Cinema Paradiso: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Will Be The Home of Movies, Past and Present
by Andrew Fletcher
When it opens in 2020, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be an interesting landmark for historians and movie buffs alike.
As The Trump Administration Demonstrates, We Have Undervalued Virtues And Values
by Walter G. Moss
What is so bad about Trump is that he has no values other than inflating and aggrandizing his own ego. Democrats shoudl place values at “the heart” of their politics.
“We Feel Very Betrayed”: Community Protests Replacement for J. Marion Sims Monument
New York City published an open call to replace a contested monument for Sims, who conducted brutal experimental surgeries on enslaved Black women without using anesthesia.
September 23, 2019
The Epic Story Of 52nd Street: An Icon Underfoot At The 2020 AHA Annual Meeting
by Valerie Paley
In 2020, the American Historical Association returns to New York City for its annual meeting, for the first time in five years.
September 20, 2019
Tights Are Now a Fall Fashion Staple—But They Were Once a Revolutionary Style Statement
by Marlen Komar
Tights Season was once revolutionary.
Alexa: What Can Apollo 11 Teach Us About Our Relationship with Technology?
by Tracy Dahlby
The fact that we pulled off Apollo 11 at all is a testament to American ingenuity and pluck. Yet while the successful moon landing decided the race for space in America’s favor, it didn’t undo our subliminal angst about the tightening embrace of technology.
SOURCE: Power Technology
How Accurate is HBO's Chernobyl? Experts Weigh In
Chernobyl has been a critical success on HBO, we spoke to experts in the nuclear industry about how accurate the show actually was.
A Brief History of Women's Fight to Wear Pants
The reasons that Western societies have devised for barring women from covering each leg individually have often fallen back on appeals to tradition and values.
Andy Warhol: A Lot More than Soup Cans
by Bruce Chadwick
A review of the Whitney Musem's exhibit Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again and a reflection on the artist.
SOURCE: Richard Norton
Satire and the History Behind "The Favourite" Movie
Although it is not a documentary film, much of its history about lesbianism in the court of Queen Anne is fairly accurate – or at least accurately reflects contemporary views about Queen Anne.
SOURCE: New York Review of Books
The History of the Long War Against a Gay ‘Cure’
“Yes, we are sick—we are sick of your manipulation and exploitation of us,” gay activist Frank Kameny declared in 1971.
'The Dictator's Playbook' looks at history, with an eye on today
The PBS documentary series provides modern-day resonance -- a guide to tyrants of the past, conveying lessons on how those tactics can be employed in the present.
SOURCE: The Stanford Daily
Stanford researchers: It may not have been an external event (like climate change) that triggered the revolution in technology 50,000 years ago
It may have been culture and migration.
SOURCE: The Antiquities Coalition
Map shows how culture in the Middle East is under threat
It shows, sadly, the clear march of destruction by Daesh and its sympathizers.
America Is More than the 82nd Airborne. We Need to Let the Muslim World Know that.
by Greg Barnhisel
Using culture to define us is one of the lessons of the Cold War we need to relearn.
White Men and Their Guns
by Leonard Steinhorn
When white men parade their firearms in public, it's not to deter crime, but to summon our deference.
SOURCE: New York Times
Why So Few Women in the Panthéon?
by Robert Zaretsky
The "Académie Française of the dead" is still an old-boys club.
1924 Leopold and Loeb Case: Murder Mania Returns
by Bruce Chadwick
Credit: Wiki Commons.Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two brilliant Chicago college students, have lived in infamy as the brutal slayers of 14 year old Bobby Franks in 1924, a student whom they kidnapped and murdered just to prove that they could commit the perfect crime.The pair planned the murder for seven months. They were certain they could get away with it because they believed they were “supermen” and were smarter than everyone else. They abducted Franks after school. He was beaten to death and dumped in a culvert near a Chicago area lake. Then the kidnappers sent a letter to his millionaire father demanding ransom. They did not know that the body had already been found; no ransom was paid.
SOURCE: BBC News
Alfred Hitchcock joins UNESCO register
Alfred Hitchcock's nine surviving silent films will join artefacts such as the Domesday Book in representing the cultural heritage of the UK.Hitchcock's films - the British director's earliest works - premiered at the British Film Institute last summer following extensive restoration.They have now been added to the Unesco UK Memory of the World Register.The register "reflects the richness of UK culture and history, from medieval manuscripts to ground-breaking cinema"....
SOURCE: The Scotsman (UK)
Is haggis actually from England?
A RENOWNED food historian has claimed haggis is an English dish, whose Scottish origins are as “made up” as tartan.Peter Brears, 68, said that many traditional tartans were “invented”, claiming that haggis and tartan were both appropriated by Scots in order to revitalise the country’s national identity.“Haggis is a really good English dish,” said Brears, the author of Traditional Food In Northumbria.“The earliest recipes are from 1390 from a book called The Forme of Cury, which means ‘the art of cooking’....
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