Monthly Archives: February 2011

Attacks off Somalia and the History of Piracy

Another piracy attack off the coast of Somalia has resulted in renewed questions about the dynamics of modern piracy and possible approaches to curbing Somalian pirates’ activities.  Some are now advocating aggressive naval and military intervention by the United States … Continue reading

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Props and Historical Films

Props are key to establishing the “look” of the past in historical films.  But, how are props selected and used in films? A new NPR story examines the prop-masters in Hollywood who research, collect, and catalog period objects for use … Continue reading

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Jubilee Quartet and African-American Spirituals

A fascinating story explores how the Jubilee Quartet at Fisk University attempted to preserve slave-era spirituals in the early twentieth century. Read the story and hear the recordings from the 1900s and 1910s at NPR.  

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Director of the Archives Nationales Departs

Le Monde reports that the Director of the Archives Nationales in Paris has departed.  The Archives Nationales has been embroiled in a political fight over the installation of a historical museum in the Hôtel de Soubise, home of the Archives … Continue reading

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Women in Combat

Women’s participation in the United States Armed Forces is again being reconsidered, with combat roles the key focus.  NPR provided an analysis of the issue today in as story on “Women In War: ‘I’ve Lived Out There With The Guys.’” … Continue reading

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Marginalia at the Newberry Library

The Newberry Library is in the news again, with a feature on its collection of marginalia appearing in the New York Times today.  The story highlights the importance of studying marginal comments in books and raises questions about how e-marginalia … Continue reading

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Renaissance France in Chicago

Renaissance France is coming to Chicago!  A new exhibition, entitled “Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France,” will open at the Art Institute of Chicago on 27 February 2011. Students in my HIST 420 The Renaissance course at … Continue reading

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