Freedom and Formlessness: Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and the Affective Historical Present. Open Library of the Humanities, 2018 Ralph Clare This essay argues, via Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze, that in distinction to a neoliberal notion of time that overlooks the present moment and past experience, Ben Lerner’s 10:04 posits the existence, in both its form […]
If you were designing a course on modern Chinese history, where would you begin? Perhaps you would begin with 1840, dividing Chinese history into pre-contact and post-contact with the Western world. On the other hand, you might choose to begin with 1911, the fall of the Qing empire and the birth of the new Republic. […]
In recent posts I have recommended some 11th century and 21st century books. Now it’s time to look at books which span the years. These books help us step aside from what Francois Hartog has called “presentism,” allowing us to be challenged by premodern ways of thinking, not so that we can retreat into nostalgic […]
Buddha versus Popper: Do we live in the present or do we plan for the future? Rohit Parikh (CUNY). 4:10 pm, Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Faculty House, Columbia University Abstract. There are two approaches to life. The first one, which we are identifying with Sir Karl Popper, is to think before we act and to let […]
While it is true that most history professors are somewhere on the left end of the political spectrum, there are a number of problematic assumptions at the heart of the discourse of objectivity that warrant further investigation.
Jon Meacham’s new book casts U.S. history as a battle between the forces of darkness and light, with all-powerful Presidents dueling for the nation’s soul.
In this blog, Dagomar Degroot of Georgetown University muses on an intriguing question behind his forthcoming article (online first, Spring 2019) in Environment and History, ‘War of the Whales: Climate Change, Weather, and Arctic Conflict in the Early Seventeenth Century’: can historians write credibly about the future, as well as the past? In an era of […]
There are many theories regarding how time exists. Three main theories attempt provide explanation: presentism, eternalism, and the Growing Block Theory.
“Mark Twain was racist!” “Robert Heinlein was sexist!” “Jane Austin supported the patriarchy!” “Dickens was a … he’s just boring.” If all you read of Dickens is Bleak House or Ye Old Curiosity Shop then I’ll grant the last one. But otherwise, demands that people not read certain books because they do not meet the […]
Four roundtrips to Starkville this weekend! The occasion was and as Daughter C and The J-Man no longer live here on the Farm…, I was obligated to do those 3*45 minute trips between the Mill and the Farm in order to run and feed the dogs, let Tiger out, etc. 3*45 = 3 hours. Of […]
Hey guys! I just realized that I’m probably not only speaking to just the 6th period Research guys but now it’s all of Research together. Well, to those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, welcome. Yes, my blogs are organized by the historical periods of APUSH. Yes, I do regret […]
I’ve always found 100 days is a good time to stock take on a new job. I can’t take credit for it being my own idea, but ever since hearing it, it’s been a good rule of thumb. Work wise, I’m still very much working in the area I enjoy which is giving me a […]
One or two people have been asking about my MA so I thought I’d share this. In December we each made a presentation of our research so far and how it illuminates our practice. So, here is the text. Humour is a loaded term and one I would argue, that is not taken seriously. I […]
February 12th, 2019 International Speaking Contest This is a part of the Toastmasters International Speaking Contest. Each person is encouraged to give a speech of their choice as a part of this activity. The following persons have committed to a speech: Mary Jo Larry Janna Chris Norma Al _____________________________________________________________________________ The February 5th 2019 TM Meeting […]