Things Noted Then and Now
Flow Chart: When it is safe, theologically speaking, to have sex in the Middle Ages. Source: James A. Brundage, Law, Sex, and Christian Society in the Middle Ages (1987). Hat tip.
C. David Benson,"In Chaucer's Shadow," Weekly Standard, 20 August, reviews John M. Bowers' Chaucer and Langland: The Antagonistic Tradition.
Scott Jaschik,"Terminating the Terminal Year," IHE, 27 August, and Jennifer Howard,"DePaul U. Cancels Courses of Professor Who Lost Tenure Bid, But He Plans to Teach Them Anyway," CHE, 27 August, report that DePaul University has cancelled Norman Finkelstein's classes and will deny him office space in his terminal year. How's that for modeling"Vincentian norms"? Finkelstein vows that he will teach, use his office, engage in non-violent civil disobedience and go to jail, if necessary, even engage in a protracted hunger strike. I can't criticize him for that!
At Durham-in-Wonderland, our colleague, KC Johnson, has profiled some of the 88 Duke faculty members, who signed an early public statement that seemed to rush to judgment about the guilt of the members of the University's lacrosse team. The historians profiled include: William Chafe, Sally Deutsch, Joycelyn Olcott, Pete Sigal, and Irene Silverblatt. Fortunately, their professional reputations will not ultimately rest on what they said or did during the Duke lacrosse case. Some of their colleagues in the Group of 88 have done little other professional work to rescue their reputations.
- New Hampshire professors at odds with library over discarded books
- Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
- Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle
- LBJ was the ‘most-threatened president in American history’
- New exhibit at the World War I Museum ... Over by Christmas: August-December 1914
- Ken Burns on Colbert to promote his new documentary, "The Address"
- UC Santa Barbara History Department featuring a series on the Great Society at 50
- Historians are trying to recover censored texts from World War I poets
- Diane Ravitch blasts the NYT for failing to understand the controversy over Common Core
- Mormon history professors debate atheists in bid to foster greater understanding