Asian History Carnival #4 is up at Katrina Gulliver's Miscellany!
You can vote in the Discovery Channel's contest to identify the Seven Existing Wonders of the World. Choose from among these 21 finalists: the Acropolis in Athens; the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; Angkor, Cambodia; Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico; Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro; the Colosseum in Rome; Easter Island Statues, Chile; Eiffel Tower, Paris; Great Wall, China; Hagia Sofia, Istanbul; Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan; Kremlin/St. Basil, Moscow; Machu Picchu, Peru; Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen, Germany; Petra, Jordan; Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; the Statue of Liberty, New York; Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom; Sydney Opera House, Australia; the Taj Mahal, Agra, India; and Timbuktu, Mali. Thanks to Ahistoricality, who renders the list as a meme, for the tip.
John Holbo,"History Questions," Crooked Timber, 3 May, wonders about Robert Nisbet's claim in Conservatism: Dream and Reality that the conservative movement in America had its intellectual roots in the burgeoning interest in Burke and Tocqueville after World War II. The discussion wonders holbonically into other matters.
On a day when she was – like"all Patrick Kennedy all the time" – Michelle Malkin joins our colleagues Tim Burke and Sharon Howard, and such other illuminati as Ophelia Benson, Chris Bertram, Brad DeLong, Daniel Drezner, Kevin Drum, Mark Kleiman, Adam Kotsko, Andrew Sullivan, and Eugene Volokh in the charmed circle at Norm Geras' Normblog Profiles. Eee-yew! [Ed: Remember that Saddam Hussein also made the cut.]
Steven J. Rolfes,"The Dogs Playing Poker Code," Wittenburg Door, May/June 2006, parodies The Da Vinci Code and reminds me again that my fellow American evangelicals are most tolerable when leading with a sense of humor. Thanks to Brandon Watson at Siris for the tip.
Alan Allport - 5/6/2006
I love the claim that the exhibit had to be removed because students found it "confusing" - the job of a university, presumably, being to carefully protect its charges from any challenges to their preexisting assumptions.
Robert KC Johnson - 5/6/2006
The Brandeis position continues to be inexplicable--even if it were an official policy, I don't quite understand how a university can ensure "intellectually balanced" student art exhibits. There's no way to know what particular art interests are going to be chosen by art students in any given year.
The administration should simply admit it was wrong and reopen the exhibit.
Jonathan Dresner - 5/6/2006
...is pretty unsurprising in her answers, except perhaps in the narrowness of her vision. Anyone who thinks that the most problematic member of the current administration is the Transportation Secretary....