saeculum obscurum, first used to describe the Medieval Period by Cesare Baronius in 1602. Like most intellectuals of his day, he regarded the Medieval Period -- roughly 500-1500 AD -- as a period of darkness and obscurity, largely due to the (in his day) relative lack of documentary sources from which a historian could work.

African American Nation Builders in Our National Park System

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Walking among 2,000-year old sequoias in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, I felt their powerful energy and gave thanks that these last remaining giants were protected by the Buffalo Soldiers from the effects of logging and ranching at the turn of the 20th century. What a loss their demise would have been!

The Genius Within Us All

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

Is the word "genius" overused or do we all possess a little genius within? The answer is both. We do use genius too often to describe attributes that do not meet the standard, while at the same time we all have a bit of it in ourselves.

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Genealogy in the End Times

Julie Gray | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Julie Gray

In these intense days of the early 21st century, humanity, it seems to me, appears to be writing its last chapter in double time. It seems that everything is escalating and intensifying almost daily.

Former Exchange Student to Brazil: Government Should not Sacrifice Education and Research in Austerity Push

Travis Knoll | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Travis Knoll

The Brazilian legislature has found the money to triple allocations toward their political campaigns. Surely these same caretakers of the Brazilian republic can find the money to keep Brazilian higher education on the path of scientific innovation, international competitiveness, and social advancement.