Feb

23

Retelling the American West in the Museum

In this time filled with “alternative truths,” historian Marsha Weisiger argues for more sophisticated and multifaceted approaches to telling the history of the American West.

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Feb

20

Unpacking the Racially-Charged Term “Superpredators”

In the ‘90s, racialized terms like “wilding” and “superpredators” conjured dangerous racist imagery, causing moral panic, which both justified and resulted in the Crime Bill and other similar propositions.

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Jan

29

Jimmie Durham and the Art of Interruption

During a time when American history lessons are needed more than ever, Jimmie Durham’s return to the U.S. is appropriate and a welcome interruption to the norm.

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Jan

27

The Enduring Humor of New Yorker Cartoons

Now readers can go back in time (or at least throughout the 90 years represented in the New Yorker archives) to see the cartoons that continue to spur laughter and those that reflect larger changing societal values. The publication and its artists endure and keep the much-needed humor coming.

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Dec

25

How Charles Dickens Set the American Christmas Dinner Table

At the heart of Christmas celebrations are nods to tradition along with acceptance of change, just as Dickens once inspired.

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Dec

19

The American Counter-Narrative of Ledger Drawings

In the ledger drawings, the dispossession is multi-layered and traumatic: there is a dispossession of occupancy, property, education, and culture. Learning about this history is one step non-Native Americans can take on a path towards asking for forgiveness and making reparations.

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Dec

01

Teaching Trump: The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

With the rise of the crowd-sourced syllabus, such as the #FergusonSyllabus or #TrumpSyllabus, we explore what a syllabus is and how the digital age might be expanding the scope of online learners.

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Nov

25

Remembering Wounded Knee at Standing Rock

Have you been wondering about the history of Standing Rock protests and the American Indian Movement? Learn why and how we “Remember Wounded Knee.”

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Nov

10

The Making of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Though now celebrated for its modern, minimal design and contemplative space, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was once the subject of heated debates.

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Oct

20

Viral Videos and the Presidential Campaign

How do viral videos shape a presidential campaign? How do voters learn to “read” the art and advertisements they are seeing? Learn more from the scholars studying just this.

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