History

'Handout Hysteria' or Insensitivity?

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Jonathan Bean is a popular professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale -- even though his libertarian politics don't always coincide with his students' views. A historian, he was just named Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts.

Avoiding 'the Dustbin of History'

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Master’s degree programs in history play a role far more influential than would be indicated by the number of students enrolled. Because those students go on to either earn Ph.D.’s, teach in community colleges, teach in high schools or work in "public history," these programs have a broad impact on what millions of Americans will be taught about history.

Saving the Historical Record

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Scholars and archivists are making progress in sustaining a small but crucial program the Bush administration seeks to eliminate.

Few Rules for New Constitution Day Requirement

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The Education Department isn't requiring much from colleges to carry out a new law.

First Amendment Furor

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University press book sets off debate involving Alan Dershowitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and charges of plagiarism and anti-Semitism.

Progress and Problems for Female Historians

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Report documents advances by women in history departments -- and lingering impact of sexism, both overt and subtle, on careers.

Dissent and Cake -- Happy Constitution Day!

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Colleges plan a variety of ways to mark a holiday they have been ordered to celebrate.

Inbred Historians

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Top departments criticized for admitting Ph.D. students and hiring faculty from narrow group of institutions.

Rift in Disability Studies

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Supreme Court case on assisted suicide leaves professors debating when and how their scholarly society should weigh in on policy issues.

Not Just Child's Play

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“90 AD: A recently built Zulu city fell to my forces today. It was burned to the ground. Pity, it had quite a nice view of the ocean.”

That’s a journal entry from the emperor of Japan. The virtual emperor of Japan, anyway.

“130 AD: Persia contacted me today. Apparently, he finally convinced Cleo to introduce us. He seemed annoyed. In exchange for his World Map, I taught him Polytheism.”

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