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Finding John the Baptist (And Jesus too)

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

In the second episode of Finding Jesus, the focus is on John the Baptist. That being the case, this episode might be termed: Finding John the Baptist (okay, and Jesus too). And, within the quest for Jesus, learning all one can about John the Baptist is a fine place to begin.

Hidden Histories: Books in College That Changed Me

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Thomas A. Foster

Too many of my books from college classes eventually got returned, traded, or sold as I moved around -- but their worlds stayed with me. They had changed me, not only in the ways that they boldly portrayed histories previously unknown to me, but also by inspiring me to explore.

What Happened to America's First Muslims?

Peter Manseau | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Peter Manseau

Muslims were indeed here from the beginning, but the beliefs and practices they brought with them only rarely endured. Their experiences serve as a reminder that every faith woven into the fabric of our country has been made up of strands both light and dark.

#Selma50: Voter Education, Suppression and Obligation

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Now is the time for us to speak out, join together and reclaim the promise of America. That starts by educating our students about the impact of the civil rights movement, acting collectively to achieve a renewal of the Voting Rights Act and redoubling our efforts to ensure all children grow up in safe communities with high-quality neighborhood public schools.

International Travel: It's the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo -- Time For You To Pay a Visit

Edward Schneider | Posted 05.07.2015 | Travel
Edward Schneider

Many Americans travel to historic battlefields, most typically sites in which we have a direct emotional stake: places where U.S. soldiers fought at home or abroad and where a piece of our history was made.

We Can Be Good. We've Done it Before.

Martin Schoenhals | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science
Martin Schoenhals

"Are humans innately selfish, greedy and war-like?" This is the question I love to ask my students at the start of the semester. They always answer the same way, with a resounding "yes."

Rumi's Call: Sacred Adventure to Awaken Your Soul

Laurie Seymour | Posted 05.04.2015 | Travel
Laurie Seymour

I could hardly believe we were finally making this long-planned trip to Turkey. Much in the news today, Turkey sits at the intersection of Europe and Asia and borders the Middle East. It is unique in that it has been home for centuries to all three of the great "revealed" religions.

A Boxer in Central Havana

David LaFevor | Posted 05.01.2015 | Travel
David LaFevor

I first met Enrique Hitchman in a bar with no name on Neptuno Street in the neighborhood known as Central Havana. I had been living in Cuba, off and on, for several years to research the histories of race, national identity, and boxing for my dissertation.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

Is the New AP Test Really Too Liberal?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Why all the conservative fuss? While we admit that it's been a long time since we've taken any tests other than a breathalyzer, we took one of the "sample" AP tests online to see for ourselves. Liberal bias? Really?

February Is Historical Accuracy Month

Robert Raben | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Robert Raben

Soon February will do double duty as Black History and Historical Accuracy Month. The snow brings with it flurries of concern about Brian Williams, American Sniper, and whether Selma got it right or wrong about President Lyndon Johnson.

Kanye West Doesn't Have All the Answers and Never Will

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

When I think about black power and academia, I don't go to celebrities for that. I look to the many black inventors and scholars who have paved the way for me to have graduated from college and succeed in my personal career.

The Lessons of History About Wealth and the 80/20 View of Social Engineering

Richard Koch | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

If we want to improve the fairness, cohesion, and overall wealth of our society, we have to make it much easier for those near the bottom to become successful entrepreneurs.

Harshing Brian Williams

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.21.2015 | Media
Steven Kurlander

I don't know about you, but I'm really feeling sorry for NBC's Brian Williams. If you are a serious news addict, and consequently crave history, you should know that Brian Williams and his ilk are, in the traditional sense, actors rather than scribes.

The Book of Negroes: An American Story/History Still Matters!

Françoise N. Hamlin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Françoise N. Hamlin

For those of us who research, write, and teach about the past for a living -- and for many others paying close attention -- the lack of attention given to The Book of Negroes tells a story as rich and troubling as the film itself.

Stage Door: Kill Me Like You Mean It, Churchill

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Sendups are always tricky -- but the film noir parody Kill Me Like You Mean It, now off-Broadway at the Fourth Street Theatre, riffs on the genre with existential glee.

Advancing the 'Weird Brown Girl Movement'

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

An African City is creator Nicole Amarteifio's web series chronicling the lives of five young Ghanaian women. In the comments on YouTube, someone asks, "Why are they acting like white girls?" Filmmaker, and one of the stars of An African City, Nana Mensah has never known how to answer that question.

Rewriting the History of the Black Panthers on Film

ARTINFO | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
ARTINFO

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" sets out to move against the dominant narrative of the activist group as outrageous provocateurs, presenting, through vigorous archival research and extensive interviews with members and commentators, a different and more considerate way of thinking about the legacy of the Black Panthers.

Liberty, Technology, Gastronomy! Why Meal Sharing Is Turning the Tables

India Mandelkern | Posted 02.18.2015 | Taste
India Mandelkern

Why travel across town to an anonymous hole in the wall or wait a month for a reservation?

Food for Thought

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

According to an old saying, you are what you eat. Since I am full of baloney, I eat what I am. Unfortunately, I don't know what to eat these days -- especially bologna, which means I am out to lunch -- because I am on three different diets.

The Weirdest Museums in the World

Findery | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Findery

What qualifies a museum as weird? Take a pinch of strange, mix it with morbid, and add a dash of mystery. All of these museums are one-of-a-kind and speak to the curious and will leave you smiling, shuddering or bewildered. Or, all of the above.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Historical Accuracy as Prison?

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Bilge Ebiri opens his article, "Oscar Films and the Prison of Historical Accuracy," saying, "You know it's Oscar season when the historical-accuracy hit squads show up." The genealogist in me bristles.

'The Birth of a Nation': A Century Later

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

The first major box office hit charged a staggering $2 admission and reached 50 million people before sound films appeared in 1927. Its millions in profits built Hollywood. Beyond profits, it aimed to educate the public in the values of white supremacy.

Celebrate Black History Month with a road trip across the Selma to Montgomery National Trail

Roadtrippers | Posted 04.15.2015 | Travel
Roadtrippers

The Academy-award nominated movie, Selma, tries to capture the intensity of the 1960s as brave men and women sought to further the Civil Rights Movement, but even a well-produced movie can't do some things justice...